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.
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
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.
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!!!
The Book Swoons
Mean Girls Trope
(Sarah is referring to Jules)
Relating to the Book
Which West Will You Read Next?
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?