THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND Buddy Read and Review

This was my first experience with reading a Kasie West book, and I’m so glad that I got to share it with some of my lovely book friends! Sarah, of course, as well as Mandy from Book Princess Reviews, and my friend Aurora, the best book pen pal a girl could ask for!

I can’t think of a more perfect book for a buddy read or for the season! The Fill-In Boyfriend is sweet and swoony, and West has put her own twists on some classic YA rom-com tropes and really made it her own.

Wine Pairing

The Fill-In Boyfriend simply must be paired with something as sweet and adorable as the story itself, so I chose this adorable Queen of Hearts Rose! This delightful wine has a “crisp, and well-balanced finish,” which is exactly how I would describe the ending of Gia  and “Bradley’s” story.

 *All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*

About The Fill-In Boyfriend

18660447.jpgWhen 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.


Our Book Discussion

Instead of typing up bits of our discussion, I thought I’d post some screenshot highlights of our conversation instead. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEADS!

Reading a First Kasie West Book!!!

Reading 1st West Mandy

First West KrystiFirst West Sarah

First West Mandy2


The Book Swoons

Woons Mandy

Swoons Krysti

Swoons Sarah

Mean Girls Trope

Mean Girls Mandy 2

Mean Girls Sarah

(Sarah is referring to Jules)

Mean Girls Krysti

Mean Girls Mandy 3

Relating to the Book

Relating to the Book

Relating to the Book Krysti

Relating to the Book Mandy

Conflict Resolution

Ending Sarah

Ending Mandy 2

Ending Krysti

Book Cover

Krysti Cover

Cover Sarah

Mandy Cover

Which West Will You Read Next?

Mandy Next West

Krysti Next West

Sarah Next West

Our Rating


Krysti Rating

Sarah Rating

Mandy Rating

So that’s our buddy read! Have you guys read The Fill-In Boyfriend before? What did you think of it? What is your favorite West?

32 thoughts on “THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND Buddy Read and Review

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thank you, lovely! I wanted to do something different with it, so I’m glad you liked it! I LOVE that wine! So cute! Lovely job to you on your post as well, of course! <3<3<3 I'm so bummed Twitter wouldn't let Aurora in the chat! She seemed to feel pretty much the same way we did though. 🙂

      • Book Princess Review (@_bookprincess_) says:

        Yes, it worked out perfectly, and I feel like it got the essence of what we were trying to talk about. But YES. Does it taste as good as it looks? XD (please tell me you’ve sampled that cuteness XD). And thankies! <3 And IK. But good to know she felt the same way. 🙂

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Oh, good! It kind of took forever to do these screen shots. LOL! I haven’t tried this one! This is one of those books I did on audio while commuting/working, so not a time when I could actually drink the wine sadly, but it is so cute! I really want to try it!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, good! I’m glad I FINALLY got around to reading some Kasie West. She is definitely going to be a go-to author for me now when I’m in the mood for fluffy contemporaries. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you think when you read it!

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    First of all: Yay for Rosé season!! I’m so excited to see them popping back up in the stores. There’s something so summery about a good rosé. Second of all, I *adore* this format for a collab post. I might steal it for a future collab I have planned… 😉 After all, imitation is the highest form of flattery. 😀 I also haven’t read a West book before. That said, I skimmed this post to avoid spoilers. I look forward to trying it; you haven’t led me astray yet, Krysti!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Hahaha! I actually had a Rose when we were out at diner last night, and it was fabulous. And thank you! I was a little nervous about the format honestly. I just wanted to do something different. So I’m glad you liked it, and please feel free to steal away! From what I’ve heard the best West to start with is P.S. I Like You. I haven’t read it yet, but I trust the judgement of the bloggers recommending that. 🙂

  2. Zoe says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed this! It was so cute and I’m glad you liked it as much as I did. And what a unique and clever style of reviewing! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      That is a very interesting observation. Her new book has the models faces, but almost all the others are shoulders down or at least faces obscured. I wonder if it’s intentionally to leave the characters at least a bit to the reader’s imagination? IDK. Interesting…

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Well, now there is a fascinating theory that could become an awesome blog post. Finding the Souls of Kasie West’s Characters Through the Images of Their Feet.

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