Author: Kasie West.
Published: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher. Thanks HC International!
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.Pivot Point series and then I really enjoyed On the fence. With this book as prove, I can easily say she is now on my auto-buy list.
Gia is always the one to dump a guy, so when her boyfriend Bradley breaks up with her in the parking lot right before prom, she does the last thing she can think off to save her reputation: take a fill-in guy to portray as Bradley. That has to satisfy Jules, who is trying to work Gia out of their group. The nameless boy acts perfectly until his sister shows up, who clearly hates Gia. After their ‘break up’ at prom and the fact she can’t stop thinking about him, life is turning to be more complicated than Gia anticipated.
There was something fragile about Gia and I love her development in her story. She is by no means a perfect character and she does many stupid things. The person she was in the beginning was in need of the change and the way she matured felt realistic. Despite not having the same struggle as Gia, there was something about her I identified with. Her longing to be liked and her loneliness among her friends was understandable. Her need for social likes was also something I recognize myself in every now and then, so that could be confronting.
Her nameless guy is absolutely adorable. Their chemistry is the best and I loved their moments of banter. He supports her and gives her space to change. His sister Bec was also a highlight of the story. She doesn’t shy away from saying what she believes and I like that she embraces Gia in her life despite everything Gia did to her.
I think this book worked so well for me because of the balance between deeper stuff and romance. It had the right amount of fluff and story. I often feel a little overwhelmed by the emphasis on romance in contemporaries (reason I tend to stay away), but this book hit the right notes for me. This was combined with many funny scenes that made me laugh out loud, so I would say this is the perfect book for the summer.