Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Audio Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend

Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Audio
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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.

Every time I finish a book by Kasie West, I begin gushing over how much I love her and her books. It's amazing to me that in such a short time she has become one of my favorite authors and I will buy pretty much any book that has her name on the cover. This is, however, the first book by Kasie West that I listened to on audio and I have to say I loved it. The narrator does an excellent job and it's clear that Kasie West wrote yet another great book. 

The book startts off with Gia getting dumped by her boyfriend Bradley. It's clear by the way that she takes the break-up that she is much more concerned with what her friends will think about Bradley breaking up with her than him actually breaking up with her. The break-up scene sheds light on Gia's shallowness and insecurity. She's one of the popular girls in school, yet deep down she's really alone. Over the course of the book, Gia undergoes some tremendous changes and begins to figure out who she really is. Her transformation as a character was something that I truly enjoyed about the book. She finally is able to see that all of her relationships are surface-level and that it's partly her fault. That is until she meets Hayden aka fill-in Bradley. 

Hayden comes into Gia's life and no matter how hard she tries she just can't shake him. It's clear that Gia is forming real feelings for him, even though she tries to deny it. Hayden was exactly what Gia needed. He is one of the reasons that she is finally able to make changes in her life. I loved Hayden and Gia's relationship. They had their problems and Hayden isn't perfect and does make a mistake or two but overall I enjoyed watching their relationship. 

I'll be honest and say that I didn't love Gia's friends. They just didn't seem like good people or good friends. Julia was the worst. I hated her and how she tried to turn all of Gia's other friends against her. At the beginning Gia was very much like them but as the novel progresses you can see her slowly changing and her friends pick up on that too. 

Another thing that I loved was that The Fill-In Boyfriend didn't just focus on friends and boyfriends, it also focused on family. Gia's thinks that she has the perfect family but in the end she sees that her relationships with them need work as well. It was nice to see that portrayed as well. 

I would have liked a little more resolution at the end. I still had some questions about what was going to happen to several characters but there was any huge questions left unanswered. I definitely reccomend The Fill-In Boyfriend. It's smart, funny, and so very good!


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