Book Review: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

Author: Katie Sise

Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Release date: April 30, 2013

Rating: 5 stars – I LOVED THIS TO PIECES!

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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?


The Boyfriend App is fresh, riveting, funny, and positively delightful read!

I received an ARC copy of The Boyfriend App from one of Epic Read’s Tea Time twitter livestream a few weeks ago. I was absolutely ecstatic and couldn’t wait to sink into this contemporary novel.

We live in the digital era and The Boyfriend App reflects the technologically advanced world we live in. In Audrey’s world Public is parallel to Apple. BuyPhones are iphones. BuyJames is iTunes. The comparisons are brilliantly done, and I like that Sise contributed those aspects in her novel.

Our female protagonist, Audrey McCarthy is faced with a burden all high school seniors are faced with: How will I pay for college? It’s been a hard life for Audrey ever since her dad died freshmen year due to a job related accident. Her mother works at her school as a lunch lady, her salary barely making ends meet. And Audrey’s measly babysitting jobs doesn’t amount to anything in the end.

But she’s an excellent student, a Trog (incredibly computer geeky), and has great friends. When Public announces an app contest, Audrey jumps at the chance to build the perfect app and secure a 200,000 grand prize scholarship.

I honestly adored this book. From the moment I began to read it, I just couldn’t stop myself from devouring the pages. I read most of it in 3 sittings, and finished a sliver of it this morning. I just loved everything about it, from our female protagonist to her friends Lindsay, Nigit, Aiden, and Mindy; from the creation of TBA to Audrey’s possible romance with Xander and Aiden (you can clearly see who I’d pick).

This novel made me want to be a techy genius! I wished that I could understand programming like I understand words. I wanted to be Audrey, which is something that I have not felt in a long time. Audry is the epitome of high school senior girls, those who worry about university and how they will pay it off without going into debt in the process. I also liked how Audrey had changed throughout her high school career. That was very real and honest. I could identify with Audrey on so many levels and it’s what made me want to be just like her, in the ways that I wasn’t.

The other thing I liked about this novel was the relationships between the characters. I liked how Lindsay, Nigit, Mindy, and Aiden all had a part in Audrey’s journey, but also going on their very own journey’s at the same time. Lindsay found Nigit and vice versa. Mindy found her voice. And Aiden…well, Aiden got the courage to finally do something he’s been wanting to for years. *cue in the swooning*

This isn’t all sugar cubes and rainbows, though. Audrey’s reputation is at stake not once, but three times. I kept thinking that her social life and name couldn’t possibly be ruined any further, but Sise created new scenarios that would have made me have a full on panic attack right then and there. But Audrey is strong and she played a dangerous game, getting burned, hated, and threatened. But in the end she was victorious and I was just so extremely happy for her.

Plus, she gets the guy.

*zips lips* Mum’s the word.

I highly recommend this novel. The Boyfriend App is a fresh, riveting, funny, and positively delightful read! Lucky for all of you, The Boyfriend App hits shelves tomorrow, April 30th, so go out and grab yourself a copy. You won’t regret it! Promise.

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  1. Ahh! Sounds interesting. I’ve just ordered it from my library… even though it isn’t available yet. I suppose they’re planning on investing in it : )

    • Yay! I think it’ll become available in a few weeks. It’s always like that for new indie YA reads 😀 But hopefully you get it soon! You’ll love it! ❤

  2. Ooh, sounds nice! I think I’ll wait for it to hit the library, as my nearest bookstore is an hour away. I don’t feel like going all that way.

  3. Great review. I didn’t like the book as much as I would have wanted to, but I might just read it again because of this. Maybe I missed something. Haha!

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