PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
DATE PUBLISHED: 05th May 2015
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.
A cute and funny contemporary novel with messages of morality and honesty that add to this otherwise cute YA romance. This novel takes the fake relationship trope and does it so well that I couldn’t help but fall in love with the book.
I not only enjoyed the romance, but the friendships and family relationships made this a book I could not put down. The events took a natural progression and there were scenes that brought about an abundance of emotion, from happiness to empathetic sadness over the events the characters were enduring.
Gia’s character begins the novel as a character who is slightly self-centred. As the novel develops, so does Gia. There are some amazing enlightening moments for her as well as cute fake relationship scenes that had my heart melting.
Gia’s insecurities and her fake relationship lead her to attempt to become a better person and accept that maybe doing nothing is not the right answer. Losing friends and making new ones as well as an examination of Gia’s family life also brought about changes in Gia’s character. Also, a shout out to a musical, which has a small cameo appearance in this novel. That just sealed the deal for me.
A slow-burn romance mixed with the fake relationship trope that had me head over heels. The author had me hooked on this cute contemporary novel with some deeper messages of morality and honesty.
Keep Calm and Read On,