Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The-Fill-In-BoyfriendPublished May 5, 2015 · HarperTeen
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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.

Rating: ★★★★½

Within the first 50 pages of this book, I had thought Kasie West had lost her mind and wrote about a brainless, shallow protagonist that’s going to drive me insane. Even after loving her previous two contemporary novels, I had my doubts at the beginning of this one. But something I’ve learnt after reading so many novels is that sometimes you need to suffer through the first 50 pages in order to fall in love with the next few hundred. Continue reading “Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West”

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the FenceOn the Fence by Kasie West Publication date: 1 July, 2014 HarperTeen, Paperback, 296 pages Source: Library Goodreads | The Book Depository | Amazon

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Rating: ★★★½

I had expected myself to fall in love with this book, especially after how Adelena raved over it, but I suppose my expectations had been set far too high.

Let me begin with the good. It’s a nice, fun and light read for times when you feel all bogged down by the intensity in say, dystopian novels, and it certainly helped me out of my reading slump. I finished it in 3 days, seeing that it’s a rather short story and I had quite a lot of free time.

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Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the FenceOn the Fence
by Kasie West
Publication date: 1 July, 2014
HarperTeen, Paperback, 296 pages
Source: Library

Goodreads | The Book Depository | Amazon

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Rating: ★★★★★

I officially declare Kasie West books some of the most important things in life. You need it. Seriously, you do. On the Fence was the much needed light, feel-good novel amid all the heavy books I’ve been reading recently. And guess what? Slow little me actually finished this book in 2 sittings, within a day—personally an insane feat even though it had been a relatively tiny book. I’m just an unbelievably slow reader. Continue reading “Review: On the Fence by Kasie West”