Title : The Fill-in Boyfriend
Author : Kasie West
Rating : 3/5 stars
Genre : Contemporary YA romance
The story follows Gia Montgomery, who’s in high-school and has an extremely perfect life. Perfect parents, good grades, all the ‘popularity’, perfect friends and a boyfriend too. Until – her boyfriend dumps her in the middle of a parking lot on the night of her prom. Unable to face her friends without her boyfriend, she quickly persuades this other random stranger to pose as her ‘fill-in’ boyfriend for just a few hours, so that she is saved all the humiliation. Little does she know that this one lie will slowly unravel into a life-changing event.
I was reading a few reviews of this book on GoodReads, a few negative reviews, and I came upon the realization that the main reason why people didn’t like this book is because it’s shallow or pretentious or stupid. I read quite a few sarcastic reviews about how this book was the ‘saddest book ever’ and how ‘the girl in the book had so many real problems’ and how ‘this book made them cry’. Now, I agree that the book isn’t very deep, will hardly stir your emotions and is definitely not a ‘serious, deep’ novel. What my problem is that how the reviewers who wrote such sarcastic reviews expected this book to be a series, emotional read.
Which brings me to the point that this book is a fun, light read. To expect anymore emotions from this book is foolishness, and if you go into this book thinking that it’s going to be a tearjerker, or an insightful, serious read, it’s you who’s at the fault, not the book. This a light read. It has its flaws. But nevertheless, I liked it. I wasn’t a huge fan, and I did not enjoy it as much as The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, but like I said, it’s a fun, cute read.