Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Posted May 10, 2015 by valeranne in Reviews / 10 Comments

Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend

by Kasie West
Published on May 5th, 2015
by HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Pivot Point, The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, The Distance Between Us, On the Fence

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.

5 Stars


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.


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.


About Kasie West

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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10 responses to “Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

    • Yay! I’m sure that you’ll love it. Her other books are great but I feel like I connected the most with these characters (since I’m not an athlete nor am I like Caymen) and the boy was my favorite. 🙂

    • I’ve actually been hearing that a lot of people are having a hard time connecting to her. I appreciated her growth but I don’t think we could be friends. Nerdy boys are the best, preach! 🙂

    • I love when people express themselves using all caps! haha. Thanks, I freaking loved this book. SWOON BOOKS (and boys) ARE THE BEST. 🙂 I hope that you read is like tomorrow and thoroughly enjoy it. I keep rereading passages from

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