{Blog Tour} Review: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Thank you to Chyna @ Lite-Rate-Ture for allowing me to join The Boyfriend App PH Tour and to Edelweiss for the eARC! I had such a fun time reading TBA and I hope you do too (when you get convinced by my review to go grab it, hee).

The Boyfriend App
Title: The Boyfriend App
Author: Katie Sise
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Date of Publication: April 30, 2013

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?


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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss for the eARC and to Chyna and Katie for letting me join the blog tour. Of course, this in no way affected my views of the novel.

If you've noticed, a certain trend has become apparent in my reading tastes. I'm loving anything with a geek as the main character. I have loved geeks in movies and TV shows but I recently discovered that there are tons of geeks in YA too and that I really really enjoy reading them too. It must be because I'm a geek too. And a nerd. And a dork. And these characters appeal to me a lot because I can see their passion in me. I'm nothing if not passionate, about books, TV shows, movies, music, Korean dramas and music and all of my other obsessions. I have a degree in science too and I just can relate. In The Boyfriend App, the geek in focus is a programmer.

Now, I dabbled a bit in programming back in high school and I sucked at it so I have mad respect for all programmers out there. Now, you don't need to have an idea about programming to enjoy The Boyfriend App because it's a wonderful contemporary romance YA with a heroine you'll surely love and root for.

Audrey is pretty much on the lowest rung of the high school social ladder at Harrison High. It doesn't help that her ex-bestfriend Blake and the Martin twins terrorize and bully her. Still, she has her own friends, Nigit, Adrian and Mindy. Her mom works in her school's cafeteria, her dad died freshman year and she can't afford to go to a great university for college. Yeah, it sucks, but programming takes her mind away from all the shit in her life. Here comes Public, with a contest for the most innovative and most popular mobile application made by a high school student. With two hundred thousand dollars on the line, she develops The Boyfriend App, an app which finds your match in its database and tells you when your match is near so you can act on it. Conflicts and twists ensue, giving us one fantastic ride of a novel.

First, congratulations to Katie Sise for The Boyfriend App. Wow is all I can say. It took me so long to write this review because I can't find the words that will make you just grab this novel right off the shelf. If ever my review won't be enough, just take my word for it and go read The Boyfriend App. You will thank me for it.

Katie has written such lovable and relatable characters that I loved them right from the get-go. Of course I hated Blake and her minions but I was delightfully hating them the whole novel. They were evil and bitchy, which you know will land them straight to Payback Land and me to Maniacally-Laughing-You-Deserve-That Land. Audrey's backstory was really pitiful and you just root for her. I might not be a fan of some of her decisions somewhere in the novel but I understood where she was coming from and so, I still supported her. Adrian, oh, Adrian. Adrian is this handsome yet ultrashy geek who's friends with Audrey. Can I order an Adrian of my own? Is he on ebay? Because if he is... Adrian transported me to Swoonsville every single time. He was sweet and sensitive to Audrey's feelings and needs and smart. And of course, sexy. Gah, I can spazz all day. I especially love Audrey and her cousin Lindsay's relationship as they were pretty much sisters. Although not as fleshed out, Xander was a nice addition to the whole round of characters too.

As for the plot, again, wow. I thought TBA was going to be a geeky contemporary read but it exceeded all of my expectations and notions. The Boyfriend App had blackmail, company secrets, a little bit of detective work, dealing with death and tons of plot points and issues tackled. Katie was able to mesh all of these subplots with the overarching ones, without losing steam and that in itself is a feat. Usually, novels hit a slow plot point or a draggy conflict but in here, Katie was able to constantly up the ante by having small conflict victories yet purposefully leading to a high-risk and high-return ending. There was always a question on what happened and what will happen, keeping the story interesting and gripping.

The Boyfriend App is funny too and I caught myself laughing so many times. Meta jokes abound you and that's one of my favorite type of jokes. Where the characters voice out what they think f themselves and the situation they're in, as if they're the audience. I especially like the pop culture references and everything that happened with pop star Danny Beaton.

Maybe that's it, I just plain loved this novel. Hilarious, sweet and smart, The Boyfriend App is like that geek we all love. The Boyfriend App will surely join the ranks of your favorite geeky contemporary YA romances. Congratulations Katie on your debut novel!

About Katie Sise

Katharine “Katie” Sise is a New York City based author, jewelry designer and television host. Years ago, at age twenty-four— after dropping a rare and very expensive bottle of champagne on her way to deliver it to Robert De Niro’s table—she realized she needed a way to fund her acting and writing career that didn't involve balancing a tray full of cocktails. That fall, she taught herself to make jewelry and launched Katharine Sise Jewelry. Within a few months, Lucky Magazine called her a “Designer to Watch” and her company appeared in every major fashion magazine—including Vogue, W, Elle, Self, Lucky, InStyle, Bazaar, Allure, Us Weekly, People, In Touch, Page Six Magazine, Real Simple, FN, Life and Style, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Women’s Wear Daily, Marie Claire and Glamour. Before she knew it, her celebrity clientele included Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Kelly Ripa, Ellen Pompeo, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Beyonce Knowles, Anne Hathaway and Drew Barrymore.

Katharine has been profiled on dozens of online fashion and lifestyle outlets including Forbes.com, Elle.com, InStyle.com, People.com, Sweet, The Huffington Post and The New York Post. Her jewelry has appeared on television shows such as The View, Live with Regis and Kelly, E! News, Good Day New York, Full Frontal Fashion, Movie and a Makeover, The O.C., Brothers and Sisters and Gossip Girl. While Katharine was chatting with the ladies from The View, one of her necklaces broke on air and fell from her neck to her lap because she didn't spend enough time getting the clasp right. That moment is preserved, forever, on a DVD at her parents’ house.


Katharine has designed jewelry for national campaigns like Vera Wang, Gap and Keds. In 2009, Target launched Katharine Sise for Target.


Katharine has worked as a fashion and lifestyle consultant, appearing on-air for networks like HSN, Oxygen, Discovery Channel, CNBC and ABC’s Good Morning America. For eighteen months, Katharine co-hosted a live monthly television show for The Home Shopping Network. She also appeared as The Daily Special’s resident style expert.


Katharine’s first book, Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career (Perseus/Running Press) hit shelves in September of 2010. Creative Girl is written for every woman who wants to make her living in the creative world, whether in an office job or at the helm of her own business. The book is an encouraging and practical take on how to make a living doing what you love.


Katharine’s first novel, The Boyfriend App, will be published by HarperCollins Balzer + Bray on April 30, 2013. The Boyfriend App tells the story of a girl who, in order to win a scholarship offered by a secretly-evil global computing corporation, invents an app that makes any boy fall madly in love with her, with chaotic results.


Katharine has a BA in Film, Television and Theater from The University of Notre Dame. She lives in New York City with her family.


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