The Boyfriend AppHardback
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Format: Hardback | 312 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 33mm | 408g
- Publication date: 1 May 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0062195263
- ISBN 13: 9780062195265
- Sales rank: 440,080
For fans of smart romantic comedies, this is a clever Cinderella story with a tech twist.When Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high school student--with $200,000 in prize money--computer whiz Audrey McCarthy is all in. Audrey's been searching for her one ticket out of town ever since her dad died and her best friend, perfect and popular Blake Dawkins, turned into her worst nightmare--and this scholarship may be it.Audrey comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done before: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples at school--and people start to take notice. But it's not quite enough.To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper--right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Launched into unexpected fame and passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, Audrey finds that her invention has thrown her life into complete chaos . . . but can it bring her true love?
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By Dianne @ Oops! I Read A Book Again 12 Jun 2013
Thank you to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss for the eARC and to Chyna and Katie for letting me join the blog tour. Of course, this in no way affected my views of the novel.
If you've noticed, a certain trend has become apparent in my reading tastes. I'm loving anything with a geek as the main character. I have loved geeks in movies and TV shows but I recently discovered that there are tons of geeks in YA too and that I really really enjoy reading them too. It must be because I'm a geek too. And a nerd. And a dork. And these characters appeal to me a lot because I can see their passion in me. I'm nothing if not passionate, about books, TV shows, movies, music, Korean dramas and music and all of my other obsessions. I have a degree in science too and I just can relate. In The Boyfriend App, the geek in focus is a programmer.
Now, I dabbled a bit in programming back in high school and I sucked at it so I have mad respect for all programmers out there. Now, you don't need to have an idea about programming to enjoy The Boyfriend App because it's a wonderful contemporary romance YA with a heroine you'll surely love and root for.
Audrey is pretty much on the lowest rung of the high school social ladder at Harrison High. It doesn't help that her ex-bestfriend Blake and the Martin twins terrorize and bully her. Still, she has her own friends, Nigit, Adrian and Mindy. Her mom works in her school's cafeteria, her dad died freshman year and she can't afford to go to a great university for college. Yeah, it sucks, but programming takes her mind away from all the **** in her life. Here comes Public, with a contest for the most innovative and most popular mobile application made by a high school student. With two hundred thousand dollars on the line, she develops The Boyfriend App, an app which finds your match in its database and tells you when your match is near so you can act on it. Conflicts and twists ensue, giving us one fantastic ride of a novel.
First, congratulations to Katie Sise for The Boyfriend App. Wow is all I can say. It took me so long to write this review because I can't find the words that will make you just grab this novel right off the shelf. If ever my review won't be enough, just take my word for it and go read The Boyfriend App. You will thank me for it.
Katie has written such lovable and relatable characters that I loved them right from the get-go. Of course I hated Blake and her minions but I was delightfully hating them the whole novel. They were evil and bitchy, which you know will land them straight to Payback Land and me to Maniacally-Laughing-You-Deserve-That Land. Audrey's backstory was really pitiful and you just root for her. I might not be a fan of some of her decisions somewhere in the novel but I understood where she was coming from and so, I still supported her. Adrian, oh, Adrian. Adrian is this handsome yet ultrashy geek who's friends with Audrey. Can I order an Adrian of my own? Is he on ebay? Because if he is... Adrian transported me to Swoonsville every single time. He was sweet and sensitive to Audrey's feelings and needs and smart. And of course, sexy. Gah, I can spazz all day. I especially love Audrey and her cousin Lindsay's relationship as they were pretty much sisters. Although not as fleshed out, Xander was a nice addition to the whole round of characters too.
As for the plot, again, wow. I thought TBA was going to be a geeky contemporary read but it exceeded all of my expectations and notions. The Boyfriend App had blackmail, company secrets, a little bit of detective work, dealing with death and tons of plot points and issues tackled. Katie was able to mesh all of these subplots with the overarching ones, without losing steam and that in itself is a feat. Usually, novels hit a slow plot point or a draggy conflict but in here, Katie was able to constantly up the ante by having small conflict victories yet purposefully leading to a high-risk and high-return ending. There was always a question on what happened and what will happen, keeping the story interesting and gripping.
The Boyfriend App is funny too and I caught myself laughing so many times. Meta jokes abound you and that's one of my favorite type of jokes. Where the characters voice out what they think f themselves and the situation they're in, as if they're the audience. I especially like the pop culture references and everything that happened with pop star Danny Beaton.
Maybe that's it, I just plain loved this novel. Hilarious, sweet and smart, The Boyfriend App is like that geek we all love. The Boyfriend App will surely join the ranks of your favorite geeky contemporary YA romances. Congratulations Katie on your debut novel!
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 23 Mar 2013
The Boyfriend App was mostly what I expected it to be--cute and quick. I wasn't expecting the almost sci-fi element to it though, nor the twist with Public, a manufacturer of phones and ipod type things as well as social networking for teens leader in this book.
I really enjoyed Audrey and she is the reason I suspended belief a bit with some of the capabilities of technology. She is nerdy and smart, she is the middle of the road almost invisible girl in school, and although I wasn't quite the computer genius like she is, I related with her a lot. She is really into coding and some of that went over my head, but it never made me disconnect from the story. It was very believable in that she learned the script and such from her dad, and that is her hobby.
I also really enjoyed her group of "trog" friends in this book--Nigit, Mindy and especially Aiden. I liked their connection but I was right there wondering when and if there was something romantic there. Audrey's friendship with her cousin Lindsay also added a lot to this story. They seem like unlikely allies and close friends because Lindsay is hardcore into fashion, but still they are there for each other, and support each other no matter what.
The first usage of the app was more what I was expecting. Especially its first happy couple. But the second version is what had me questioning the story. I mean, it is an interesting twist, but I just wasn't expecting the story to go in the direction it did. And I think, no I know that Audrey really didn't think about what she was setting in motion.
Okay, so the rivalry between Blake her ex bff and Audrey... Blake seemed to be the definition of a mean girl, but I could always tell she was just a hurt and jealous girl. But that can make some people act out and try to bully.
Bottom Line: Quick read! Some of the story just didn't click with me, but I liked the main character and the spark between her and Aiden.
"[A] fast-paced, clever romance with a smart, likable narrator."--School Library Journal
Back cover copy
From stunning new talent Katie Sise comes an irresistible Cinderella story with a tech twist.Computer whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. Once popular and fearless, she hasn't been the same since her dad died. And her ex-best friend, gorgeous queen bee Blake Dawkins, has turned into her worst nightmare. Audrey is counting the minutes until high school is over and she can get the hell out of Dodge and go to college--that is, if she can find a scholarship.So when Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler--with $200,000 in prize money--Audrey is spurred into action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done: the Boyfriend App.With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples at school, and people start to take notice. But it's not quite enough.To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper. And she does--right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Suddenly the Boyfriend App lands Audrey where she never expected to be: in the middle of the limelight, passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, causing complete and utter mayhem. But can it bring her true love?