Clean Teen Thursdays ~ The Fill-In Boyfriend

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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.

Content Observations: There isn’t any foul language or sexual content in this book. There is kissing, but the most extreme that gets is with Gia stating she had a make-out session. It’s not even described or further commented on. So, it’s fairly chaste kissing as far as the content goes. It’s perfect for teens that are fans of romance novels but looking to keep things clean. 🙂

Discussion Questions:
1. Was Bradley in the right to break things off with Gia over her obsession with her friends? What about his timing?

2. What lessons on lying might you learn from Gia?

3. Bec called Gia’s behavior in the beginning cowardly. Was she?

4. Was Bec right to interfere in her brother’s life?

5. Did Gia later do things that were courageous?

6. Did Bec do any growing herself?

7. What lessons might be learned about social media concerning the video?

8. Gia said that if expressing personal feelings made others feel bad then she’d rather keep them to herself. Is this always the right thing to do?

9. How did Gia outgrow her friends?

10. What growth was evident in Gia and her relationships (be sure to think of her relationship with her mom and brother, too)?

Happy Reading,