Originally I thought this book was going to be tacky and cliché. I was pleasantly surprised that the drama felt real, and the relationships felt developed, and the characters felt real. The perspective was very “fly-on-the-wall”, so there was no interrupted narrative from the protagonist.
The main character, Gia, is dumped in the parking lot on prom night by her college boyfriend; the night she was supposed to be able to finally prove to her slightly doubtful gal-pals of his existence. Now she’s stranded, and desperate, and that’s when the choice to either go-it alone and face her potentially judging crowd or snag the random boy sitting in his car to play the part starts playing games with her psyche. Fill-In Bradley is born! A lie that should’ve expired after prom, becomes a month long scene, which backfires completely thanks to a very mean girl, who had recently joined the group, who couldn’t just take things at face value.
A story about learning to let go, and a story about maturing, and honesty, and the value of relationships – both familial and otherwise. The story about Gia and her friends is not uncommon. She’s a Student Council president, well-liked by all, but was also looked at by others as the leader of the mean girls. She finds herself in a predicament which opened her eyes to a life she never really had, and gave her real friends who can accept her for who she is, and not what she had always tried to be.