Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 5th, 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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. 

My thoughts…

This the second book by Kasie West that I read, I can honestly say that I probably will not read another book by her for a while. It’s nothing against the author or her writing, I just have a difficult time relating to her characters and their issues.

I didn’t care for Gia at the beginning of the book, she was self-centered and was too concerned about what others thought of her. She was also insecure and unsure of herself, she hides it by not letting anyone get close to her.

Hayden was beside me and reached out his hand. I took a step away. This hurt worse than any breakup I’d ever experienced before and we were never even together. We hadn’t even kissed. This is what it felt like to let someone in, I realized, and to really get to know them, to really let them know you. This is how it felt to genuinely like someone and to have him turn his back on you. I never wanted anyone to have this much power over my emotions again. It was safer to keep to myself, to keep things on the surface. Things ended better that way.

I did like Hayden the fill-in, he was just perfect. He is a nice guy with a fun personality and I also like his relationship with his sister and mom.

I didn’t understand why Jules was so head strong to turn Gia’s friends against her, that was a very important part of the plot that was never resolved. Gia was aware she was weaving herself into this horrible web of lies, but she never took initiative to tell the truth before her friends discovered her lies.

Overall, I did like it and like Gia towards the end, but I think a younger audience would enjoy it more.

Happy reading -J


  1. Awww man, I'm sorry you didn't love this one! I adored it - it grew on me. The character development is so on point, you can clearly see how Gia grew up. I didn't love the mean-girls thing her friends had going on, but I loved Hayden as well. What was the other West book you read? I liked On the Fence a lot, and P.S. I Like You. Well, I liked all of her books, even her paranormal. :D Anyway, great review, Jovita!

    Have a fantastic week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. I'm so disappointed because I really, really wanted to like her books, she is a very popular author and most readers seem to love her books. On the Fence is the other book I read, that one was just okay for me also. I may try another one of her books later in the future. Thank you for visiting Alyssa and have a wonderful week :)

  3. Sorry you weren't a fan of this one! I love West, but no author can work well for everyone!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. One of the great things about reading, we all find an author that is our favorite. Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting.

  4. Oh sorry this didn't work for you. I don't read lots of YA these days because I don't feel that I can relate to the characters anymore. I hope your next book is so much better. :)

    Anyway, awesome review.

    1. I just finished a Sarah Dessen book and I really enjoyed it, I was surprised, she's a new author to me and I will read her again. Have a wonderful day.

  5. ah too bas it wasn't what you expected but it looks ok in a whole. I heard a lot about this author but still need to try one of her books

    1. I was told that this one isn't one of her best books, apparently P.S I like you is suppose to be really good. Have a wonderful day :)