by Katie Sise
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Hardback: 312 Pages
Publication: April 30, 2013 by Balzer & Bray
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?
Audrey McCarthy is a computer genius. She learned hacking and programming from her father before he died in a job-related accident. As her mother is a lunch lady at her high school cafeteria, Audrey can’t afford to go to a great university. Then Public, the leading company for technology, hosts an app competition for high school students in which two winners will each receive $200,000. Audrey knows that she has to win because this is her only chance to go to college. She develops The Boyfriend App, an app can find your match in its database and tell you when your match is near so you can act on it.
When the App becomes very popular, Audrey becomes the talk of the school until some unexpected bugs emerge in her design. Due to pure luck, Audrey finds something that bring her the biggest success and problems at the same time. It causes Audrey to become hated and threatened. But she is strong and never gives up. I love how Audrey grows throughout the book and also how always remembers her dad's advice. Katie Sise does a great job of bring reader into the programming world of Audrey. It is impressive how much Sise knows about apps and app-building.
Blake used to be best friends with Audrey, but now they are enemies. Though Xander is Blake's boyfriend, he sometimes sends signals to Audrey. Though Xander doesn't play a large role in the story, his actions make Blake believe that Audrey betrayed her, so she is determined to make high school a living hell for Audrey. Blake keeps giving her a hard time no matter what. I didn't like her very much.
Then there is Aidan. Smart, gorgeous and caring, he is the captain of the football team and a programmer like Audrey. Aidan has a big crush on Audrey, but he is too shy to approach her. I like how supportive he is of Audrey when she needs it most. I also really like the romance that blossomed between Audrey and Aidan. Their romance develops slowly, but very realistic and very cute.
The Boyfriend App captures the emotions of friendship, family, high school drama, and romances. It's a wonderful contemporary romance YA that I recommend for those looking for a funny, fresh, and delightful read.
A copy was provided by Harper Collins for review.