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.
I really liked the Kassie West books I’ve read, but I haven’t loved them like so many people do. The Fill in Boyfriend had so many things going for it, but at the end of the day it didn’t wow me and I did have a few issues at it.
That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend the book. For a quick light hearted soon to be forgettable read, I say go for it. It’s a nice story. Perfect to read for a beach read, but there’s nothing really memorable about it.
There are better contemporaries out there.
But it’s not bad.
I liked the character progression of Gia for the most part, and Not Bradley was a pretty swoon worthy guy. And I think the romance really worked for me.
In fact, it was probably the best thing about this book.
But there (obviously) were things that didn’t work for me. Mainly, the fact that a lot of the supporting characters were assholes and there was a lot of girl hate in this book.
While I understand that a lot of these secondary characters weren’t going to be perfect people, what I didn’t get was that we saw no explanation or no consequences for their a-holeness. In particular, I really couldn’t stand Jules and Gia’s brother.
Truly horrible people there.
But in the end, the brother barely gets a slap on the wrist for doing something that pretty much traumatizing and Jules well basically gets her cake and eats it too.
And yes, I know it was realistic to a degree. But I’m reading I want some consequences where something bad happens to horrible people.
Because real life sucks.
I just felt like all the consequences were thrust on Gia, and a lot of the time she didn’t deserve it. While she did do some stupid things, she wasn’t horrible like many of the above mentioned characters. So THAT’S what I had a problem with.
I also hated the girl hate in this book. Yes, Jules is a jerk, and I hated her, but I hated how female relationships in general were treated as if everyone is some sort of frenemy with each other. Why can’t there be healthy female friendships in this books? It felt like all the female friendships, save for maybe the tentative one that one that is formed between Gia and Not Bradley’s sister at the end of the book rely on the good old Mean Girls trope.
Whatever though. Other than those two issues and some utterly groan worthy predictable plot twists ones, it was okay and what I expected. Kassie West can write a good romance it just doesn’t hit the same swoon levels as say Meg Cabot or Stephanie Perkins books do.
Overall Rating: A solid B.