The Boyfriend App

Title: The Boyfriend App
Author: Katie Sise
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Pages: 312
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Library
Rating: 4/5

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?

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If you judge this book by its cover (or title), you might be hesitant to pick it up like I was, but if you give it a chance, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by it.

The Boyfriend App is delightful, joyful, and a wee bit heartbreaking. Audrey is a protagonist you’ll want to root for, even when she does some less-than-smart things. I think many people will find something about Audrey they can relate to, as she is a very likeable and believable character. She’s a little bit broken and a teeny bit lost, but eventually she gets past it and ends up being very empowered.

I felt the part of Audrey’s story I related to most was her relationship with Blake. Though I’ve never been in that exact situation before, I’ve dealt with changing and losing friendships, which made Audrey’s story more powerful to me. There were many, many times when I wanted to slap Blake, such as all the times she made insensitive comments about Audrey’s father’s death, and during their final confrontation at Blake’s house after Blake discovers her father lied about Audrey tattling about Blake’s active sex life. That part pissed me off so much I can’t even…oo…just…GRRR. Blake didn’t even bother asking for Audrey’s side of the story for dropping her, and when she realizes her mistake, she just goes “Too much has changed.” Well, DUH, Blake, things changed because you became a raging biatch! Ugh. People are so dumb sometimes.

Something else I really liked about this story was that in its own way, it was actually pretty feminist. Both Audrey and her cousin Lindsay are very business savvy and become successful by sharing their passions with others. They are both ambitious and dedicated, which made me like them even more. I particularly liked that Audrey is interested in computer programming, which is a traditionally male-dominated field. By creating the Boyfriend App, she puts her own spin on programming and makes it her own.

The Boyfriend App is a debut worth reading. It’s a cute, fun, escapist read that will definitely have you laughing out loud and make you sad when it’s over.

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