Rating: 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 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.
“We rarely find a depth by looking inside of ourselves for it. Depth is found in what we can learn from the people and things around us. Everyone, everything, has a story, Gia. When you learn those stories, you learn experiences that fill you up, that expand your understanding. You add layers to your soul.”
Enter The Fill-In Boyfriend.
(Is that a spoiler? I think you all guessed it already, anyway.)
This book has a relatively suggestive title (as in it suggests relationships and infidelity and the cover isn’t exactly discreet), and so I am entering this novel for the number 44 spot on the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge: A book you’re embarrassed to read in public. Now, I’m not sure this is an exact fit, because I’m never embarrassed about what I’m reading, and I did actually read this in public. I just think it is the kind of book teen girls like myself would stereotypically read, and the public would read into that the wrong way. I love chic-lit, and I love light reads, but that’s not all I read. Does that make sense? This was just a tough category to fill, really.
“Well, if you’re a mess then I’m a natural disaster.”
“The cutest natural disaster I’ve ever seen.”
“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.”
“How is selfworth measured today? By the amount of likes a post gets, by how many friends we collect, by how many retweets we accumulate? Do we even know what we really think until we post our thoughts online and let others tell us if they are worthy?” “I like it when you’re not perfect.”
If you enjoyed _____, you’ll love The Fill-In Boyfriend!