Published by Balzer & Bray on April 30, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
For fans of smart romantic comedies, this is a clever Cinderella story with a tech twist.When Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high school student—with $200,000 in prize money—computer whiz Audrey McCarthy is all in. Audrey's been searching for her one ticket out of town ever since her dad died and her best friend, perfect and popular Blake Dawkins, turned into her worst nightmare—and this scholarship may be it.
Audrey comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done before: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples at school—and people start to take notice. But it's not quite enough.To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper—right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Launched into unexpected fame and passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, Audrey finds that her invention has thrown her life into complete chaos . . . but can it bring her true love?
What I Thought…
- The Boyfriend App is insanely cute. It was also fun and nerdy so it’s an all around win!
- Audrey used to be the popular girl but then her dad died and her best friend changed and she changed and now she’s the smart, slightly nerdy girl who wants to go away to college and start over, only her dream college costs money that she doesn’t have. I really liked Audrey and I could see myself being friends with her in high school and she’d be a great friend to have. She doesn’t worry about what other people will think (besides Aidan of course) and does what she wants. Her group of friends are mix of different types of people, with issues of their own, and I loved that.
- Aidan is cute and nerdy. As much as I like the bad boys I like cute and nerdy ones too. Audrey and Aidan are so cute as they go through the “does she like me?” “does he like me?” stages throughout the book.
- The Boyfriend App makes me want to learn more about computers and coding. It sounds so cool and fun and there are so many things you can do if you know how to code and I want to do them all. (The computer science teacher at my school also makes me want to learn how to code – she does amazing things.)
- The second half of the book does take things to an unbelievable level, however it’s easy to set the unbelievability aside due to the cuteness level. The app Audrey creates is equal parts cute and equal parts ridiculous. The app also worked exactly how I thought it would and high school drama ensues because of it.
- The Boyfriend App isn’t really about creating the app it’s about Audrey figuring things out and taking some big things on to get to the bottom of other things (sorry I can’t be more specific, but spoilers). The app was just a means for her to do those things.
- I am apple fan. I have an iPhone and an iPad (which I mostly use for school and candy crush) and I love my mac so much more than my pc. With that said, I loved how Sise poked fun at apple and apple fanatics throughout the book with her buyPhone and buyWhatever products (the product names were especially hilarious).
Overall The Boyfriend App is cute and fun and as long as you can set aside some of the unbelievability you will enjoy it!