Monday, June 8, 2015

Book Review: "The Fill-In Boyfriend" by Kasie West

Gia's college age boyfriend suddenly dumps her in the parking lot outside of prom, and she panics.  How could she possibly go in there and face her friends without Bradley?  They already kind of think she's made him up, even though she didn't.  She panics.  She finds a guy sitting alone in his car, and practically begs him to pretend to be Bradley for prom and then to "break up" with her at the end of the night.  Fill-in Bradley needs a fill-in girlfriend for his ex's grad party and Gia repays the favor.  And even though they are acting (they are acting, right?) feelings start to be felt, and well...  you know where this is going.  Except real Bradley shows up again.

So, yeah, the basic story line is predictable.  I don't care.  I love the way West introduces us to these characters and gives them such wonderful hearts.  Where Gia took me a beat to actually like - she really is pretty shallow in the beginning - Fill-in Bradley is nearly perfect and his sister Bec is awesome.  I really enjoyed the dialogue between Gia and Fill-in Bradley (we do learn his real name, but its a great little scene and I don't want to spoil it for you).

Bottom line is that this is a tried and true trope, done in an adorable way by this author - one of my favorites for cutesy YA contemporary romantic stories.  I was in the mood for a feel good, happy kind of story and this delivered exactly what I needed.

*****
The Fill-In Boyfriend
by Kasie West
HarperTeen, 2015
343 pages
Source:  Library
*****

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