The Boyfriend App
By: Katie Sise
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?
This Blonde’s Review:
In a world filled with smart phones and must have apps, the best app competition is right up Audrey’s alley. She used to work on computers with her dad and is a talented hacker, the things he taught her and his rules about hacking are what she has left of him. An app is easy, as long as she can find the right one. It she wins the app competition she could afford to go to college and get away from the memories and problems being in her hometown causes.
Audrey creates an app to help you find your match, a boyfriend (or girlfriend) app. All you had to do was answer some questions and the app would match you with the best match that has also taken the compatibility quiz. At first it seems to work out greatly, especially when her popular cousin and geeky friend find out that they really do hit it off. When it takes off she hopes it’ll keep building to let her win. Until people start to get matched with the wrong people. As Audrey’s app starts to fall from the rankings she sees her chance to go to college and make something of her life pass her by. Until she discovers the secret to the phones everyone has to have. Then she uses it to make her app really stand out.
The Boyfriend App was an easy read even if some things weren’t quite so realistic. There’s the guy she wants but won’t admit she wants, the guy she thinks she wants, and the ex-friend who tortures her. And then there is this app that can make crazy things happen. And with it she might be able to take down the people responsible for her dad’s death and the way people remember her as less than what he really was. How can you take down a company and win money from their contest at the same time? You really can’t, so it’s interesting to see how they make this one work.
This is an easy read about a girl who has the power to do great things but continues to live in a shadow, until one day she steps out of it and blows everyone away with her talents. If that sounds good to you then you’ll enjoy this one. Reading this book was a nice way to pass some free time.