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The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend

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by Kasie West

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When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable…convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

The problem is that days after prom, she can't stop


When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable…convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

The problem is that days after prom, she can't stop thinking about her fill-in boyfriend. But can Gia turn her fake boyfriend into a real one without exposing her lie and possibly destroying her friendships and her newfound relationship?

Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Kasie West's talent shines in this tale of one girl's unexpected quest to find love…and possibly herself.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, April 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 1) - Kristi Sadowski
Gia is all about appearances—nominated for prom queen, focused on her Twitter and Instagram followers—but things are not as good for her as they seem. Someone in her group is trying to turn her friends against her, and when Gia gets dumped in the parking lot before prom, it is just going to make it that much easier. Gia cannot let that happen, so when she sees a boy reading a book in the parking lot, she marches over and begs him to be her fake date. It works. Fill-in Bradley is perfect, maybe too perfect. Her friends, who have never met him, totally believe the lie. It is too bad he is only a fill-in. As Gia grows closer to “FIB,” real name Hayden, and his sister, she begins to re-evaluate her relationships with her friends, her family, and herself. This is fluffy and romancey chick lit, but it is still deep enough to take Gia and the reader on a path to self discovery. Some of the situations could be more dire, but teenagers will certainly relate to the social struggles Gia encounters. Additionally, the characters are likable and with substantial chemistry. Romance readers will devour this. The Fill-In Boyfriend is sure to be a popular choice in all libraries and certain to circulate well. Reviewer: Kristi Sadowski; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Gia Montgomery is the epitome of a popular high school girl; she's a pretty, self-centered student body president who constantly seeks approval via social media. New girl Jules has been adopted into the popular girl clique but is really more of a frenemy, always trying to bring Gia down a notch or two. So when Gia's oft-bragged-about-but-never-actually-seen college boyfriend breaks up with her in the parking lot outside the prom, she is understandably desperate to save face. Enter random boy sitting in his car in the parking lot. Gia bangs on his window and demands/begs the stranger to fill in as her boyfriend for the prom. The Fill-In Bradley ("FIB") guy fits the bill, and Gia pulls off the deception to Jules and her friends. But circumstances continue to bring Gia and "FIB" (actual name: Hayden) together: Hayden's younger sister Bec is in Gia's history class and is quick to call in a favor. Now Gia is filling in as a pretend new girlfriend to make Hayden's ex jealous. Predictably, Gia and Hayden end up actually becoming friends, and a true attraction brews. The cotton candy-colored cover and title belie the fact that this is a genuinely clever and enjoyable book. Recommend this to fans of authors Sarah Dessen, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Stephanie Perkins as well as lovers of films like Clueless, Ten Things I Hate About You, and Easy A. VERDICT If sometimes too overt in the "shallow girl finds depth" theme, this sweet romantic tale is still hard not to like.—Tara Kehoe, New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, Trenton

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HarperCollins Publishers
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HL550L (what's this?)
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13 Years

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Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.

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The Fill-In Boyfriend 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
valercrazy More than 1 year ago
Five words: BEST KASIE WEST CONTEMPORARY YET! 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. Swoon. 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. FREAKING GREAT. That's all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of the characters were pretty likeable. This story is another that Kasie West perfected! I would recommend it to everyone.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: May 5, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Oh guys. Kasie West does it again. Her contemporary is out of this world, people. This book is so sweet, so enjoyable, and yet, so powerful. Reading the summary, you'd think it's just about Gia and her boyfriend/ex-boyfriend/fill-in boyfriends. But there are other issues at hand, and in classic Kasie West fashion, this book is filled with heartwarming romance, developed characters, friendships, relationships, and a significant issue in today's society - especially among young people. Gia's boyfriend breaks up with her right outside senior prom, just before they would enter. Bradley is a junior in college, and Gia's friends don't believe he really exists. So when Bradley breaks up with her, she's devastated... but mostly because now she doesn't have a boyfriend to show off. She grabs a random guy who dropped off his sister at prom, and together, they pose as a couple, and then break up at prom. But Gia finds that she misses her fill-in boyfriend, after the prom fiasco. But everyone thinks he's Bradley, and the real Bradley regrets breaking up with her. Gia has a mess that she didn't expect in her perfect, ordered life, and she doesn't know what she wants anymore. Believe it or not, Gia is the archetype of a Mean Girl, a Plastic. She's the queen bee, head of her pack, student council president, most popular girl in her class - how about school. One of her friends, Jules, is a total Regina George (I'll keep going with the Mean Girls references!), a terrible person, in my opinion. That girl is truly the mean one, but Gia goes along with what Jules does, because Jules will take away the rest of their friends from Gia, and Gia doesn't want that. There can't be two queen bees, that sort of thing. All that being said, as I was reading this book, I didn't think I would like Gia! She's shallow, conceited, not necessarily cruel, but clueless. She's a lot like a lot of girls I know... glued to her phone, constantly checking how many likes, retweets, comments, etc. her social media posts are getting. She's not malicious, but she isn't nice to everyone. And so when her fill-in boyfriend's sister (who goes to Gia's school) sees them at prom, the sister (Bec) puts her foot down. Gia never acknowledged Bec's existence before, and Gia's friends were mean to Nate (Bec's friend), so Bec doesn't want Gia anywhere near Hayden (the fill-in boyfriend). Understandable! But Gia undergoes a lot of character development in this book. Being broken up with (instead of doing the breaking up) changed her. Gia FEELS shallow, and her relationships with her friends strains after prom. Gia finds herself hanging more around Bec, who doesn't even like her. Gia's brother comes home from college and doesn't spend time with her. Gia is sad about the whole situation, but she grows up a lot.  Gia and Hayden see each other much more throughout the book. As it turns out, Hayden has an ex-girlfriend that he wants back. Bec manipulates the situation and has Hayden take Gia to his ex-girlfriend's graduation party. And then Hayden and Gia hang out again and again, including going to a play or going to his house or throwing baseballs at old cars. The more time Gia spends with Hayden, the more she realizes how much she likes him... which is hard for her. Hard for him as well, because he doesn't trust anyone, after his ex-girlfriend and his best friend went behind his back. I like Hayden a lot. He is sweet, loyal, and a tiny bit protective. He agreed to be Gia's fill-in boyfriend, and played the role beautifully. I think he's a college student, taking classes for acting. I'm not a hundred percent sure on that though. Hayden isn't overly macho or manly, but he is right amount of masculine and sensitive and dreamy.  The romance is so sweet! I wouldn't say that there is a ton of steam and chemistry sizzling all over the place, but Gia and Hayden certainly hit it off, right from the start. More importantly, they fall for each other slowly but surely. It takes some time for each to trust each other, for various reasons. I mean, they ARE using each other to fill roles to make exes jealous. I like the romance a lot. Kasie West sure knows how to build a romance without nasty things like insta-love, insta-lust, love triangles, etc. NO love triangle, guys! I know it might seem like there should be one, especially given the summary, but I promise you, no love triangle! There is so much more to this book than just the romance. Gia's relationships with her friends are significant - Gia and her friend Claire are to be roommates at UCLA (where Bradley, and Gia's brother, attend college). Gia and Jules, on the other hand, don't get along at all. The friendships take hit after hit, and the girls break apart and band together, like a cycle. Gia becomes closer with Bec, who seems less shallow than Gia's current friends. There is also Gia's relationship with her parents (weird relationship), and with her brother. Family and friends are just as important as Gia's relationship with Hayden!  There is also a universal theme in this book that I think is pretty crucial, especially in today's society. Gia is mocked by someone important to her for her obsessive use of social media. She is very angry and upset and heartbroken by the person's words against her, but she knows that everything was true. This is such a problem today - the social media, the need for attention, and validation. I'm so glad Kasie West incorporated this theme in the book. It was a really big part of the story, so I was happy to see it. Overall, I am so happy with this book! I don't know if I have a favorite Kasie West book because I've loved all five of her published ones to date! What I Did Not Like: I don't think I had too many dislikes... perhaps I wanted a little more physical romance, but I'm starting to see that that isn't really West's style. Which is totally fine, because the stories don't NEED that, but I wouldn't mind a more physical side to the relationships. Anyway, that's it. Would I Recommend It: I would absolutely recommend this book. Contemporary fan or no (remember, I'm not the biggest contemporary fan), you should give this one a shot. It's light but not overly fluffy, and there are a lot of significant themes about love, relationships, family, and social media. Totally worth the read. I wonder if there will be companion novels... I could see Bec and Nate getting their own book! Perhaps Spencer too. Spencer would make an interesting antihero.  Rating: 4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars (no reason in particular, just how I feel). I think Kasie West is an amazing contemporary writer! Her paranormal books were good, but her contemporary novels are out-of-this-world awesome. More, please and thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i ever read. If you are interested in reading it but cant decide the four words that wilk help you DRAMA.LOVE.GIRLS.IMPOSTERS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kaisie west did an amzing job on her book and i am currently reading 2 of her other ones right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg itme again girls you dont need a boyfriend to complete you. Your beutiful.plus the fill in boyfriend is a really great book. Anyway back to the point sure you want a boyfriend to make you look popular but you have a great future ahead of you when you study and is really smart then you can think about having a boyfriend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK. Modtly because there is nothing boring and I never know what it going to happen next.
loveprayread 27 days ago
This made me feel young and believe in young men being raised to be good at heart.
DisneyMeg 4 months ago
I loved this book! It was so cute and a simple read. I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it within a couple days.
ValerieStuckInBooks 8 months ago
I love this author. She has a great YA voice that rings true to this teacher. I, also, love her depth. Nothing is ever straight forward. It's an experience, one that anyone can grow from. Her characters grow and they always show that the mistakes people make help us become who we are. But what's different is the lack (thank goodness) of perfect adults and the adult voice cutting through the growth of her characters. She gets YA and creates funny, real and thought provoking stories that I just love to roll around in. Gia gets dumped in the parking lot of her senior prom. It may have been something she should have been able to cry with her friends with but their newest friend seems to have it out for her. She grabs hold of the only guy in the parking lot and convinces him to pretend to be her college boyfriend. Lies are usually a deal breaker for me but I do love pretending so I was excited to finally get the chance to see what this tangle of lies would lead to. And it was fun tangle. Truly. Of course, the lies increase and grow no matter how Gia tries to get them under control. It's ironic that the one person who accused of her lying is the one person that drove her to actually lying. And while I don't condone the action of lying, it is what brought her to actually evaluate her life and determine she wasn't who she wanted to be. I so love FIB (Fill-in Bradley). We don't learn his name for a good part of the book. Gia takes to calling him Fill-in Bradley and he thinks the initials FIB are fitting. He has a great sense of humor and a broken heart. Eve, the breaker of his heart, is a &*#!*#* and I wanted to scratch her eyes out. Bec, his sister, is funny and a great friend to both her brother and as it turns out Gia. I loved the dynamics of their family and baseballs. (Gonna have to read it for that one). I could have used some baseballs when I was growing up as well. But FIB is a great guy. One who can't leave a girl in the parking lot after another jerk, Bradley, breaks up with her outside of prom. Who does that?? Seriously! And then when Bradley called her afterwards to...never mind. I DO NOT LIKE BRADLEY. Back to FIB. He's just a good guy with questionable taste in friends. Adorable. He's adorable with his shaggy hair and glasses but he cleans up nice. I love it when Gia fixes his hair but then decides she likes it better his way in the end. At the end, I just wanted it to go on - to know what happened when Gia left for college. To know what happened with Bec. To know what happened with Clair. It was just a place I enjoyed being. This is one of those books that anyone can read and enjoy. It's funny. It's thought provoking. It's satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book love it so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book! I loved it. It teaches you to be a leader not a follower, not to let the wrong people influence you into things you know aren't right, and finding the right friends. Gia completely changes as the book goes on.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the plot behind the story. Although i do wonder went on between Nate and Bec.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This book made me feel incredibly old. I read a lot of YA books. I have a teenager and we like to talk about books every once in a while. I have seen this book floating around internet and thought it would be one that I would enjoy. I think that the target audience for this book would really enjoy. My daughter would most likely love it. I thought it was okay but during much of the story I kept wondering why anyone would do the things they were doing. Gia is dumped by her boyfriend, Bradley, in the parking lot as they are going into her senior prom. She is able to talk another boy waiting in his car to fill-in for Bradley and take her to the prom. She doesn't want her friends to know that she was dumped because she thinks that they may just think she made Bradley up completely. Things take off from there and the pair develop a nice friendship that could lead to more. I couldn't help but wondering why it was so important what Gia's friends thought since she is only weeks away from graduating. I do remember how important my friends were at that age but as an old lady I know that she will not see most of those people again except for on Facebook. Most of the problems in this book could just be solved if she quit worrying about what everyone else thinks. There were some cute moments in the book. The fill-in was adorable at the prom and I loved Beck and the rest of his family. Gia's family was a nightmare in that perfect Barbie sort of way. The friends that Gia was trying so hard to impress were very hard to like. The time spent with the fill-in and his family really made up for most of the negatives. He was just such a nice guy. I like the narrator quite a bit. Shannon McManus capture Gia perfectly. I thought she did a great job with all of the voices but she really became Gia. The pacing of her reading was nicely done and I think she captured the emotions of the characters very well. It was a pleasant listening experience and I would certainly listen to her work again. I would recommend this book to others. I think that teenagers and young adults will really enjoy it. This is the first book by Kasie West that I have had a chance to read but I would pick up more of her work in the future. I received a review copy of this audiobook from Dreamscape Media - Ideal Audiobooks for the purpose of providing an honest review.
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2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Gia gets dumped by her boyfriend, right out in the parking lot on the night of her high school prom. She has a friend who already doubted she was dating a college boy - so she grabs the only boy in the lot. After some begging, he agrees to help her with her problem. Hayden AKA "Fill-In for Bradley", is happy to help her. They hit it off quick, and he helps her solve the issue on prom night. He also has ex problems of his own. To pay him back, Gia goes to a party with him to show his ex-girlfriend and ex-best friend he has moved on. Gia is swarmed with thoughts of Hayden and soon forgets about Bradley the dumper. They decide to be friends. Gia is also getting to be friends with Hayden's sister, who attends the same high school. Hayden is better boyfriend material than Bradley ever was. Gia is torn with what to do as time goes on and her friends hound her for more information about what happened the night of the prom. Can a white lie turn into a red hot nuclear event? How can she turn it around? I loved every single chapter in this book! I was a little too excited at times - yelling at the characters in the book as I was reading along. This is a book you want to read when you have time to not have to put it down. It gives you the feels, makes you laugh, makes you cry and share with friends.
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KristiHulsey More than 1 year ago
I really really enjoyed this book. I had been wanting read this since it came out. But my library never got it in. So I just ended up buying it. I am so glad I did. Its was just so cute and so easy to read. I love Kasie West, I am hoping to read all her books I only have like 2-3 left to read. But all of her books I have read are 5 stars reads for me. I just love them that much. I love how easy these books are to read. They are just so sweet, so fluffy. I love stories like this. I was expecting a kind of different ending. I am glad it didn't end the way I thought. But I do like the ending to this. It made the story more real. Like not every character has a happy ending. Not everybody has to be together or become friends again. Thats what made this story more real. The characters of Gia and Fill in boyfriend. They were so cute. I love how their relationship progressed. I didnt like the character of the real Bradley. I liked the fill in Bradley. He was much nicer. I loved his real name though. I just love his name. I loved the anticipation getting up to his name. Their was one particular part to this story that almost made me bust into tears. I was so sad. I just wanted to throw the book at that point. Here's a quote of that particular part. “Chin up. There are other fish in the sea. It's a big ocean. Sometimes we need to catch and release a few before we find the keeper.” It was just so sad. I am not a crying person but this part almost had me. This is just a really sweet contemporary young adult love story. That every body that likes fluffy books needs to read. If you havent read Kasie West at all, you should definately read her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think its sad that i dont have a soul mate :c o---l:::::::::::::> wanna hook up? (Reply back to kamryn)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would like you guys to use the term "shoefly" instead of the words meaning cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How old r u?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's really a good book should read