The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West- Book Talk/Review


Oh my goodness! It’s October already?! The month of September just flew right by then didn’t it?

So i was in a reading slump when i read this book a week ago. I’m out of it now 🙂 But this review is written from a week ago so i hope you enjoy my rambling

So i’m in a reading slump, and I don’t necessarily think this specific book helped, simply because of the genre and plot.

Right now, i am very much an angsty teen who is always mad at her parents and siblings and wishes to spend more time with her friends, and get better grades and have some sort of a love life. The genre of contemporary is not a good solution to that.

So i’m going to review this book, and try not to let my teenager feelings affect the outcome of my thoughts, although they most likely will. At the end of the review, there will be a section where i talk about why this book affected met the way it did, with spoilers though.

Synopsis: (Taken off of Goodreads because i was too frazzled to come up with an original one)

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 book was so sweet and will have you smiling. There are life lessons, but they’re connected to social media and make you think of people that you know, (or yourself). Social media plays a small role, so does family, friendships, and school popularity. Overall though, it was very much a teenage contemporary.


I just can’t give this book a 4 stars. I can’t. Finishing this book had me happy for the main character, yes, but glum for myself. I can’t give it a 3.5 stars though, because it was written great. It just wasn’t for me at the moment. If i read this book a few years ago, or in the future, it would get a 4 stars for sure. But…i’m giving it a 3.99. Does that even exist? Well, i’m making it exist.

Spoilery Thoughts Section:

In the beginning i found Gia to be self centered and i understood why Bradley dumped her.

I myself am not a big fan of lies, or lying to people, especially friends like Gia did. I tell white lies all the time, but huge ones that could potentially bite you in the behind? Never.

The moment Gia lied, i knew it would come to haunt her.

The whole cliche popular girl theme was in this book as well.

Ugh, i don’t know what’s wrong with me! This book was great! Why do i not feel happy? Probably because i’m jealous of Gia’s love life.

Oh my god. I’m jealous that a fictional character found love.

Oh my god, i’m pathetic. I’m 15 years old and complaining that i haven’t found love. Oh my god. But it’s true i suppose, i see love in most every book i read, and i’m jealous of it.

Ok, this review has turned into a therapy session.

I’m just going to leave now before i start complaining how…never mind, that’s waaaaaay TMI.

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, and if you enjoyed reading, give it a like

P.S. This review is very weird. I’m literally debating between uploading it and trashing it. What was going through my mind when i wrote this? BUT, it is kind of funny, so i’m going to upload it, (obviously since you’re reading it right now)

I think i was just in a weird mood when i read it…and reviewed it as well

-Calliope (5)

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