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The Boyfriend App

The Boyfriend App

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by Katie Sise

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For fans of smart romantic comedies, this is a clever Cinderella story with a tech twist.

When Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high school student—with $200,000 in prize money—computer whiz Audrey McCarthy is all in. Audrey's been searching for her one ticket out of town ever since her


For fans of smart romantic comedies, this is a clever Cinderella story with a tech twist.

When Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high school student—with $200,000 in prize money—computer whiz Audrey McCarthy is all in. Audrey's been searching for her one ticket out of town ever since her dad died and her best friend, perfect and popular Blake Dawkins, turned into her worst nightmare—and this scholarship may be it.

Audrey comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done before: 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—right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Launched into unexpected fame and passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, Audrey finds that her invention has thrown her life into complete chaos . . . but can it bring her true love?

Editorial Reviews

Sarah Mlynowski
“Sexy, irresistible, page-turning fun. You’re going to want a boyfriend app—right now!”
Publishers Weekly
Audrey McCarthy and her best friend Blake were popular as freshmen, but by senior year, Blake has turned mean, and Audrey's only friends are the computer geeks that Blake and her posse call trogs, short for troglodytes. But it's the trogs' turn to shine when the Public Company (think Apple plus Facebook) announces an app contest, with a ,000 prize. A talented coder and hacker, Audrey is determined to win. Her first app, a boyfriend finder, starts strong, but fizzles when the couples it's brought together start breaking up. Then comes version 2.0, which builds on the underhanded way Public keeps teens connected to its products. Debut author Sise makes app design fun and approachable, while adding a pinch of caprice into the storyline. Audrey's relationship with adorable fellow-trog Aidan evolves at a slow pace, especially compared to the speed with which the mayhem and scandal result from Audrey's app—and what she discovers about Public. But Sise creates a clever, independent-minded heroine, while exploring the drawbacks of modern technology, and offering painful insight into friendships gone sour. Ages 13–up. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (May)
VOYA - Amy Wyckoff
What if you could create an app that would bring you together with the person of your dreams? When Audrey learns she could win $200,000 if her app is the most downloaded from Public's website, she sets out to build the Boyfriend App. Audrey is far from the average teen, spending hours in the computer lab writing code. When she is not coding, she spends most of her time thinking of her late father, trying to avoid her bullying ex-best friend, and daydreaming of kissing Aiden, who also happens to be one of her current closest friends. The success of the Boyfriend App gets Audrey recognition at school, and her app quickly climbs the charts on Public's site; however, Audrey soon discovers that Public has a secret to hide, a secret that Public is determined to keep even if it means blackmailing a teenager. Audrey does not let her past hardships keep her from creating the future she envisions for herself, and she is determined to work diligently to make it happen. The Boyfriend App is not only a modern-day love story but also a story of teens who are determined to stand up for their beliefs, no matter the consequences. Sise has created a humorous story with endearing protagonists. Reviewer: Amy Wyckoff
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Audrey loves working with computers and spending time with like-minded friends, including super-hot Aidan. Even though Blake, Audrey's ex-bff and her minions call Audrey's group troglodytes, Audrey is comfortable with Aidan, Nijit, and Mindy. But Blake cannot stop tormenting Audrey. And to make matters worse, when Audrey's dad is killed in an equipment failure at Blake's father's company, the official word was driver error. So Audrey and her mom got no monetary compensation from the company and Blake's father publicly blamed Audrey's father. Things get more and more toxic until the two girls have a physical fight because Blake throws away Audrey's rabbit foot charm given to her by her father. Blake's uncle, Principal Dawkins, announces a contest for who can build the best web app and says the prize is $200,000 of college scholarship money. But her mother has banned Audrey from using her computer for a week. Not to be stopped, Audrey—trained by her father to be a super hacker—starts brainstorming app ideas. After a texting exchange with Aidan about the homecoming dance, she hits on the winning app—how to find the perfect boyfriend. And with the help of her cousin Lindsay, Audrey's app is a smashing success, even though it does produce some unlikely matches. But when she accidentally discovers the app, buyPhone, so popular with all teens, has been programmed to make the user want to buy unnecessary things, she decides to expose the company and Blake's dad. She succeeds; in the end clearing her dad's reputation, getting her perfect boyfriend—Aidan—and making Blake's dad own up to all his lies. Although Blake is a bit over the top in her bullying, the story is well told and could be used for classroom discussions of bullying, believing in oneself, and building computer applications. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Audrey McCarthy's tech-savvy and humorous voice carries readers through the improbable events of her senior year. Ever since her father died, money has been tight, and winning the $200,000 scholarship offered by Public Corporation for the most popular app would mean that she could afford college. Audrey builds the Boyfriend App, which uses information from questionnaires to send a phone message when a user comes within 100 yards of a "perfect match". After Audrey's cousin tweets the surprising results of her successful match to thousands of followers of her fashion blog, one message is retweeted by Public's spokesperson and teen pop star, Danny Beaton. The Boyfriend App soars temporarily before a swift decline from failed matches. Then Audrey investigates a strange buzzing from her buyPhone and hacks into Public's site. She learns that the company has installed secret software that emits sounds that stimulate feel-good hormones when teens come near a Public store or download music from buyJams, causing them to purchase more. Adapting this "falling in love" phenomenon, Audrey launches the Boyfriend App 2.0, with instant success. When she successfully deploys it against Beaton during a concert, his kiss wins her the contest. Unfortunately, Public threatens to ruin Audrey if she reveals the truth. With the help of some powerful allies, the teen not only gets to college without Public's money, but also finds romance with an app. Underneath unlikely plot developments lie some serious questions about personal relationships and corporate power, but they never overburden the story's lighter and humorous moments. This fast-paced, clever romance with a smart, likable narrator should find a place in most libraries.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kirkus Reviews
What starts as a geek-girl romantic comedy turns into an implausible techno-thriller. When Public, an Apple-like tech giant responsible for social networking site Public Party and the omnipresent buyPhone, announces an app-building contest for high school students, computer-savvy Audrey creates the Boyfriend App to match users with potential dates. After the app successfully pairs her fashion-blogger cousin Lindsay with Audrey's fellow geek Nigit, Lindsay promotes it via Twitter to her audience of thousands. (Luckily for Lindsay, ostensibly religious Nigit doesn't seem to mind when she treats Hindu deities as fashion inspiration). After a brief setback, Audrey discovers a hidden functionality in buyPhones that turns the app into a high-tech love potion: Press a button and point it at a boy and he adores you. (Female users can also point it at a girl, but the only student to do this is a highly stereotyped exchange student whose kiss is portrayed as humiliating.) Public's reaction to Audrey's hacking their phones is suspenseful and engaging, but there are plot holes aplenty. Why does no one else question how the app works? How can every student afford a buyPhone? More disturbing, the ethical implications of users "apping" boys into kissing them are left almost completely unaddressed. Ultimately, too hard to swallow, with too many unanswered questions. (Fiction. 13-16)

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Sarah Mlynowski

“Sexy, irresistible, page-turning fun. You’re going to want a boyfriend app—right now!”

Meet the Author

Katie Sise is an author, jewelry designer, and television host. Lucky magazine has called her a "Designer to Watch," and her company has appeared in most major fashion magazines, including Vogue, W, Elle, Self, and many more. Katie is also the author of The Boyfriend App and Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career.

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ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Boyfriend App is an adorable, easy read.  I’m an avid YA reader, and while I’m an A, I’m not all that Y, and so I really appreciated the author’s sharp, funny wit, that didn’t “dumb down” the story line or characters to make them more age appropriate. Audrey is a smart, quirky protagonist that is comfortable in her own skin and not trying to aspire to popularity in the slightest—a pleasant change in a “She’s All That” genre.  Some people have commented on the super natural element, I can’t say that it bothered me.  I read YA because it’s an escape from the heaviness of real life, the more whimsy the better as far as I’m concerned.  I hope that Katie Sise keeps Audrey around for a while; I’m looking forward to reading about her taking over the world, one gadget at a time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book.   The title was both enticing and mysteriously vague.  What could it be about? An electronic boyfriend? Something okcupid-esque?   All I will say is, that I loved it.  It was fun to read, it sucked me in (I read 80% of it straight to the finish in one sleep deprived sitting no joke), and the end was not at all what I expected...in a good way.   Thumbs up; gold stars; high fives. 
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
The premise for The Boyfriend App by author Katie Sise was interesting and definitely sounded like an interesting read that I needed to get my hands on. From start to finish I found myself cracking smiles at hilarious scenes, my heart melting when romance got involved and satisfied with the novel by the time I reached the end. The Boyfriend App is unlike anything I have ever read before, a great read. After her father’s death and the transformation of her ex-best friend Blake, teenager Audrey McCarthy has gone through enough in life and just wants high school to be over and behind her. Smarter than your average high schooler and just a tad geeky, an opportunity arises for Audrey in the form of a contest. The contest? A high schooler has to create the best app and win the two hundred thousand dollar prize. Suddenly Audrey is caught up in inventing an app that will change everything, the possibilities of what two hundred thousand dollars can do for her is overwhelming and so, Audrey produces the Boyfriend App. The Boyfriend App—an app that can take the information from a girl or boy’s survey and create a match made in heaven. The app’s success goes through the roof, leaving Audrey the talk of her school and stealing kisses from her school’s hottest boys. As the Boyfriend App grows in popularity Audrey also begins to wonder if it will do for her what it has done for so many others: find her true love. Right from the opening scene I knew that The Boyfriend App wouldn’t be like every other teen fic novel that I’ve read in the past. Audrey isn’t the overused beautiful high school girl who, after a makeover or something, is suddenly stunning and stealing hearts left and right and overcoming conflicts like they aren’t even there. Audrey is a realistic teenage girl who feels real for the most part. She isn’t conceited, she has a crush that she isn’t positive she’ll get and her character really comes to life. Audrey deals with the things that most teen girl shave to go through and on top of that she’s super smart and creates an app that completely changes her life. (Living the life. Sorta.). Readers are going to be pulled in by Sise’s writing style. There are so many scenes that can be hilarious and leave me smiling like an idiot at the characters dialogue and actions and then at the same time there are moments where things would get a very serious tone and I would feel whatever Audrey was feeling. Apart from that the way that app designing was described was pretty cool considering that as a reader I knew absolutely nothing about it, pretty insightful and easy to understand (i.e. I wasn’t left thinking “What did I just read?”). There’s one thing that really sticks out for me personally on how The Boyfriend App was written and it involves a lot of internet/social media use and website URLs and the like, but what I found really interesting is that when a URL was used it had the full code. All the slashes and letters and stuff, which just added to the realism. There were a few things in The Boyfriend App that confused me but it was more because I actually gave some things some thought. I was confused about how TBA 2.0 worked. I mean really confused and readers who read it and readers who have already finished and read The Boyfriend App might understand my confusion. To keep this spoiler free I’ll just say that there were some things that I wish could have been explained on a more scientific aspect, just because without a real explanation TBA 2.0 took away from the general realism in the novel. I would recommend The Boyfriend App to readers who are big fans of teen fiction, readers who want a unique story that will keep them thinking about it long after they finish. Anybody who wants a teenage female protagonist who isn’t the typical beauty queen who has every laid out for her are going to love Audrey. The Boyfriend App is worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and although I dont generally read books like this (romance-ish), I still really liked this book!
mes2128 More than 1 year ago
Boyfriend App is a terrific read by new author Katie Sise. You'll love the main characters; Audrey is smart, funny, focused, but needs the balance of her cousin and close friends to keep her on track. The family dynamics and friendships are the strongest part of the book. Hilarious scenes ensue when the App makes students fall in love! You'll get lost in the world of App-building and hacking and root for Audrey all the way, especially as her friendship with Aidan slowly transforms into romance, the real kind. You will not be able to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i could not put this book down and quickly fell in love with its heroine, audrey. while it's targeted to the YA reader, i am far from that and still got completely wrapped up in her story, her smarts and her struggles. from the start, you just know this breezy, satisfying read will be on the big screen one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical about buying this. But something told me to. And when it comes to books, my gut's usually right. The Boyfriend App was no exception. I read the free sample, and it took my interest. A little in the beginning I almost quit the book, but that's just because it's summer vacation and my brain was thinking, "Let's do something else." But I continued reading, and I'm glad I did. A lot of people didn't like that fantasy thing about the phone, (I'm trying not to give too much away.) but I kind of loved it. Again, I thought it was stupid at first. But then I liked it. XD Mood swings. Anywho,I thpught it gave the plot an awesome turn, and made things more interesting. The ending wasthe worst and the best. The best because of an amazing couple, and the worst because the book ended! Ugh. XD Anywho, just buy it. You won't regret it. <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this and immediately fell in love! This is an amazing book and I would recommend it to any teenage girl or above. Lots of people woyld like this and I only have good things to say about it. Definately a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how well this book was accurate. It was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ithas everything. Romance,comedy,uncertainty, action, wit and charm. Just a wonderful book honestly read its great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong, I, for the most part, liked this book. Yeah, there was that supernatural element that got a weird freaky, but for the most part the book was everything you want out of a YA book, fun, romance. There is one huge sticking point for me though. So, Audrey creates the Boyfriend App to win the contest, right? It turns out the company running the contest manipulates teenagers into buying more stuff. And Audrey uses that to help her app gain more popularity. She condemns the company for using their technology for illegal gain, but she does the exact same thing. The moral justification she provides for her reasoning is weak at best. But in the end, it doesn't matter. What kind of message does that send? That's my main problem with this book. But, even with all the questionable morals, I'm still a sucker for a cute YA book.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise was a book I was very excited to read! It was also a Waiting on Wednesday pick, and when I got it as an e-ARC, I was thrilled! A book full of geeks and electronics is a book that's for me! Audrey McCarthy is a full time computer geek. She learned all her skills from her father, who is not dead. Audrey can't wait to get out of high school and get into college, but she doesn't even have money for that yet. When Audrey's school announces an app competition hosted by a major tech company, Audrey is determined to win! The prize is $200,000 to the best app designed by a high school kid. The adventure starts with Audrey starts brainstorming and thinking about an app that would go worldwide. Due to her past experiences of finding the &quot;perfect boyfriend&quot;, that's how she got the ides for The Boyfriend App. Audrey is a very interesting character. She is smart, and makes mistakes like any other teenage girl. Audrey's friends were fun to read about! They felt like real friends, and I'm glad that there wasn't this &quot;competition&quot; and &quot;jealousy&quot; between the two regarding this competition. The romance in this book was the best! It was so fun and very unexpected. I have read previous reviews, and some people mentioned that the tech stuff bothered them a bit. I honestly didn't think of the tech stuff being &quot;too&quot; detailed, or even bothering. Overall, I enjoyed The Boyfriend App. I have to say it wasn't that wow.. but it was still a fun, chill read that I enjoyed. The only thing that bothered me might have been the direction the story went to towards the end. I think everything just got messed up, and if it didn't go that way, I might have enjoyed it more. Though there were some CRAZY parts that just had me laughing my butt off the entire time!! I would definitely recommend The Boyfriend App for ages of 13-16, the younger young adults. 
Anonymous 8 months ago
I love romantic books like this on!!!i hope other people enjoy it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay best romance-blended-with-technology book ever!!!!!! Read it in four hours, and I recommend it for 10 & up!!!! This book is totally awesome for fantasy and romance lovers!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story hard to read though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read The Boyfriend App. It looks good. Is it appropriate for 12 yr olds? I am pretty mature and have read about a billion books. So I want to know if I can make it a billion and one? The book seems like it would be funny, cute, and romantic all at once. If so pleasw comment back to paige.from.starbucks. and I will know to read it or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read a book like this in who knows how the hell long. A total rollercoaster of emotions, this one is!!! The characters are so in depth and unique. The plot goes from something so simple to a complex game of blackmail and the hierarchy of business. Truly, utterly amazing. I love these types of books when the main character is nerdy so everything is super in depth with the facts. Definitely worth $2.00, and then some!!!!! 236 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much because of its comedy, romance, and drama! Someone should seriously consider making this into movie! I couldn't help but laugh and smile throughout the entire book and cannot wait to see what the amazing Katie Sise will write next! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im bored so why not. My kik is: thomasjreynolds
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Lol... kinda like zapped. I should read this book...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story of Audrey McCarthy the geek like me and her best friend Aidan who later becomes her boyfriend like my boyfriend luke. Audrys app was ingenious and if i was Public i would have jumped at the chance to do whatever it takes to get audrey on my side stolen technology or not.
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