Published by Harper Teen on 05 May 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Distance Between Us, Pivot Point, Split Second, On the Fence, P.S. I Like You
Place(s) Traveled To: Fremont, California // Los Angeles, California
First Line(s): In some part of my brain, probably the logical part that seemed to be missing at the moment, I knew I should let go and walk away, to maintain some of my dignity.
Over the last year or so I’ve become a big fan of Kasie West and so when a new book of hers lands in my mailbox you can be sure that it won’t be long before I drop everything in order to read it. This was the case with her newest book, The Fill-In Boyfriend, which is another contemporary with a very cute premise. Fill-In Boyfriend is told from the point of view of Gia whose boyfriend decides to break up with her in the parking lot of her prom. Which is such a douchebagery thing to do and crushes Gia, not because she loves him, but because now her friends won’t think that he is real. I had a real problem with Gia’s circle of friends in this book as they were all catty and mean and not true friends at all. With everything her so-called friends said and did I often questioned why Gia wanted to be around these people are they were not nice. And while Gia could often be a bit superficial and annoying she was mostly nice.
Gia’s family were also characters that most often annoyed me, especially her brother who was a pretentious asshole much of the time. The characters I did really like in this were the boy she manages to convince to pretend to be her boyfriend and his sister. Both were real and genuine and were characters that I wouldn’t mind knowing in real life. As always I loved Kasie West’s writing style and the pacing of the book and it took me no time at all to whiz through these pages. But all the unlikable characters contained inside prevented me from loving this one as much as other books by West.
The moments I liked best were the ones where Gia allowed herself to be human and not the perfect girl that she often pretended to be. I liked how Gia was when she was around Fill-In Boyfriend as she was likable and friendly and someone that I would want to get to know. There were moments between Gia and her Fill-in Boyfriend that were total heart achy moments. I hated when Gia would revert to her old self and start to sabotage things all because of her faux friends.
Overall, I did enjoy Fill-In Boyfriend but I didn’t love it. The things mentioned above just kept me from fully connecting with these characters. I also thought that there was a lot of things left unresolved at the end. Things just felt unfinished and so I was left a little unsatisfied as a reader. But I am still a big fan of Kasie West and I will still recommend her books every chance I get. And I know that the next book of hers that lands in my mailbox that I’ll be dropping everything in order to read it. This is how much I like her stories…even if I don’t always love them.