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November 4, 2013

Review of The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

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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?

add to goodreadsThe Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
Publication Date:  April 30, 2013
Publisher:  Balzer & Bray

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Gabby NewThe premise for The Boyfriend App by author Katie Sise was interesting and definitely sounded like an interesting read that I needed to get my hands on. From start to finish I found myself cracking smiles at hilarious scenes, my heart melting when romance got involved and satisfied with the novel by the time I reached the end. The Boyfriend App is unlike anything I have ever read before, a great read.

After her father’s death and the transformation of her ex-best friend Blake, teenager Audrey McCarthy has gone through enough in life and just wants high school to be over and behind her. Smarter than your average high schooler and just a tad geeky, an opportunity arises for Audrey in the form of a contest. The contest? A high schooler has to create the best app and win the two hundred thousand dollar prize.

Suddenly Audrey is caught up in inventing an app that will change everything, the possibilities of what two hundred thousand dollars can do for her is overwhelming and so, Audrey produces the Boyfriend App. The Boyfriend App—an app that can take the information from a girl or boy’s survey and create a match made in heaven. The app’s success goes through the roof, leaving Audrey the talk of her school and stealing kisses from her school’s hottest boys. As the Boyfriend App grows in popularity Audrey also begins to wonder if it will do for her what it has done for so many others: find her true love.

Right from the opening scene I knew that The Boyfriend App wouldn’t be like every other teen fic novel that I’ve read in the past. Audrey isn’t the overused beautiful high school girl who, after a makeover or something, is suddenly stunning and stealing hearts left and right and overcoming conflicts like they aren’t even there. Audrey is a realistic teenage girl who feels real for the most part. She isn’t conceited, she has a crush that she isn’t positive she’ll get and her character really comes to life. Audrey deals with the things that most teen girl shave to go through and on top of that she’s super smart and creates an app that completely changes her life. (Living the life. Sorta.).

Readers are going to be pulled in by Sise’s writing style. There are so many scenes that can be hilarious and leave me smiling like an idiot at the characters dialogue and actions and then at the same time there are moments where things would get a very serious tone and I would feel whatever Audrey was feeling. Apart from that the way that app designing was described was pretty cool considering that as a reader I knew absolutely nothing about it, pretty insightful and easy to understand (i.e. I wasn’t left thinking “What did I just read?”). There’s one thing that really sticks out for me personally on how The Boyfriend App was written and it involves a lot of internet/social media use and website URLs and the like, but what I found really interesting is that when a URL was used it had the full code. All the slashes and letters and stuff, which just added to the realism.

There were a few things in The Boyfriend App that confused me but it was more because I actually gave some things some thought. I was confused about how TBA 2.0 worked. I mean really confused and readers who read it and readers who have already finished and read The Boyfriend App might understand my confusion. To keep this spoiler free I’ll just say that there were some things that I wish could have been explained on a more scientific aspect, just because without a real explanation TBA 2.0 took away from the general realism in the novel.

I would recommend The Boyfriend App to readers who are big fans of teen fiction, readers who want a unique story that will keep them thinking about it long after they finish. Anybody who wants a teenage female protagonist who isn’t the typical beauty queen who has every laid out for her are going to love Audrey. The Boyfriend App is worth a read.

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Katharine “Katie” Sise is a New York City based author, jewelry designer and television host. Years ago, at age twenty-four— after dropping a rare and very expensive bottle of champagne on her way to deliver it to Robert De Niro’s table—she realized she needed a way to fund her acting and writing career that didn’t involve balancing a tray full of cocktails. That fall, she taught herself to make jewelry and launched Katharine Sise Jewelry. Within a few months, Lucky Magazine called her a “Designer to Watch” and her company appeared in every major fashion magazine—including Vogue, W, Elle, Self, Lucky, InStyle, Bazaar, Allure, Us Weekly, People, In Touch, Page Six Magazine, Real Simple, FN, Life and Style, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Women’s Wear Daily, Marie Claire and Glamour. Before she knew it, her celebrity clientele included Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Kelly Ripa, Ellen Pompeo, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Beyonce Knowles, Anne Hathaway and Drew Barrymore.

Katharine has been profiled on dozens of online fashion and lifestyle outlets including Forbes.com, Elle.com, InStyle.com, People.com, Sweet, The Huffington Post and The New York Post. Her jewelry has appeared on television shows such as The View, Live with Regis and Kelly, E! News, Good Day New York, Full Frontal Fashion, Movie and a Makeover, The O.C., Brothers and Sisters and Gossip Girl. While Katharine was chatting with the ladies from The View, one of her necklaces broke on air and fell from her neck to her lap because she didn’t spend enough time getting the clasp right. That moment is preserved, forever, on a DVD at her parents’ house.

Katharine has designed jewelry for national campaigns like Vera Wang, Gap and Keds. In 2009, Target launched Katharine Sise for Target.

Katharine has worked as a fashion and lifestyle consultant, appearing on-air for networks like HSN, Oxygen, Discovery Channel, CNBC and ABC’s Good Morning America. For eighteen months, Katharine co-hosted a live monthly television show for The Home Shopping Network. She also appeared as The Daily Special’s resident style expert.

Katharine’s first book, Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career (Perseus/Running Press) hit shelves in September of 2010. Creative Girl is written for every woman who wants to make her living in the creative world, whether in an office job or at the helm of her own business. The book is an encouraging and practical take on how to make a living doing what you love.

Katharine’s first novel, The Boyfriend App, was published by HarperCollins Balzer + Bray on April 30, 2013. The Boyfriend App tells the story of a girl who, in order to win a scholarship offered by a secretly-evil global computing corporation, invents an app that makes any boy fall madly in love with her, with chaotic results. The Boyfriend App has received rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal, and VOYA.

Katharine has a BA in Film, Television and Theater from The University of Notre Dame. She lives in New York City with her family.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

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3 Comments

  1. kimbacaffeinate
    11/4/2013

    This sounds like a light, fun read that will make you giggle. Wonderful review!
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  2. Sophia Rose
    11/4/2013

    It sounds adorable and fresh. Thanks for sharing!

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