Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: May, 2015
Hardcover: 352 pages
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
How I got this book: Galley from HarperTeen
Why I chose this book: It sounded like the perfect mixture of fun and romantic.
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable…convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
The problem is that days after prom, she can't stop thinking about her fill-in boyfriend. But can Gia turn her fake boyfriend into a real one without exposing her lie and possibly destroying her friendships and her newfound relationship?
I'm going to separate this review in to things I liked about the book and things I didn't like about the book. Overall, however, I'm pretty torn. It had its good and bad qualities. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.
What I did like about the book: the plot. I thought it was a perfect mix of messy that I knew had to be sorted out by the end. And I liked that I wasn't quite sure how everything would play out. We have Gia, who wants to keep up this front with her friends--yet we know the truth will come out eventually. And we have Fake Bradley, who is trying to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. There was even the sub-plot of Gia becoming friends with Fake Bradley's sister, which I really enjoyed.
Now what I didn't like: Gia. I just found her so annoying. She is constantly talking about how her friends are turning against her, and how she has something to prove. But why? Her friends have no good qualities that make them worth saving. In fact, in the beginning of the book, Gia is quite the same: shallow, mean, and petty. She gains some substance as the book goes on, but her friends do not. Then, she's the one apologizing and trying to save her friendship. She goes on and on about how she has changed, but can't even see how her own friends are bullies. It's aggravating to read. The only two characters who had depth were Fake Bradley and his sister.
Now, I should point out that this is a very light, fluffy read. It doesn't promote itself as a story full of depth and meaning--because it isn't. It's the quick read that you go through in a summer afternoon to get some amusement and giggles. Nothing more. If you're simply looking for a quick, light read, this is it. If not, look elsewhere.