The Boyfriend App – Katie Sise
I know we’re probably all bored stiff with me reviewing things after my six week challenge but I couldn’t just let this one pass trough the net! This book makes you think it’s just a high school romance, ‘clever geek girl’ with the super mean ‘ex best friend’ and some dishy guy that she wants to hook up with and then it hits you with this whole nefarious co-orporation sci fi story line and you’re all a bit like woah! Cool your jets! Even though you really don’t want off the ride just yet.
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?
Like I said, the boyfriend app starts off being your regular high school style ya book, fluffy and romantic and all that jazz, early on you know its a book with brains and substance because our girl Audrey is a techie, she may not be able to text like a literate human being (I really hate it when authors get teens to tlk lk dis in txt mssgs – seriously, no one does that and if they did, they don’t deserve the power to text in the first place. ) but she can code like a mother flipper and knows how to hack into stuff, that’s awesome!
I seem to have gotten a reputation at work and at home for being good with computers, really. I turn to google and the power source and hope for the best and generally just look like this:
There is a lot of techy speak and explanation about code etc but its not over done and is written in a way that is understandable, even so, Kate Sise and Audrey know their stuff.
The creation of the app itself is great although i thought it a bit convenient that Audrey has to rely on her super internet famous cousin for promo how many people have those lying around? Seriously, you’re a hacker that can’t manipulate a few twitter followers? What’s up with that?
Anyway, that aside, I liked the story line and the app creation element, I liked that although it was called the boyfriend app, it acknowledged that it wasn’t as heteronormative as the name and gave examples of it working for same sex couples. That said, it was a stalkers wet dream and that did creep me out a bit. But not quite as much as TBA 2.0 which was actually a bit rapey.
I’m all for female empowerment and giving girls the opportunity to act on their desires but the whole point of hooking up is that both parties consent, not just one.
If you can get past that though and the fact that the story line was a bit like that of the live action Josie and the pussy cats film (which i LOVE btw) then this is actually really enjoyable. I know ya is full of clicked smart girls at war with mean girls but the mean girl in question had motives that came out at the end and the smart girl was actually super smart and was trying to get a scholarship and take down the bad guys all without missing curfew or being an actual super hero which was ace. I’ve not read anything quite like this and its really refreshing to read something that incorporates two different genres.
I thought the ending was maybe a bit weak and we could have gotten more out of Blake and what happens to everyone next just to really finalise the story but the ending we did get was kinda cute and was the only real outcome that Audrey was after so maybe that’s a Leah niggle than a wide criticism.