Apr 15, 2013

Review: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

Title: The Boyfriend App
Author: Katie Sise
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: 4.30.2013
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary
Series: No
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: B+

Summary (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?

You know that mind numbing feeling you get after finishing an intense book and you just don’t know where to go next? The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise is your new go-to book for that. Fun, fresh, and totally adorable, The Boyfriend App is a light read that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

Audrey has had her share of issues, but the entire time she still comes off as a very normal teenager. This a girl I would have been friends with in high school. She’s funny, self-deprecating, and unsure. So frequently YA books throw out these kick ass heroines that while awesome to read don’t inspire a sense of camaraderie in younger readers. Audrey is that girl you know in high school and can easily relate to.

Sise amazed me to no end with her technical know-how in this book. From the way she makes is seem like she’s writing code when is isn’t writing novels (which, she assured me she doesn’t) to the way she deftly explains complicated things, it was refreshing. And kinda made me want to turn on my computer and flex my nonexistent computer skill muscles.

I’m not gonna lie—parts of this book seemed more than a little far-fetched. My eyebrows frequently rose at some of the outright ridiculous moments in this book, but take them for what they are—funny and amusing. The romance wasn’t anything overly new and I could see the end coming from the middle of the book, but I was still engaged and interested the whole time.

The Boyfriend App isn’t a book that will revolutionize the way you view literature, but Sise has put together a book that is just flat out fun. Like the feeling you get when you’re flying through the air on a swing and let go to hit the ground and roll into the sand with your best friend. This book will make you smile and chuckle, and any book (and author) that can do that are noteworthy in my book.  Make sure you check this one out.

Reviewer: Hannah


  1. I think I'll really enjoy this one Hannah! I need these types of books in my TBR pile - the ones that are just pure fun and entertainment and don't make my heart or mind hurt. I don't mind far-fetched moments or predictability, just give me a story that makes me smile and laugh. Sounds like this one definitely does that!

  2. I really want to read this one! Great review :)

    Charlie xx


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