Title: The Boyfriend App
Author: Katie Sise
Source: Won in a Giveaway
Description from Goodreads:
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?
So, I think I’m going to stop starting my reviews of HarperTeen books by telling you what made me want to read them in the first place because, let’s face it, it’s almost always the same. Suffice it to say that if I’m reviewing a HarperTeen book, I probably heard about it during Epic Reads’ Tea Time and added it to my ever growing TBR list!
I will admit that I was a little nervous going into The Boyfriend App. I can’t even remember what it was, but something that I heard about it made me so excited and impatient to read it. So, I was super excited when I won a copy in a giveaway. But when it actually came time to sit down and read it, I was really nervous that it wouldn’t live up to my excitement level.
And to be honest, in the beginning, it didn’t. Audrey is a bit of a geek who used to be popular, and her now popular ex-best friend is a mean girl to the extreme. The Boyfriend App starts off with Blake (the mean girl) stealing Audrey’s lucky rabbit foot and throwing it in the trash (the rabbit foot has sentimental value to Audrey, which Blake knows about). After getting in a fight, Audrey is sent to the counselor’s office and learning about Public’s (which strongly resembled Apple to me) competition to create a new app. Audrey immediately knows that she has to enter, as winning the scholarship is the only way she can afford to go to college.
At this point, I felt like the story slowed down a bit as we see her actually creating the app, which isn’t very exciting. However, it turns out that there is much more to the story than the description implies. At about the halfway point, we’re introduced to a big surprise that I wasn’t expecting, and it shapes a lot of the rest of the book, which I found to be really interesting! Honestly, I was so excited to see this happen because otherwise, The Boyfriend App would have been kind of boring. There’s a bit of mystery and some really awesome moments that happen toward the end.
The characters are great, though Blake and her cronies are such mean girls that it made me sick. I really couldn’t stand her. There is one scene in particular that I was just horrified about and made me want to punch her! Audrey’s cousin Lindsay and her friend Aidan are really great to her. Nigit is an odd duck. He starts off as Audrey’s friend, and I guess technically still is throughout the rest of the story, but he gets a bit too competitive with the app competition, which bugged me.
I loved the conflict resolution at the end of The Boyfriend App, though the actual ending left me wanting a little bit more. Overall, I thought that The Boyfriend App was a really good read and would definitely recommend it to fans of contemporary.