A Quick Review of The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise – 3 stars (out of 5)

The Boyfriend App

Synopsis (from Good Reads):

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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I think the 2 words that best describe The Boyfriend App are “cute” and “silly”. Part 1.0 focuses on Audrey developing her app, which alerts a user when her “perfect match” is within 100 yards. We are also introduced to Audrey’s group of friends and her ex-best-friend who makes Audrey’s life miserable. The first half of the book is cute, especially her relationship with fellow programmer Aiden. They’re both shy and like each other, but are unsure about it. It’s cute.

Part 2.0 focuses on The Boyfriend App 2.0, which is where we get into silly territory. The app goes from matching you to someone to releasing a tone that makes your target’s brain mimic falling in love. It’s still a cute little story, but becomes pretty outlandish and unbelievable.

Where it didn’t work:

-Blake (the ex-best-friend) is cruel for basically no reason. She’s just a mean girl. She gets a little better at the end of the book, but is never really redeemed.

-There was a lot of programming talk. It rarely went into being too technical, but it was still a little much – unless you’re really interested into that kind of thing (which I’m not so much).

-Things got a little ridiculous towards the end. Not only just the crazy app, but everything that happened to Audrey with the two competing tech companies.

Where it worked:

-While Audrey had a tendency to annoy me at times (as all teenage main characters often often do), she was, overall, a likable character. I found her more identifiable than most protagonists in YA.

-I loved Aiden. He was so sweet. He wasn’t the typical YA hero, either. He wasn’t cocky or popular or arrogantly sarcastic. He was just a smart, caring guy.

Overall, The Boyfriend App was a quick and light read. I would recommend it as the perfect book to cleanse your pallet after finishing something really heavy.

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