The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Gia has the perfect boyfriend–Bradley. Unfortunately, he decides that the best time to breakup with her is in the parking lot right before Prom. Gia’s friends already thought she was lying about him, so if she shows up to Prom without a date, there’s no way they’ll believe that he was ever real. That’s when she sees him in the parking lot. She makes him a deal–pretend to be her date for the night and she’ll owe him. If he needs a fake date in the future, she’s his girl. What could go wrong?

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Kasie West is back in my good graces. After On the Fence, I was really on the fence about her (pun intended). I really liked this book. I thought the characters were interesting and mostly realistic. Gia’s not very likable at first, but I think that’s the point and she really grew on me as the book progressed and as she develops as a character. I liked Bec A LOT. I tend to like characters like her and I’m not really sure why…maybe because they act as a good contrast to the typical protagonist in these stories. Hayden seemed like a good guy and I was happy to finally see a “good guy” love interest as opposed to the “bad boy” one. The last character I want to talk about is Jules. What even is her problem? That’s really one of the main things that bothered me. I just didn’t understand her motivations for anything. Why is she on Gia so much? I think they tried to explain this in the book, but it was just really never made clear to me.

As far as the plot goes, we all know what’s going to happen, but that doesn’t make the story any less enjoyable in my opinion. In fact, I think it actually keeps the reader in suspense a little bit. We know what’s going to happen, but not when or how. I still liked seeing the different stages play out. I liked how West uses Gia and Hayden’s families to contrast each other and help with the character development. Overall it was a quick, clean read and I found the resolution really satisfying.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: None
Violence: None
Smoking/Drinking: None
Sexual Content: None

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases That I Missed

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

I couldn’t pick just 10…so here are 17 books that I really, REALLY meant to get to in 2015, but just didn’t.

1) The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall – Released 1/13
2) The Prey by Tom Isbell – Released 1/20
3) Shutter by Courtney Alameda – Released 2/3
4) The Distance Between Lost & Found by Kathryn Holmes – Released 2/17
5) A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas – Released 2/24
6) The Start of Me & You by Emery Lord – Released 3/31
7) City Love by Susane Colasanti – Released 4/21
8) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Released 4/28
9) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – Released 5/5
10) The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West – Released 5/5
11) The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – Released 5/12
12) Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – Released 6/25
13) Armada by Ernest Cline – Released 7/14
14) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Released 7/28
15) Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs – Released 9/22
16) The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow – Released 9/22
17) A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – Released 10/6

Did any of you read these books? How did you like them? Which ones should be at the top of my list for 2016?