WoW: THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND

 IT’S HERE AGAIN

It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday! A full review of Moriah McStay’s Everything That Makes You is coming soon, but I’ve been sick for a few days, so I wanted to give you all at least something to chew on while I recover in bed with cartoon reruns and Sprite. This week my book of choice is one that I’m really, really, really excited for: Kasie West’s fifth book, The Fill-In Boyfriend, out May 5, 2015 (LESS THAN A MONTH EVERYONE!). Here’s the deliciously delectable cover for you:

SO CUTE, RIGHT?

HERE’S THE SUMMARY:

(courtesy of goodreads.com) 

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.

Doesn’t it just sound so awesome!? West’s books are funny, creative, and always have a happy ending. Her previous books in this genre, The Distance Between Us and On the Fence, are two of my favorite books- and they’re all clean as a whistle. I adore her writing- it’s concise, just descriptive enough, and she always delivers a feel-good read that leaves you excited for her next novel. Definitely mark this as a to-read, everyone, because it’s going to be sweet!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

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A DIVERSION FROM THE USUAL

I found this while snooping around WordPress today, and I think it’s worth sharing. A fun, easy exercise to keep the blog active while I battle my way through my current book, a 500 page monster!

1. A Whole New World- What is your favorite newest fantasy series? What a horrible question! The Lunar Chronicles edges out the Starbound series only because Starbound is more sci-fi than fantasy. And I devour every page of a Lunar Chronicles book, while Starbound takes a little bit more to get into

. 2. Part of Your World- What book world would you like to live in? All of them. Although my brain says Pride and Prejudice, that’s too easy, and they didn’t shower back then. I really like showers. So I would have to say the world of the Graceling series, by Kristin Cashore. I’m dying for a Grace, and I totally want to marry one of Po’s gorgeous brothers. Or anyone from that world.

3. Let it Go- What book/series do you wish everyone would stop talking about? The Hunger Games. Please, make it end. I hate it, hate it, hate it. What’s so great about kids killing other kids? So Everdeen beat the other kids- but she didn’t really do anything, they all eliminated each other while she hid in a cave, and the last guy got eaten by mutant dogs while she hung out at the top of a giant cornucopia of death. And she never does anything in the other books either, except lead two guys on when they really have more important things to deal with. I’m desperate for it to end. I simply don’t understand why it’s such a big deal.

4. When You Wish Upon a Star- What book or series do you wish you could have more of? How is this even- I can’t. All of them. I want more of….The Distance Between Us, by Kasie West. I never want the Lunar Chronicles to end. But oh, I think my top choice has to be The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. I could read that book all day, every day. Actually, no. I want more Elizabeth Scott. Heartbeat or Something, Maybe in particular. Can I have this many? Does it still count? I’ll stop. My final answer is the Graceling trilogy, by Kristin Cashore. Mostly because there’s no news of that author writing a new book.

5. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious- What is the longest book you have read? It’s probably Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, at 1463 pages. That was a monster. I liked it, once we got past all that nonsense about the bishop that has like, .2 seconds of helpfulness after all that backstory. I love the musical, though.

6. Hakuna Matata- What book could you read over and over without a care in the world? Oh, wow. This is also very difficult. I have to say…honestly, anything by Elizabeth Scott, with Sarah Ockler coming in at a close second only because her books are longer and therefore harder to find time to re-read. I’m always desperate for more from either author, and re-read religiously to pass the time.

7. A Spoonful of Sugar- What couple has the sweetest relationship? WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THIS??? I’m just going to give multiple answers. Scarlet and Wolf, from the Lunar Chronicles. Auden and Eli, Along for the Ride. Conor and Isabella, Airman. (I can feel myself getting closer to my favorite) We have a tie in Jude and Emilio, The Book of Broken Hearts and Caymen and Xander, The Distance Between Us. Then there’s perfectly gorgeous Celeste and Justin, Flat-Out Celeste. But I think, simply because it was so unique and so perfect, I have to choose Elizabeth and Fear, Some Quiet Place, because everything about them was exactly how I wanted it to be.

8. You Got a Friend in Me- Who are the best “best friends”?  Honestly, this is a tough one for me. I have to start with Anne and Diana from Anne of Green Gables simply because they survive childhood, adolescence, and adulthood as best friends. However, Leisel and Rudy in The Book Thief are also fantastic. I guess I don’t pay that much attention to the best friends- I’ll have to start doing that more in the future.

9. Zero to Hero- What character wasn’t expected to be a hero? Fear, from Some Quiet Place. I come easily to this conclusion, because Fear as a general rule is not supposed to save people. Fear is supposed to destroy, paralyze, injure- and yet, Fear is a hero, someone who defies every expectation to become what he must to save the one he loves.

10. You’ll Be in My Heart- What Character death made you cry the most?  The mainstream, foolish girl in me says Augustus Waters- but that was before the TFIOS hype. Now, it’s one of two really heartwrenching deaths for two very different reasons. 1) Theodore Finch, All the Bright Places. Even though I knew it was coming, it still broke my heart. It was so painful and beautiful and just- the whole book made you hope, and then it tore you to pieces. 2) Rudy, The Book Thief. That was a shocker, and a heartbreaker. He was too young, too sweet, too everything, and he never got his kiss from Liesel. Different types of tragedy, but definitely more impactful than poor Augustus Waters succumbing, painfully and slowly, to cancer.

So this is the Disney Song Tag that I found on a fellow Presser’s blog, romance4thebeach. She reads different books than I do, but I though this was a great idea. If you do this on your own blog, post a comment with the link so I can check it out!