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The Fill-In Boyfriend

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  61,816 ratings  ·  6,864 reviews
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 h ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
So there's this popular girl. Her name is, like, Gia. She's 17 but has this totally hot junior boyfriend at UCLA whom nobody has seen (statutory rape is so, like, 2000s, which, incidentally, is practically the year in which Gia was born). She got Hot Bradley to take her to prom, only, like, at the last minute (literally IN THE PARKING LOT, Y'ALL) he dumps her.

Why? Because she's a shallow bitch and only cared that Hot Bradley was, like, totally hot, and her friends are gonna be, like, SO IMPRESSE
Emily May
Jul 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, young-adult, romance
“You only care about your friends seeing me.”
“That’s not true.” Okay, so it was kinda true. But only because of Jules. She’d infiltrated our group a year ago and ever so slowly tried to turn my best friends against me.

Get your tissues ready, this is the saddest story you've heard all year.

Meet Gia Montgomery - a beautiful, popular, wealthy 17-year-old girl with loving parents and early acceptance to UCLA. But Gia, you know, she's got it bad. I mean, her hot college boyfriend not only broke
The more I think about this book, the less I seem to like it. I'm completely bummed about that since The Fill-in Boyfriend was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015. You can't see me, but I'm pouting right now.

The first issue I had with the book came in just within the first couple of pages. I know that we're thrust into the book knowing that Fake Bradley will agree to the terms of being Gia's fake boyfriend, but the way it was executed in the actual book made no sense. It wa
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, contemporary, ya
Wowzas. This was bad. It seems Kasie West and I just have a love hate relationship (more hate than love thus far though I did really enjoy By Your Side). I didn't really like anything about this, but my biggest problem was that the synopsis reveals a "plot twist" (using that term loosely) that happens in the last 100 or so pages. What is up with that nonsense??? Overall just not for me. Should've skipped it. ...more
Jaime Arkin

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Simona B
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jewel-quote: "I'm devoid of tragedy and therefore have no wisdom or insights to offer." ...more


Not good enough?


That was totally better, right?

Still not good enough?
FINE, fine! Shut your trap hole, I'll give you more ^.^

Now, in all seriousness-not that I wasn't being serious before- this was all I hoped for and more. I remember adding this book to my TBR when it was just that drabby old GR gray cover. All it had was a tittle and Kasie's name on it. Then when the blurb came out, all I saw was fa
Chelsea ✨Arielle’s Nebular Ally and Team Acrux✨
"I could try to guess your preferences."
"My preferences in a kiss?"
I nodded, our faces still very close together.
"My preference is simple-you."

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I can't say these aren't clichéd. I can't say they haven't been done before. I can't say there are bad boys and perilistic moments. And I certainly can't say they are perfect. But what I can say? They may have clichéd moments, but they are written impeccably well. They may have been done before, but never as adorably. There may not be bad boys, bu
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Actual rating : 3.5 stars

I have a question for you : how am I supposed to rate a book whose flaws are so obvious I just know many of my friends will be bothered but which let me with such a huge smile glued on my face? If several characters irked me something fierce but which made me so happy I just ... didn't care for the most part?

JUST FUCKING TELL ME. In the meantime, welcome to my messed-up brain, guys. I apologize in advance is this review is more filled with ramblings than anything else.
Aj the Ravenous Reader
***Reread on July 29, 2021***

This is my first reread for the year and it's so satisfying. It's so much better the second time around. Rereading is really one of the best therapies, it's so reliable in getting me out of a slump.

The first time I read the book, I thought Gia didn't have a lot of spunk but I realized she didn't really need it because she wasn't intentionally mean, she isn't your good ole regular mean, bitchy queen bee and the fact that she is very self-aware makes me appreciate her
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed
Cute! As expected! Was a bit disappointed with the ending as much wasn't really resolved. Urg her friends were so annoying! Jules was on my last nerve. What a B!

*Inject book into veins now!*

Chelsey Connor
I loved every bit about this book. Well maybe not the bitch Jules. Would recommend to others.
Neil (or bleed)
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
So, the covers of Kasie West's contemporary/romance novels has a pattern. Headless couples. Lol. I know I'm not the only one.

After reading her two romantic novels, I made a decision to trust only Kasie West when it comes to the genre I don't usually read-- the romance genre (I'm serious. Hahaha). And I'm glad I put my trust in her on this genre because reading her romantic novels are really enjoyable and devastating at the same time. They aren't too angst-y or too dramatic and the romance weren'
Natalie Monroe
Jan 23, 2017 marked it as to-read
Have you noticed her book covers are pretty much the same? Two headless bodies facing each other.

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West


The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

I mean.

On the Fence by Kasie West


By Your Side by Kasie West
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.75 super cute stars!!

“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.”

First off I mostly read this book because of Chelsea's review so if you are on the fence about reading this, her review will convince ya.

On prom night Gia is dumped by her boyfriend. In the parking lot beforehand. Faced with telling her friends that he isn't there, when they already don't believe Bradley exists having never seen nor
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

this book started off as a 1.5 star book, rose to a 3 star book, and then dropped down to 2.5 stars. initially, i regretted picking this book up. the main character, gia, was painfully shallow and the writing left much to be desired. i found it extremely difficult to take anything in this book seriously, but gradually, as i got further and further into the book, things began to change. i found my alliances shifting, and surprisingly, by the end of the story, i genuinely connected to gia
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
i'm so happy i really enjoyed this. i was worried bc i didn't like on the fence but THIS WAS SO SO SO CUTE ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
He raised his eyebrows.
"You get to be my date."
"Uh..." His mouth opened but that's all that came out.

After the funny and cute way this story started, I was sure that I was going to like it. And I was right. Kasie West is a queen when it comes to writing fluffy, light and unputdownable books. I can't seem to read her stories in any other way than one sitting. It's impossible. I always find myself completely enraptured in her worlds and The Fill-In Boyfriend was no exception.
I'm pretty

3.5/5 stars

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 d
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

Well I guess I'm just floating my way through all of Kasie West's books! I didn't like this as much as PS I Like You or The Distance Between us, but I still really liked it! The beginning was a little rough, mostly because I didn't connect with Gia, but there was good reason for that since that's how she grows as a character throughout the book. I still wish some of the side characters had been more developed, but I think that was kind of the point.
Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was cute, but I think I expected more from a Kasie West book? I've read 3 of her books so far: PS I Like You, The Distance Between Us and The Fill-In Boyfriend. I can easily say The Fill-In Boyfriend is my least favorite between the 3 so far.

Like all Kasie's books, this one was light and super easy to read. It shed light on some important issues such as the obsession with technology and how teens use it to validate oneself and how they get affected by their circle of friends, needing their
the burning dreamer.
Kasie West: mother of fluffs, vanquisher of reading slumps.

Book song: Cigarette Daydreams by Cage The Elephant.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-addiction, clean, 2015
Original Review found at:

Again, another fabulously adorable book by the crazy cute author Kasie West.

This was just an overall fun, cute contemporary romance. I so enjoyed this book.

Gia is a bit of a nut but I enjoyed her character development as the story progresses she realizes what she had become and what she really wants to be. I was quite shocked when at the end it wasn’t a complete “happily ever after” which was a nice change from the norm and I appreciated that.

I rea
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015

To be honest, I was absolutely sure that I would love this story, even with the funny (though a bit unfortunate) title. And don’t get me wrong, the story is cute and quite amusing, for a younger audience it might sound much better anyways, but there were some things that made my rating drop a bit..

Gia is very immature.
Her problems with Jules made me laugh in frustration (because there was nothing left that I could do) and I wanted to shake them both for being so stupid.

Then there were more t
I've been a fan of Kasie's contemporaries ever since I read them last summer, and I had high hopes for this book. Suffice to say, I was not let down her latest offering. In The Fill-In Boyfriend, the main character, Gia, is dumped by her college boyfriend in the parking lot outside her prom. Her friends, who have never met now ex-boyfriend Bradley, didn't believe he even existed, and Gia is going to lose her reputation if she goes into the hall by herself. Luckily, there is a guy dropping off hi ...more
Danielle (Love at First Page)
I think The Fill-In Boyfriend may just be Kasie West's fluffiest book yet, but you'll get only minor complaints from me on that score. What's amazing is that, even though the story is refreshingly simple and lighthearted, the main character's growth is still something to savor. In typical Kasie West fashion, our heroine goes through a growth spurt of sorts, trying to discover just who she is and how that plays into her friendships and love life. This is a book I read in one sitting, and I'm bett ...more
Mandy K
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya
Full Review

Another thing that I'm finding I like about contemporary novels is I can easily finish them in a matter of hours, in one sitting. There's just something so satisfying about that. And this book is no exception. As cheesey as it might be, there's just something I really love about the whole "pretend to be in love and then accidentally catch feelings" trope. It's just so heartwarming and sweet, and it a bit early to say this (I haven't read too many contemporary novels) but I don't think
Taylor Knight

I've read both of Kasie West's other contemporaries and loved them both with all my heart. I had no doubt in my mind (or soul) that I wouldn't love The Fill-In Boyfriend to the ends of the earth. And I totally did.

I'm not going to go into a lot of detail because I don't want there to be any spoilers so this going to be a really vague review.

I loved the characters, I loved the plot, the writings, everything about this book.
There was so much character development, especially with Gia. And even th
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Fake. Dating.

This book is exactly what you would expect from a Kasie West contemporary, and that's completely a good thing. I had pretty good hopes for this book and everything I wanted to get out of it was what I got. This isn't a book that is going to change your life, but it will leave you pleasantly happy after reading it. Just like every other well written fluffy romance.

The strong point of this book was the family/friend/lover dynamics. Every character and relationship felt very real to me
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I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, BY YOUR SIDE, LUCKY IN LOVE, LOVE LIFE and the LIST, LISTEN TO YOUR HEART, FAME FATE and the FIRST KISS, MAYBE THIS TIME, and MOMENT OF TRUTH. My agent is t ...more

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