by Kasie West
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 5, 2015)
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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.Okay first off, I love how you don't know the main guy's name until page 106. So I'll have to be careful not to say it. But it's worth the wait, it's an epic name. Gia is not my favorite name, but it fits her.
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.
Kasie West has a theme in all her contemporary books, parent problems. In Distance Between Us she has only a mother, and that comes with a whole list of problems. In On the Fence she has only a dad, you find out that there is more to her mother's death than meets the eye. But in this one, her parents are too perfect????
These books also face other issues. In Distance Between Us there are financial issues, where you see this family that is struggling to stay off the streets. In On The Fence you see a broken family that still hasn't gotten over the death of their mother. In Fill In Boyfriend they face bullying. None of these things that I've mentioned are huge in the book. But they're still there.
Fill-In Boyfriend begins with a breakup between the main character, Gia, and her new ex, Bradley. So she just approaches this random guy, and is like, 'Can you pretend to be my boyfriend?' She wants her friends to accept her and doesn't want them to know that she was dumped. Mostly because of her frenemy Jules. Jules pretty much doesn't believe that Bradley is real. Now that Jules has taken over her group of friends, she's afraid that if Jules calls her out and decides to ditch her, that her best friend will leave her too. So she's lying to prove that she's not lying........ Can you see where that's going?
But I love all of them. Including this one. This is #2 out of 3. DBU is 1 :). Gia represents how high school girls really feel, and I like that it's real. This also shows how mature she gets throughout the book. So it was really cool. My favorite character is Fill-In Bradley. I LOVE HIM!!! He's just soo nerdy and cute. He loves all these books and movies and he stays true to who he is. His name is so awesome. SO READ THE FREAKING BOOK!!! But read the other ones too.