The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend

by Kasie West

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Overview

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable…convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

The problem is that days after prom, she can't stop thinking about her fill-in boyfriend. But can Gia turn her fake boyfriend into a real one without exposing her lie and possibly destroying her friendships and her newfound relationship?

Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Kasie West's talent shines in this tale of one girl's unexpected quest to find love…and possibly herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062336392
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 75,307
File size: 860 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing. Visit her online at www.kasiewest.com.

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The Fill-In Boyfriend 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
valercrazy More than 1 year ago
Five words: BEST KASIE WEST CONTEMPORARY YET! I can't even with this book. It was perfect. PERFECT. This book was made for me specifically. Fake dating relationship? Check. Nerdy love interest? Check. Spunky sister? Check. SWOONS, SWOONS, AND MORE SWOONS? Check, check, and check. Seriously, this book is amazing. Gia Montgomery is dumped in the parking lot outside out of her high school prom. As if things couldn't get any worse, her frenemy is spreading rumors that her hunky college man doesn't even exist. In a state of utter desperation, she enlists the help of an innocent bystander to fill in for her boyfriend. Right off the bat, when we meet Fill-in Bradley (Bradley being her ex-boyfriend) he is wearing a Doctor Who shirt and he is perfection. He is snarky and funny and socially awkward. HALLELUJAH. I love this man. They go into prom together but things don't go smoothly. Enter Bec, Fill-in Bradley's sister who loathes Gia Montgomery. Bec is the best! (Not because she hates Gia, just because she's freaking awesome) I typically love the love interests the most but man, Bec came in and stole the book! She's amazing. Freaking amazing. She's funny, rude, blunt, sassy, and honest. I freaking love her and she loves her brother. The shenanigans that ensue... TOP NOTCH. TOP NOTCH. This book was made for me because I got everything that I could possibly want from this book. EVERYTHING. Swoon. When you wade through the abundance of swoons (SWOONS), you will find a heartbreakingly honest story in Gia. She has to find herself in this book and it isn't easy to see things clearly for the first time. I appreciated how Kasie wrote Gia and I think that a lot of people will relate. It isn't easy but I loved how much Gia grew, even though it was incredibly hard. FREAKING GREAT. That's all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the characters were pretty likeable. This story is another that Kasie West perfected! I would recommend it to everyone.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: May 5, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Oh guys. Kasie West does it again. Her contemporary is out of this world, people. This book is so sweet, so enjoyable, and yet, so powerful. Reading the summary, you'd think it's just about Gia and her boyfriend/ex-boyfriend/fill-in boyfriends. But there are other issues at hand, and in classic Kasie West fashion, this book is filled with heartwarming romance, developed characters, friendships, relationships, and a significant issue in today's society - especially among young people. Gia's boyfriend breaks up with her right outside senior prom, just before they would enter. Bradley is a junior in college, and Gia's friends don't believe he really exists. So when Bradley breaks up with her, she's devastated... but mostly because now she doesn't have a boyfriend to show off. She grabs a random guy who dropped off his sister at prom, and together, they pose as a couple, and then break up at prom. But Gia finds that she misses her fill-in boyfriend, after the prom fiasco. But everyone thinks he's Bradley, and the real Bradley regrets breaking up with her. Gia has a mess that she didn't expect in her perfect, ordered life, and she doesn't know what she wants anymore. Believe it or not, Gia is the archetype of a Mean Girl, a Plastic. She's the queen bee, head of her pack, student council president, most popular girl in her class - how about school. One of her friends, Jules, is a total Regina George (I'll keep going with the Mean Girls references!), a terrible person, in my opinion. That girl is truly the mean one, but Gia goes along with what Jules does, because Jules will take away the rest of their friends from Gia, and Gia doesn't want that. There can't be two queen bees, that sort of thing. All that being said, as I was reading this book, I didn't think I would like Gia! She's shallow, conceited, not necessarily cruel, but clueless. She's a lot like a lot of girls I know... glued to her phone, constantly checking how many likes, retweets, comments, etc. her social media posts are getting. She's not malicious, but she isn't nice to everyone. And so when her fill-in boyfriend's sister (who goes to Gia's school) sees them at prom, the sister (Bec) puts her foot down. Gia never acknowledged Bec's existence before, and Gia's friends were mean to Nate (Bec's friend), so Bec doesn't want Gia anywhere near Hayden (the fill-in boyfriend). Understandable! But Gia undergoes a lot of character development in this book. Being broken up with (instead of doing the breaking up) changed her. Gia FEELS shallow, and her relationships with her friends strains after prom. Gia finds herself hanging more around Bec, who doesn't even like her. Gia's brother comes home from college and doesn't spend time with her. Gia is sad about the whole situation, but she grows up a lot.  Gia and Hayden see each other much more throughout the book. As it turns out, Hayden has an ex-girlfriend that he wants back. Bec manipulates the situation and has Hayden take Gia to his ex-girlfriend's graduation party. And then Hayden and Gia hang out again and again, including going to a play or going to his house or throwing baseballs at old cars. The more time Gia spends with Hayden, the more she realizes how much she likes him... which is hard for her. Hard for him as well, because he doesn't trust anyone, after his ex-girlfriend and his best friend went behind his back. I like Hayden a lot. He is sweet, loyal, and a tiny bit protective. He agreed to be Gia's fill-in boyfriend, and played the role beautifully. I think he's a college student, taking classes for acting. I'm not a hundred percent sure on that though. Hayden isn't overly macho or manly, but he is right amount of masculine and sensitive and dreamy.  The romance is so sweet! I wouldn't say that there is a ton of steam and chemistry sizzling all over the place, but Gia and Hayden certainly hit it off, right from the start. More importantly, they fall for each other slowly but surely. It takes some time for each to trust each other, for various reasons. I mean, they ARE using each other to fill roles to make exes jealous. I like the romance a lot. Kasie West sure knows how to build a romance without nasty things like insta-love, insta-lust, love triangles, etc. NO love triangle, guys! I know it might seem like there should be one, especially given the summary, but I promise you, no love triangle! There is so much more to this book than just the romance. Gia's relationships with her friends are significant - Gia and her friend Claire are to be roommates at UCLA (where Bradley, and Gia's brother, attend college). Gia and Jules, on the other hand, don't get along at all. The friendships take hit after hit, and the girls break apart and band together, like a cycle. Gia becomes closer with Bec, who seems less shallow than Gia's current friends. There is also Gia's relationship with her parents (weird relationship), and with her brother. Family and friends are just as important as Gia's relationship with Hayden!  There is also a universal theme in this book that I think is pretty crucial, especially in today's society. Gia is mocked by someone important to her for her obsessive use of social media. She is very angry and upset and heartbroken by the person's words against her, but she knows that everything was true. This is such a problem today - the social media, the need for attention, and validation. I'm so glad Kasie West incorporated this theme in the book. It was a really big part of the story, so I was happy to see it. Overall, I am so happy with this book! I don't know if I have a favorite Kasie West book because I've loved all five of her published ones to date! What I Did Not Like: I don't think I had too many dislikes... perhaps I wanted a little more physical romance, but I'm starting to see that that isn't really West's style. Which is totally fine, because the stories don't NEED that, but I wouldn't mind a more physical side to the relationships. Anyway, that's it. Would I Recommend It: I would absolutely recommend this book. Contemporary fan or no (remember, I'm not the biggest contemporary fan), you should give this one a shot. It's light but not overly fluffy, and there are a lot of significant themes about love, relationships, family, and social media. Totally worth the read. I wonder if there will be companion novels... I could see Bec and Nate getting their own book! Perhaps Spencer too. Spencer would make an interesting antihero.  Rating: 4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars (no reason in particular, just how I feel). I think Kasie West is an amazing contemporary writer! Her paranormal books were good, but her contemporary novels are out-of-this-world awesome. More, please and thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i ever read. If you are interested in reading it but cant decide the four words that wilk help you DRAMA.LOVE.GIRLS.IMPOSTERS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kaisie west did an amzing job on her book and i am currently reading 2 of her other ones right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg itme again girls you dont need a boyfriend to complete you. Your beutiful.plus the fill in boyfriend is a really great book. Anyway back to the point sure you want a boyfriend to make you look popular but you have a great future ahead of you when you study and is really smart then you can think about having a boyfriend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK. Modtly because there is nothing boring and I never know what it going to happen next.
QueenAlchemy More than 1 year ago
Now I see what all the hype is about. I loved every moment of this book! I read this in a single sitting. I just could not put it down! This is my second Kasie West book and she certainly has a way of making her readers latch on to the stories. There is a lightness in the books, but they are also full of emotion and so far always contain a moral of sorts. The main moral in this book is trust. It comes up repeatedly in this book in many different forms. In this book, we experience trust and complications from a lack of trust in friendships, romantic relationships, and family. But trust isn't the only issue that is explored in this book. There really are a myriad of topics that are explored in this book. Being blind to friendships and to oneself, both in how you treat other people and how you represent yourself to others. Going along with your friends and not questioning if they are right or wrong. A sense of discovering oneself. A lot of feeling like an outsider, even among family and friends. Betrayal comes up for both main characters as well. I loved all of the characters in this book! The main characters and the side characters were so great! I loved Gia's character development. She goes through such a personal transformation in this book and it is just so heartwarming. I loved Hayden's characters. He was such a darling. I wish that I could wrap him up and take him home with me. He was the perfect book boyfriend. I also loved Bec's character a lot. I loved how she and Gia became close after starting things out so roughly. The other side characters were very convincing and written into the story very well. The overall plot of this story is entirely entertaining. There really is so much drama, but the main characters deal with the hard-knocks that life delivers them gracefully. And through all of the drama, the morals in the story get to really shine. I absolutely loved the romance. It was adorable, riveting, and entirely delightful! I love how Gia and Hayden got to know each other and the slow-burn romance was killer in this. Hayden is pretty much perfect. He is a gentleman, loyal, supportive, absolutely adorable, and he has a great heart. I liked that he and Gia brought out the best in each other and were there to support one another in their relationship woes and Gia's family issues. I liked how being around Hayden made Gia really come out of her shell and take the blinders off on her life. She was able to look around and see things and people for what they really were and she was able to grow as a person. And there is no denying that Hayden and Gia had the most adorable chemistry. I don't know how many times you can say the word "adorable" in a book review, but I am betting that I am pushing a threshold right about now. Overall, this was, yes, and adorable read filled with lots of characters growth, a romance that will melt your heart, and a story that will keep you reading until the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gia just got dumped by her college boyfriend at prom! And their new 'friend' pushes that Gia never had a boyfriend in the first place. In desperation, she asked the guy that's sitting in his car on the parking lot to be her fill-in boyfriend. That plot is just too good to pass up. I've been eyeing this book since forever and now that I got into reading audiobooks, I finally can! Alright, I know it sucks starting off with the things I don't like about this book, but I'm still gonna do it. The first thing the irked me is the "character development" I thought the way the author wrote Gia's character was weird... It's like Gia forgot how she did things this way, and it magically turned her onto that way. I also didn't relate to Gia that much. Maybe because she's a popular girl character... Also, perfect boy alert! He's not 100% perfect because we see some problems accuring with Hayden. But I have to admit the way their meet cute and their romance progresses is really well done. I also like the complicated relationships that Gia has with her family. I liked that she realizes many things about her parents and her brother. The friendship was also very good. The development of the new ones and the drama of the old ones was such a good turning point in the story. The flow of the story is what made me want to keep reading. Just the things that are happening makes you want to read more. And this is why this book is so worth reading! It's really good! Though I'm late getting into the amazing-ness of Kasie West's contemporaries, I still love exploring it. Just shows that her books are still relevant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West is a standalone young adult romance novel that emphasizes how a journey towards self-discovery can be significantly motivated when influenced by love. The Fill-In Boyfriend focuses on Gia Montgomery, a popular high school senior with the stereotypical perfect life; supportive family, reliable best friends, attractive boyfriend, and an enviously excellent academic career. Unfortunately, Gia’s picture-perfect existence starts to unravel when her boyfriend dumps her on the night of prom. Fearing her friends’ judgement, Gia makes an impulsive decision; asking the random (yet handsome) stranger in a nearby parked car to be her temporary boyfriend. Her overall proposal is simple enough; convince her friends of their ‘relationship’ long enough to stage a public break up at the end of prom. Once the scheme has run its course, proving to Gia’s friends that her boyfriend exists, they can part ways. In Gia’s mind, her decision and ultimate actions are justifiable as she is just ‘rearranging’ the events of the night; it’s not lying if the events really happened. However, Gia’s seemingly flawless ruse begins to collapse when she finds herself constantly thinking of her mysterious prom date, long after their arrangement has ended. Unbeknownst to her, Gia’s ‘fall from grace’ that fateful night not only forced her to cross paths with this mysteriously attractive man, but it also sparks her into questioning who she is and ultimately discovering who she wants to be. At the start of the novel, Gia Montgomery is portrayed as the snobby yet shallow popular student. Constantly depending on validation from others, Gia does not have a personality separate from the ‘spotlight’. In other words, she presents herself in the image the world has deemed to be perfect; so, if arriving at prom without a date is considered ill-advised, she modifies her path away from that course. Her initial attitude and overall indifferent personality was exhausting to witness. Luckily, once she met Hayden, otherwise known as the Fill-In Boyfriend, her overall demeanor began to evolve. She finds herself wanting to be better; no longer blindly accepting her friends demeaning comments towards others or constantly seeking validation from strangers. In a way, meeting Hayden, and developing the eventual crush, allowed Gia to slowly examine her overall attitude and consequent actions and how they affect others. To read the rest of my review, check out the blog A New Look On Books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From Kiersten C I absolutely loved this book! It kept my attention the whole time, and I couldn't wait for what was going to come next. Now that I have read this book I think I will definitely read other books written by the same author because I love their style so much that I think I would enjoy their other books just as much. Gia Montgomery is the Main character in the book. At first when Gia was dumped in the parking lot of her prom, I thought the story was going to be very sad. That would be the last thing any girl would want to happen, being dumped on a very special night, PROM! I had no clue what Gia was going to do next, but what she did changed my whole mindset on the story. Gia ends up having another boy “fill in” as her date to the prom for the night, but it doesn't go as planned for her. All gia wanted was a fill in for two hours, and nothing more. I didn't know what was going to happen after the dance, but that's what I love about this book. I knew something awesome was going to happen because it has really been keeping me intrigued. Gia ends up kind of falling in love with her “fill in boyfriend”, which at first I thought was kinda funny and good. Although when it comes time to graduation her ex comes running back for her which makes the story end up with a major twist. Overall I loved The Fill in Boyfriend, and I would love to read more books written by the same author, the only thing I didn’t like was that she immediately thought that she needed another boy to go with her to the dance. I think that Prom could be just as fun with all ur friends and maybe she wouldn't of ended up with so many problems. I would rate by book a 5 out of 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Kasie West's books. They speak to me and I can really imagine the story in my head. She and her books are amazing and outstanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was just what I needed after binging on a magical realism series... Very cute and fluffy and a fast read.
YAandWine More than 1 year ago
THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND is a sweet and swoony contemporary read. Reading it reminds me of listening to a Taylor Swift song, and I mean that in only a good way. It has some great elements of romantic comedy, character arcs, and dreamy book boyfriends. This is a great summer read. One element of this story that I had a bit of hard time with at first was the mean girls trope. I would really like to see more representations of popular kids in high school who are not mean. I know there certainly are mean girls in schools, but there are also nice "cool" kids too, and we don't see enough of those. That said, Kasie West did put her own twist on this. She used Gia's character to point out that you can be a "mean girl" unintentionally just by being self absorbed and not taking the time to notice or care about the people around you. Gia is certainly what I would call an unintentional mean girl. She isn't intentionally rude to other people, but hurts them just the same. I think this is a very important message for everyone, and I'm so glad to see that West did include that in the story. Fill-in Bradley is absolutely sweet, funny, and swoon-worthy. His character and the dynamic between him and Gia made this such a fun and entertaining read. I am so excited to read more of West's books after this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book! I could read it over and over! Real intense and super intriguing!!!
MAMABookasaurus More than 1 year ago
I have fallen completely in love with Kasie West and her novels. No matter what the genre, the storyline, the plot, West captivates and engages her readers. In a nutshell, when I pick up one of her books, I sit down, get comfy and hear Jean-Luc Picard's luscious voice say, "Engage" in my head. Everytime. Yes, I am a sci-fy geek but I digress. This book lived up to her high writing standards. Complex characters written in a digestible format. Don't get me wrong, it's not fluff but conversational. My favorite kind of style. You will love this tale. I wanted to beat the MC over the head with their own book early on, but do not fret, for West develops and matures her characters like the finest wines. Gia irritated me like a tub of sand where the sun doesn't shine but she grew on me and blossomed. There are some real life lessons to be learned from the situations she gets herself into. Everybody will get dumped. Everyone will feel insecure. And everyone will learn one way or the other who their real friends are and what is most important in their relationships. Real. Organic. Witty. Interesting. Surprisingly deep. Bravo.
loveprayread More than 1 year ago
This made me feel young and believe in young men being raised to be good at heart.
DisneyMeg More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was so cute and a simple read. I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it within a couple days.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I love this author. She has a great YA voice that rings true to this teacher. I, also, love her depth. Nothing is ever straight forward. It's an experience, one that anyone can grow from. Her characters grow and they always show that the mistakes people make help us become who we are. But what's different is the lack (thank goodness) of perfect adults and the adult voice cutting through the growth of her characters. She gets YA and creates funny, real and thought provoking stories that I just love to roll around in. Gia gets dumped in the parking lot of her senior prom. It may have been something she should have been able to cry with her friends with but their newest friend seems to have it out for her. She grabs hold of the only guy in the parking lot and convinces him to pretend to be her college boyfriend. Lies are usually a deal breaker for me but I do love pretending so I was excited to finally get the chance to see what this tangle of lies would lead to. And it was fun tangle. Truly. Of course, the lies increase and grow no matter how Gia tries to get them under control. It's ironic that the one person who accused of her lying is the one person that drove her to actually lying. And while I don't condone the action of lying, it is what brought her to actually evaluate her life and determine she wasn't who she wanted to be. I so love FIB (Fill-in Bradley). We don't learn his name for a good part of the book. Gia takes to calling him Fill-in Bradley and he thinks the initials FIB are fitting. He has a great sense of humor and a broken heart. Eve, the breaker of his heart, is a &*#!*#* and I wanted to scratch her eyes out. Bec, his sister, is funny and a great friend to both her brother and as it turns out Gia. I loved the dynamics of their family and baseballs. (Gonna have to read it for that one). I could have used some baseballs when I was growing up as well. But FIB is a great guy. One who can't leave a girl in the parking lot after another jerk, Bradley, breaks up with her outside of prom. Who does that?? Seriously! And then when Bradley called her afterwards to...never mind. I DO NOT LIKE BRADLEY. Back to FIB. He's just a good guy with questionable taste in friends. Adorable. He's adorable with his shaggy hair and glasses but he cleans up nice. I love it when Gia fixes his hair but then decides she likes it better his way in the end. At the end, I just wanted it to go on - to know what happened when Gia left for college. To know what happened with Bec. To know what happened with Clair. It was just a place I enjoyed being. This is one of those books that anyone can read and enjoy. It's funny. It's thought provoking. It's satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book love it so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book! I loved it. It teaches you to be a leader not a follower, not to let the wrong people influence you into things you know aren't right, and finding the right friends. Gia completely changes as the book goes on.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the plot behind the story. Although i do wonder went on between Nate and Bec.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This book made me feel incredibly old. I read a lot of YA books. I have a teenager and we like to talk about books every once in a while. I have seen this book floating around internet and thought it would be one that I would enjoy. I think that the target audience for this book would really enjoy. My daughter would most likely love it. I thought it was okay but during much of the story I kept wondering why anyone would do the things they were doing. Gia is dumped by her boyfriend, Bradley, in the parking lot as they are going into her senior prom. She is able to talk another boy waiting in his car to fill-in for Bradley and take her to the prom. She doesn't want her friends to know that she was dumped because she thinks that they may just think she made Bradley up completely. Things take off from there and the pair develop a nice friendship that could lead to more. I couldn't help but wondering why it was so important what Gia's friends thought since she is only weeks away from graduating. I do remember how important my friends were at that age but as an old lady I know that she will not see most of those people again except for on Facebook. Most of the problems in this book could just be solved if she quit worrying about what everyone else thinks. There were some cute moments in the book. The fill-in was adorable at the prom and I loved Beck and the rest of his family. Gia's family was a nightmare in that perfect Barbie sort of way. The friends that Gia was trying so hard to impress were very hard to like. The time spent with the fill-in and his family really made up for most of the negatives. He was just such a nice guy. I like the narrator quite a bit. Shannon McManus capture Gia perfectly. I thought she did a great job with all of the voices but she really became Gia. The pacing of her reading was nicely done and I think she captured the emotions of the characters very well. It was a pleasant listening experience and I would certainly listen to her work again. I would recommend this book to others. I think that teenagers and young adults will really enjoy it. This is the first book by Kasie West that I have had a chance to read but I would pick up more of her work in the future. I received a review copy of this audiobook from Dreamscape Media - Ideal Audiobooks for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago