Friday, April 26, 2013

ARC Review: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pages: 320 Pages (Hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: April 30, 2013

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?

Fans of Lisi Harrison’s Alphas series will adore the romantic, funny YA novel The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise.



The Boyfriend App was fun and cute in most parts. But extremely unrealistic and over top in others.

In many ways it's your typical mean popular girls that pick on geeks and the hot guy kissing the shy girl YA. So lots of the plot was kinda predictable, I didn't really mind that very much. I know it's been done time and time again. But basically I expected it.
What I didn't expect is all the technical talk. While I am a geek girl, I honestly did find it rather disruptive. This is supposed to be a YA romance - not a programming manual. Plus in the whole programming bit suddenly there were totally impossible bits added.  A wavelength tech that makes you want something and even worse the falling in love button! Really?
The plot takes a turn to the even more impossible towards the end and is (again totally unrealistically) suddenly solved with a HEA.

My biggest issue though would be the relationship between Blake and Audrey. It totally made no sense, it way to aggressive and over the top. And actually had some plot wholes IMO.

I really enjoyed the relations ships between Audrey and her friends. Aiden is definitely adorable. Somehow that outshone my annoyance about impossible plots ect. And the quirky circle of geeks kinda grew on me.

Still despite those issues it was a fun ready, mostly thanks to Sise's witty and fun writing style. While Boyfriend App missed the mark a bit for me, I am looking forward to Sise's next creation.

ARC was provided by Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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