Synopsis: 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 Story: The story is supposed to be a love story but it also has to do with self discovery, the nature of keeping secrets and change. Throughout the book Gia learns how other people see her and that she may not be as perfect as she assumes. She tries to replace her old self with a better version of herself thus losing friends in the process. It shows that growing up and changing is a part of life, and sometimes that means growing apart from people that you were once close too.
The Characters: Gia is selfish, self centered and care only about her social status. She doesn’t recognize people that aren’t in her social circle and spent most of her time trying to stay queen bee among her friends, even though she tries to deny that fact. Although she goes through some personal developments during the story I still couldn’t connect with her and felt that she only wanted to become a different person because she was embarrassed by how others mainly, her crush, thought of her.
Now let’s talk about Gia’s love interest, Hayden or Fake Bradley, which is referred to throughout the majority of the book. He is a drama major that wears his heart on his sleeve. When it comes to relationships he keeps his guard up since he has been hurt before. I found him to be like-able and charming but not a someone I’d find myself fangirling over.
The Writing: This is was my first Kasie West read and though I wasn’t too in love with storyline the writing was wonderful. She has a way of making you want to keep reading and the story never seems to lag. Everything just seems to flow together nicely.
Overall: I am not in love with this story because the ending was very open ended. There was something left unresolved especially involving Gia and her friends but I understand why somethings didn’t get closure, because in life not everything is resolved. I think it is a good read but don’t expect to fall in love with the characters yet you might find that life isn’t always about the status quo or how other people might perceive you.
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars