Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Number of Pages: 343
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date: 2 July 2016
Rating on goodreads: 4 Stars
Why You Should Read This Book:
Maybe it isn’t the best idea to read three books by the same author within three days. It’s all just too close together, and you can’t help comparing, and you haven’t let go of the other characters yet, … Nonetheless, it was a very beautiful book.
I will admit, I had a hard time getting into it. This was due to the – I would like to say complexity of Gia Montgomery, but it was actually due to the superficiality of Gia Montgomery. Everything about Gia’s life is superficial: her family, which always appears to be perfect; her popularity, which is based on likes on Instagram and retweets on Twitter; her social interactions; her relationships. But then she is dumped by Bradley just because of that superficiality, but to keep up the image of her picture perfect life, she needs a new boyfriend. Enter fill-in Bradley.
This is as far as I struggled. I couldn’t understand this person.
After this fateful evening, as she gets to know fill-in Bradley better, Gia starts to question her life. This is a story about addiction to social media, about humanity, and, most importantly, it is a coming of age story. Towards the end, Gia is beginning her life as a completely different person, a person who is kind and fun and has as close a perfect life as she can have, without being inhumanely perfect, but with a lot of real happiness.
PS: When they first meet, fill-in Bradley wears a T-Shirt with a phone booth on it. Approved.
I’d felt weird since prom, like maybe for the first time I was really evaluating my life and discovering I came up lacking.
I disagreed with people in my head a lot but rarely out loud.
“My brother is extremely loyal. Sometimes to a fault. His loyalty can outweigh his reasoning.”