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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

I wasn't really sure what I was expecting going into The Boyfriend App, but I thought the concept sounded interesting, so that's how it made its way on to my TBR list. Because we live in such a connected world now, with all our smartphones and the apps and stuff, I was curious how it was going to play out.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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?

What I Liked: 1) I think the cover art is very cute and clever. It really caught my eye, both on the shelf and on Goodreads. So that's one thing that is definitely going for it. 2) Audrey. Audrey was a pretty funny girl, in that geeky, funny way. She was dealing with some tough stuff in the book, and I really liked the way that she was handling it. Overall, she was very well written and was a great MC. 3) The technology aspect. I thought this was a fun piece of commentary on the world that we live in today. Because her app isn't just a "dating app" it was something entirely different that I don't want to give away or spoil.

What I Didn't Like: There was just no depth to the story. Not to the point where I would classify this as one of those good, light and fluffies. But it was just kind of...hollow is the best adjective I can come up with to describe it.

Overall Thoughts: The Boyfriend App was just kind of...meh. Nothing was particularly "stand-out awesome about it" (the highlight for me was the cover art) but there also wasn't anything that I could pinpoint as being particularly bad. I know there are people out there who will love this book. I think a lot of it depends on timing, and your mood. But I just wasn't particularly as entertained by the story as I like to be when I'm reading a book. But check out Goodreads for some other reviews, because I know there are others out there who've loved it!

My Rating: 2 shots

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