The Boyfriend App
Author: Katie Sise
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Contemporary
In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.
But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?
I was so excited to start reading this. Fortunately, I spent my time and energy on the right book. 🙂
The Boyfriend App is narrated by Audrey and I tell you what – she is not annoying! I think Audrey is a likable MC. She’s smart, funny and awesome in her own way. Life’s not always easy and Audrey tries to solve her problems and faces them quite well, I thought. I enjoyed the writing – it’s expressive and fun without being too overly-described, if you know what I mean. While I admit that I didn’t have any particular feelings towards the other characters at first, they definitely grew on me throughout the story. But in the end, I thought I was a bit disappointed with the way Audrey’s friends just accept every news/rumors they hear.
As for the plot. When everything is great and everyone is happy and Audrey gets her happiness. Well, you just know that it won’t last long. I could sense something bad was gonna happen. But when I tried to predict, it’s none of my guesses. The plot is surprising that way. Besides, the concept is quite uncommon in YA contemporary world. You may think that this book is too scientific, but really, it’s not. Katie Sise has mixed science and contemporary in a good way. Technology plays a big role in The Boyfriend App and we all know what will happen if it’s not used wisely.
The romance is slowly built. It’s vaguely hinted in the beginning and not developed until halfway of the book. I generally liked Aidan and the interaction between him and Audrey. I think the romance is a nice add to the book – even though without, I’m sure I will still like the book anyway because Audrey is basically the main thing that makes this book so interesting for me.
The reason that I have to detract one star from this book is the ending. It felt too rushed and I thought some characters could have been explored more before the book ends. Moreover, some things are left hanging and unanswered. But if it’s seen from the romance angle, I guess Katie Sise has concluded Audrey’s love life pretty well. Hmm, now I’m wondering is this book gonna be a standalone or series…
Overall, The Boyfriend App is an entertaining contemporary mixed with awesome MC and fun concept! You don’t want to miss this one!
Huge thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for sending me this galley!!