Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

3 of 5 stars

Book Summary:

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.

Book Review:

The Fill-in Boyfriend is a short, funny teen rom-com, something I can see being made into a Netflix Movie starring Noah Centineo in a lead role.

Everybody lies in life, even though we have been told over and over that it is a nasty little habit. We are told that it’s wrong to lie right from our childhood. Then we grow up and start differentiating the degrees of lying – we tell ourselves that some lies are alright. We can forgive ourselves if we are lying to our loved ones to make them feel better or if we are protecting them from the hurt that will be caused by the truth. And then we graduate to believing that a simple lie to strangers is completely alright to save ourselves from needless embarrassments. Somewhere along the line, we subconsciously agree that it is also not a bad thing to lie to ourselves to avoid dealing with issues till they stare at us in the face. And the greatest lies we ever tell are those we tell ourselves.

These varying degrees of lies are what bring me to the topic of Gina, the main character of this story. She starts with a simple lie, to avoid the embarrassment of having been dumped by her boyfriend at the school parking lot on prom night. Just saving her face for one night; no harm, no foul. But of course, it doesn't stop there. She soon ends up losing her friends, her high school reputation and her heart. 'The Fill-in Boyfriend' is a story of Gina's social doom and the subsequent redemption through strong friendships, a wonderful relationship and a touch of self awareness. The rest of the story is cute high school romance and characters who pave the way to Gina's story-line. Definitely a good read.
This review written by - Ashwati 

A person who loves to not just read books, but bring forth the characters to life inside her head; then she loves them, hates them, studies them like specimens, and analyses their redeeming qualities and flaws, all the while wishing she were a part of the story and its universe.
PS: she also loves long sentences.