Parents' Guide to

The Fill-In Boyfriend

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Romantic beach read with kooky premise and solid messages.

Book Kasie West Romance 2015
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Overall good pick! 9+

It was an overall good book. My daughters (8, 12 , and 14) and I read it together. My eight year old enjoyed it, and I think it was appropriate for her. My 12 and 14 year old loved it and now we have almost every book by Kasie West.

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Teens will find Kasie West's romance fun and a pretty quick read, making it a perfect book for the beach. It is rather formulaic: Readers will know from the beginning whom Gia will end up with and that her little lie will probably be exposed. But she learns some thoughtful lessons along the way, such as not ot put too much stake in collecting social media "likes" and how alienating it can be when you express your true feelings.

This isn't the most original or well-constructed YA novel, but The Fill-In Boyfriend is a sweet story with smart messages that make it just a bit more satisfying.

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