Middle school students have reading interests that run the gamut from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Twilight. Sometimes as a parent it is hard to know what is age appropriate for your child. Through this blog, I will try to help parents make informed decisions about what is available in our library. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for our parents, and that we can all work together to make our students life-long readers!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Fill-In Boyfriend
by Kasie West
From the publisher:
"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."

Well, I can't rate this one as highly as I rated the author's other books, but I still enjoyed it. I will read anything Kasie West writes because she is an amazing storyteller. It doesn't matter if I didn't love the main character, or if I felt the Mean Girls vibe through the whole book, it still had me hooked from page 1 and kept me reading and interested. And it also made me a little introspective. How much validation do need from social media? I think we could all sit back and ponder on that. So, if a book keeps me very interested and makes me think, I'd say that is a book I would recommend. I liked it, I didn't love it.

As with all Kasie West books, it was very clean (I loved the sober grad night!). However, here are some things that might be of some concern to parents:
A lot of lying goes on in this book. However, there are repercussions and consequences that the liar has to face and try to make good on.
There is a dysfunctional family masked as a perfect family, and reasons are never really fleshed out.
Mean girls.

Suggested Ages:
Booklist - Grades 8-11
School Library Journal - Grades 7+

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