Saturday, June 27, 2015

5 Stars Quick Bite Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend
By: Kasie West
Published by: Harper Teen
Released: May 5, 2015

Genres: YA, High School, Social Issues, Relationships, Contemporary Romance, Humor

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.
I have fallen completely in love with Kasie West and her novels. No matter what the genre, the storyline, the plot, West captivates and engages her readers. In a nutshell, when I pick up one of her books, I sit down, get comfy and hear Jean-Luc Picard's luscious voice say, "Engage" in my head. Everytime. Yes, I am a sci-fy geek but I digress. 

This book lived up to her high writing standards. Complex characters written in a digestible format. Don't get me wrong, it's not fluff but conversational. My favorite kind of style. 

You will love this tale. I wanted to beat the MC over the head with their own book early on, but do not fret, for West develops and matures her characters like the finest wines. Gia irritated me like a tub of sand where the sun doesn't shine but she grew on me and blossomed. There are some real life lessons to be learned from the situations she gets herself into. Everybody will get dumped. Everyone will feel insecure. And everyone will learn one way or the other who their real friends are and what is most important in their relationships. 

Real. Organic. Witty. Interesting. Surprisingly deep.