18635051The Boyfriend App (App #1) by Katie Sise
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Source: Library
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From stunning new talent Katie Sise comes an irresistible Cinderella story with a tech twist.

Computer whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. Once popular and fearless, she hasn’t been the same since her dad died. And her ex–best friend, gorgeous queen bee Blake Dawkins, has turned into her worst nightmare. Audrey is counting the minutes until high school is over and she can get the hell out of Dodge and go to college—that is, if she can find a scholarship.

So when Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler—with $200,000 in prize money—Audrey is spurred into action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can’t believe it hasn’t been done: 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. And she does—right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Suddenly the Boyfriend App lands Audrey where she never expected to be: in the middle of the limelight, passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, causing complete and utter mayhem. But can it bring her true love? – Goodreads

Review:

Audrey enjoys staying below the high school radar, she loves her computers. Ever since her BFF and her had a falling out, she decides that it’s best to stay behind the scenes. With her computers she’s tied to her father, the one who taught her how to code, how to take apart a computer, and of course, the reminder not to use code (the power) for evil. Katie is also a genius. A genius that should go to a good school: MIT, Harvard, etc. Of course, because she has no money and doesn’t want to be in debt for the rest of her life, she knows she’ll end up going to a state school.

Then everything changes, Public Corporation announces that if you come up with, create and code the best app, you can win $200,000. Audrey needs this. She needs the money to survive and help her mom survive. Audrey is very, very family conscience from the moment her father died. If anything she regrets she was not more family conscience when her father was alive.

Of course, what Audrey didn’t expect was the downfalls. She didn’t expect her crush, Aiden to get matched with someone else, she didn’t expect bad matches to be made and people to get upset with her. Of course what Audrey doesn’t know is that Aiden also likes Audrey but they both refuse to act on.

Then Part II of the novel occurs. I really thought these were two different books. I also thought that Audrey were two very different people from Part I to Part II. I actually missed Audrey from the first half. She was a character I could get behind and support. Audrey in the second part was..different. Audrey’s father from the very beginning made it clear to not use technology for evil, or bad will, and what does Audrey do in Part II: create evil.

I just felt that this was very much two books put together, and not really in a good way. My heart went out to Audrey, but I also felt that she did some very messed up things in the second part with no real repercussions or consequences. I wanted Audrey to be punished, because she should have been punished!

What was enjoyable about The Boyfriend App was the fact that it was a quick read and had awesome strong female friendships, which was awesome. The writing was fast paced, and even if you have no interest in apps or coding, it was still delightful and makes me interested in knowing what else Sise will write. Particularly with the fact she can write hilarious scenes — looking at you cafeteria scene.