The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West



When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

My Thoughts

I haven’t read YA romance in a while. A long while. The Fill-In Boyfriend did not disappoint.

Our main character, Gia, is very relatable. She is absolutely terrified of conflict (preaching to the choir, there), and tries to avoid it at all costs. That was all too real for me, as that is how I had lived my life until quite recently.

Gia is trying to figure herself out, during her last weeks of high school, while trying to navigate a recent breakup, and friends who seem perfectly content with shallow, surface-only relationships. Gia wants to change, to grow up, and be a better person. Some of the people around her don’t like that. And if that isn’t the most relatable thing about high school, then I don’t know what is.

By meeting new people, and a new boy (who’s sheer sincerity and snark mark him as Bloody Brilliant in my books), Gia realizes a lot more about herself in the span of a few weeks than most people do their entire lives – and I think that is fantastic.

Realistically, people do not change that drastically, that fast. However, it is possible.

The Fill-In Boyfriend isn’t necessarily a coming of age story, but it’s definitely a story of growth and development. It’s a story full of heart, that will not only break yours from time to time, but will fill it to the brim, too.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 22, 2016.

3 Responses to “The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West”

  1. I haven’t read this one, but I really liked Kasie West’s Pivot Point/Split Second duology. They’re more SF/thriller YA, although there is an element of romance to them.

    • This is my first Kasie West book, but I really like how she writes young adults – women especially, but young adults in general. She kept them real, relatable, and I felt like I was there with them. Also, you really need to stop recommending books to me! One – I am running low on funds to buy books (tuition is pesky and annoying). Two – I am really starting to run out of space on my bookshelves! My piles are all over the house, and the cat is not amused.

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