Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

Title: The Boyfriend App
Author: Katie Sise
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Balzer and Bray (April 30, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA
My Rating: 3 Stars!

Book Description:
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?

My Thoughts and Review:

This was a really cute coming of age story with the added twist of learning a whole lot about computer programing! Okay, maybe the computer programing wasn't such a great twist for someone like me, who, knows very little about computers and programming in general but, looking past all of that HTML coding stuff I know absolutely nothing about, I really did enjoy this read.

Maybe I could have done without so much computer talk but it was understandable given the nature of the storyline. I mean, we had to have some talk considering Audrey's whole story really begins with the creation of the app.

I will be brutally honest here, I didn't connect with this story at first, in fact I kept picking it up and putting it down because I just couldn't get into it. I don't know if it was the excessive computer theme or what but there you have it. It wasn't until about half way through the book that I finally, finally, started to get into the story and enjoy it. 

This isn't your typical coming of age story, yes there are mean girls, yes there is a “popular boy/jock” and yes Audrey is sort of the outcast but there the similarities end. Audrey was once popular, she was one of the “mean girls” (although, not really all that mean) and she fell from grace because her freshman year her dad died and that changed everything for her. It also helped spark her love of computer programing (something they did together) even more until it became her whole life.

A chance at a college scholarship starts the beginning of the boyfriend app (1.0 and 2.0) and unfortunately a whole lot of chaos for her and her friends. 

I really did end up liking this story, maybe not as much as I had hoped but it was a cute read and really picked up there at the end. 

Overall I would give this one 3 Stars!


  1. I don't know anything about HTML coding either. Or anything about computers really outside of the design programs I use on a daily basis, so I'll likely struggle with that aspect a bit as well. I'm glad you were able to connect eventually though, this sounds like a cute read overall!

  2. It was a cute read Jenny, I just wish I would have known a little more about the other content, it would have made it a better read for me for sure.

  3. Before blogging, I had no idea what HTML even was. Even now, I'm not brilliant with all those codes and things! I'm not sure if this one is for me, mostly because of the premise. I'm glad you thought it was a cute read overall though, but it's a shame you didn't like it more. Great review! :)

  4. I had no idea about all the computer codes either until I started blogging. I guess this would be a learning experience. No matter, I am not going to read it anyway, all part of that cutting back plan :)

  5. I have a copy of this and thought it would be a fun read in between all the heavier books I've been reading. I'm not sure about all the computery stuff though. I guess we'll see when I give it a try!

  6. This book looks really fun and creative, I hope I get to read it REALLY soon :)

  7. Thanks for the review! This book has bee popping up every where w/ such positive reviews. Definitely going to have to take a closer look :)

  8. I didn't really enjoy Boyfriend App as much as I thought, although I did give it the same rating as you. I did enjoy the techie stuff though. It was a nice shout out

  9. This sounds like a cute book. Thanks for the great review.

  10. I've read a few reviews that feel similarly, that this is a fun read, a bit overly techy, but enjoyable enough. I think I'd like it, despite being pretty ignorant about coding and tech. It does sound cute. Glad you enjoyed it enough to give it 3 stars! Great review :-)