Mar 6, 2013

{Early Review} of The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Technology
RECEIVED: Epic Reads
Release Date: April 30th

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?

In a world where technology is getting more and more advanced and always changing, The Boyfriend App really makes you imagine what the highs and lows can be about making an app that could truly change someone opinion and way of thinking. I’m a techy girl and download apps all the time and Sise creates an app that was both hilarious and scary in her book.

The Boyfriend App follows major outsider Audrey, who is always reminded of that fact by her former best friend Blake. Blake is the queen bee of the school and make sure to treat Audrey horrible almost everyday with her followers. But Audrey is about the change all the rules, buy creating an app that will not only affect everyone in her school but nationwide. It’s called The Boyfriend App and it really works.

Audrey is a techy girl, super smart, can understand anything dealing with computers and coding. After her fathers death she had a fall out with her best friend who eventually became her worst enemy. I rooted for Audrey from beginning to end; the readers will want her to succeed especially with Blake hurting her right and left. The highlights in Audrey’s life are her friends, Aidan, Mindy, Lindsay and Nigit. Each are intelligent like Audrey, as well as stick up for each other through the many insults they get from the popular people. They also support Audrey’s app and help her test it, even if the affects aren’t always positive.

Aidan is Audrey’s closest friend and right off the readers can see their connection. I felt the way Sise developed their friendship and chemistry was great, there is jealousy, small secrets, support and misunderstanding that created realness to their relationship.

The App is pretty much its own character, it creates chaos and brings light to a big secret to someone Audrey knows. I liked how the app came to be, how it affected everyone around Audrey and how it eventually changes her life. There are some parts of this story that reminded me of Mean Girls, the crazy parts where everything turns to chaos in an imaginary scene. But In this book the chaos is real, hilarious and a little too over the top.

My main issue with the story was mainly about Blake and her friends, there are random harsh scenes and violence that just didn’t make sense for the tone of the book. In the end the story goes way over the top, even though it was funny at point, sometimes I just shook my head and said “seriously?” In the end I’m super glad an app like this doesn’t exist because it would be a scary world, though interesting. It’s a fun read with lots of humor, geeky moment (which I loved), romance and some key moments on high school bullying that make you think.

This is a Young Adult books with that touches on the hype of technology and the apps. Fans of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry will enjoy this for the romance and school atmosphere.

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