The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise | Book ReviewThe Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
Published by Balzer & Bray on April 30th 2013
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

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?


First time I heard about The Boyfriend App my interest was peeked. So when the book finally arrived I was so disappointed I couldn’t immediately start reading it! My exams were about to start and I needed my head a 100% focussed on those said exams. Cause as much as I love reading I know myself really well, and once I start reading I won’t stop till I have finished the book. So I had to wait… and now my exams are finally over!

First thing on the list: Reading the book I’ve been dying to read for months ~The Boyfriend App. I finished it the same evening, and let me tell you… this book is complete and utter mind candy!

I think the thing I loved the most was Sise’s characters and her way of storytelling. There were quite a few stereotypes, such as the mean girls and the jocks vs. the geeks. But rather than finding it annoying I found that I liked it, because it’s part of what makes the story so good! Audrey is a great protagonist, total geek and totally adorable, its hard not to like and relate to her.

So, imagine me zooming through the pages when half way the book it seems like everything is going to collapse. The app isn’t working correctly and her friends are getting hurt. I totally didn’t expect what happened  next! The entire story went crazy!

Audrey realizes what’s so special about the technology in her phone (I’m not gonna say more than that cause I don’t want to rob you of an amazing read!), she hacks, ‘borrows’ technology and launches The Boyfriend App 2.0. Hot damn! Then, the whole world goes crazy.

Sure, I’ll be the first one to admit that the second half of the book is a bit farfetched. But who says I was looking for a serious read? I just finished my exams and I did enough thinking and studying the past few weeks to put my brain on overload. I needed a read like this!

Oh wait! Did I mention Aiden yet? The secret crush and best friend. No? Well, now you definitely have to read it!  He is incredibly shy and that’s what gets in the way of his feelings for her. Aiden is total boyfriend material.

This is a super fast and fun read that might be the perfect option if you’re looking for a little mind candy! Needless to say: I loved it!

The Questionnaire

Get the app. Get the guy.

Before apps. Before cyber connections. Before online romance: There were quite a few heartthrobs sending letters instead of texts in classic literature. So who would be your literary leading man? Take this quiz to find out! Then find out which boy makes Audrey McCarthy swoon in Katie Sise’s hilarious debut novel, The Boyfriend App.

1. How do you meet your leading man?

a. At a party, where you boldly introduce yourself. He isn’t exactly receptive to your approach, but you can tell you’ve sparked his interest.

b. While on vacation last summer. But now, as luck would have it, you both live in the same town.

c. After seeing you around school a few times, you heard him asking who you are and telling everyone how much he likes you.

d. He is the manager at the store you both work at in your town. You know office romances are frowned upon, but you couldn’t help it!

2. You have a weekend all to yourself with absolutely no plans. How do you spend it?

a. Reading. Your to-be-read pile is almost as tall as you, so curling up with a few novels sounds fantastic.

b. Calling up a bunch of friends and planning a day trip somewhere. You know you’ll get cabin fever if you sit at home for too long.

c. Exercising your business savvy! You have a major babysitting business where you rake in the bucks.

d. Shopping! Even if it’s just a little window shopping, you are always up for a little retail therapy.

3. Your leading man plans an awesome first date. It is:

a. An afternoon outing to an art gallery.

b. A huge party that he is throwing at his house.

c. A picnic in a quiet park.

d. A reading at the local library followed by coffee.

4. The most important trait you look for in a boyfriend is:

a. Strong values. You wouldn’t sacrifice your morals and you wouldn’t want him to either.

b. Confidence and energy. You want someone who lives life to the fullest!

c. Goals. You like a boy who knows what he wants out of life

d. Devotion. You want your boyfriend to be romantic and loyal and to have no problem showing you just how much he cares.

5. You might be perfect for each other, but everyone has flaws. Your crush’s would be:

a. His pride; he’s not a fan of losing. Or being wrong.

b. He is a bit of a party animal; it’s great 99% of the time, but a quiet night every once in a while would be nice, too.

c. His impulsiveness; often he tends to act out of passion, without thinking of the consequences.

d. He can be a little clingy; he absolutely adores you, and you love that he does, but sometimes you just need some time alone.

If you chose mostly A’s:

Fitzwilliam Darcy, from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

You like a bit of a chase, and your perfect man, while aloof at first, doesn’t profess his love for you right away. Like Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, you are both reluctant to admit your feelings for each other. You prefer a partner who doesn’t necessarily agree with everything you say and sticks to his own guns, since you do exactly the same. As long as neither of you lets your pride get in the way, you are destined for a happy future. Besides, we dare you not to melt when he says, “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Plus, you can’t resist a dapper gentleman – especially not Colin Firth in the 1995 mini-series adaptation.

If you chose mostly B’s:

Jay Gatsby, from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Your energy and passion make you a perfect match for Jay Gatsby. The two of you are social creatures and crave both luxury and attention. Yet amidst all the glitz and glamor, you know your man only has eyes for you. You need someone who is going to keep up with you, and although your guy likes to pretend his life is perfect, he knows he cannot live without you. Remember to slow down and enjoy each other’s company one-on-one, and then you can get back to making the rest of the party jealous of your chemistry.

Plus, we can’t wait to see Leonardio DiCaprio portray Mr. Gatsby himself, in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann adaption.

If you chose mostly C’s:

Edward Rochester, from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Initially impulsive and a little reckless, your ideal boy is reforming from a rash individual into a thoughtful character. Still brooding, and a little mysterious, he looks to you for both happiness and support. You love that he prefers to avoid any sort of drama and would rather run away with you than cave to social pressure. Sometimes his intensity has you ready to run, but your convictions are strong enough that you stick to your values. You appreciate how well you two complement each other.

And have you seen the sparkle in Michael Fassbender’s eyes in the 2011 movie version? We’re smitten!

If you chose mostly D’s:

Marius Pontmercy, from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

You love all things romantic and adore being pursued. A boyfriend who leaves love notes in your locker, will risk life and limb for you, and has no problem professing these intense feelings? Right up your alley! You enjoy being swept up in the romance, and you ignore any outside circumstances that would prevent you from being together. Sometimes it seems as though your relationship is the only thing your guy can think about, but you need someone who is willing to go far for love, and Marius is your man.

Plus, if Eddie Redmayne from 2012’s Les Mis smiled that adorable grin at us, we would be running all over France, too.