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The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Monday, May 11, 2015
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.

Goodreads Summary

The concept of this book is wonderful.  Who wants to have a boyfriend for a few hours with no strings attached and, hopefully, no attachment.  Gia's boyfriend broke up with her right before prom...and right when she needs to prove that he even exists.  She has to think fast and ends up asking a guy to be her stand-in boyfriend for the night.  Later on, Gia finds herself slowly falling in love with her mystery date.  Unfortunately, her mystery date wants a favor of his own and Gia has to be the stand-in girlfriend for the day.  After these two fake dates, the two discover that their fake relationship might not be as fake as it seems.  Both have to think fast though when Gia's "real" ex returns with threats.

I loved this book.  It was light-hearted and fun to read.  Gia was a funny, smart main character and I liked how she saw this random guy as fake date potential.  I don't think I would ever have came up with such a funny idea.  I really liked Hayden because he was a much nicer person than Gia (initially she was more of a typical high school mean girl).  I felt bad for him because he wanted his ex-girlfriend back.  The other characters were amusing and fit the book's plot nicely.  This book is recommended to young adult readers.

4 Stars

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