Published by HarperCollins on May 5th 2015
Genres: Dating & Sex, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable…convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.The problem is that days after prom, she can't stop thinking about her fill-in boyfriend. But can Gia turn her fake boyfriend into a real one without exposing her lie and possibly destroying her friendships and her newfound relationship?Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Kasie West's talent shines in this tale of one girl's unexpected quest to find love…and possibly herself.
Gia Montgomery thinks that she has everything figured out: her friends will meet Bradley and Jules will have one less thing to question. Her plans change when Bradley dumps her before prom—in the parking lot, to be exact. On a whim, she convinces the cute guy dropping off his sister to escort her inside and pretend to be Bradley. Miraculously, they pull it off and part ways at the end of the night after a nasty, fake ‘break-up.’ The problem is the next morning she can’t get her social savior off her mind, but she doesn’t even know his name. Luckily, his sister, Bec, convinces Gia to help her brother out and pretend to be his girlfriend at his ex’s graduation party. The lies quickly start to pile up, but she learns that hiding behind them just might teach her who she really is.
Basically anything that Kasie West writes will end up on my shelf eventually because the stories are always gloriously addictive. This book was no different, and like many of her other books, I read it in less than a day. The main character had many relatable qualities and fell for an unlikely fellow. Not only did I enjoy the love story, but the growing experience that Gia went through as well.
I am not going to tell you what Fill-in Bradley’s (FIB) real name is because it’s much more enjoyable to go through the discovery with Gia. While I read, I forced myself not to let my eyes flit across the page, lest I accidently see what FIB’s real name was. But I promise, once you find out, you will not be disappointed!
FIB had so many likable qualities, one of those being that he was the complete opposite of the guys that Gia had dated in the past. The second he met her, he calls out all of the awful and unredeemable qualities that Bradley possessed. Instead of being self-serving and worried about outward appearances, FIB put others first—even when it caused more damage than good. He also spoke to my inner fangirl by wearing Doctor Who and Firefly shirts. Gia couldn’t resist falling for this glasses wearing, overly dramatic guy, and I found it impossible not to fall for him as well.
Gia learned a lot about herself throughout this book. Through her thirteen years of public school, she established a tough shell for people to see. Not only did she fool those around her, but she also convinced herself. Her lies turned into a soul-searching experience, making her accept that there were certain people in her life that just weren’t meant to be there. I enjoyed following her on this journey of self-discovery as she evaluated her life and made and lost friends. The story digs deeper than a simple love story, though it may have appeared to be like that at the beginning.
Once again, West has given us a wonderful story about finding love and friendship in the most unusual places.