The Fill-in Boyfriend – Kasie West
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.
This is my second Kasie West book and as I already have come to expect from her, this was a really fun and cute story! Yes, I might be a bit of a cliché, I mean a popular girl comes across and un-popular guy and against all odds falls in love with him and becomes a better person in the process, but it was well executed so I didn’t mind at all. I probably love it even more because of that! And all the dialogue is just so witty and fun to read!
“I wanted him to like me because as much as I’d tried, I could no longer deny the fact that I liked him.”
My favourite aspect of this book is the characters. Kasie West managed to give each character enough depth to make them realistic and understandable, even relatable on some level which is impressive given the fact that this book is rather on the short side. Personally, I hated the main character Gia when I started reading this book and I didn’t expect to grow to love her by the end. She started out as shallow and self-centred, the typical popular girl stereotype which I hate. Her character growth throughout the book made up for all that though! Then there are Hayden and his sister Bec, two characters that I absolutely adored! Hayden is just such a sweet and kind person! And Bec is so sarcastic and wonderful!
Despite it being a short and fluffy love story, it did introduce some important topics such as the impact of social media on teenagers, group pressure and the need to belong even if it means not being yourself. I hadn’t expected this and it definitely made me think about these topics.
So overall, it was a fun and quick story with well-written characters and amusing dialogue! Definitely a perfect fluffy read for during the summer holidays! It even gives you some food for thought which was a nice surprise.