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The Boyfriend App [Format Kindle]

Katie Sise
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“Sexy, irresistible, page-turning fun. You’re going to want a boyfriend app—right now!” (Sarah Mlynowski, bestselling author of TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) )

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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 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?


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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Technology meets conspiracy theory and romance 28 février 2014
Par Lou
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It's a very clever mix between the fascination for cell phone apps, their romantic potential, and a classic conspiracy theory/teen saves the world story.
The latter is the part that works the least well but the rest really is fascinating, especially understanding how an app is made, the passion that goes into its development, and how they affect teenagers' relationships. A good story even if it's not a standout.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Review for The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise 10 juin 2013
Par Alyssa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

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:

This book was not what I expected AT ALL. I really thought this would be a cute, lighthearted, funny book that is contemporary and romantic and would make me laugh. Well, this book was humorous at times, and there was certainly some romance, but this book was surprising in many ways.

I thought this book would be a geeky contemporary book with some romance, but mostly, geekiness. Well. The first half of the book is a ton of programming and code and computer stuff, for Audrey to build her app. The second half of the book had more of a dystopia feel. It seemed like "Public" controlled everything technology-related, so like, the Internet, access to apps, music, and so on.

That part of the book was really... dark. I did't expect things to get so violent and heavy. Seriously, there was blackmail and threats and serious government business. I have no idea if any of that could possibly happen in really life, especially referring to Audrey's deals with important government officials, but I will accept it and move on.

I really liked the programming and coding part of the book - the "geeky" part. It was very interesting to read about how the students created real apps that could be downloaded. Audrey's creation of her app was thorough and specific, and to me, was interesting to understand.

Audrey is a great heroine. I liked that her point-of-view was dominant, as the book was in first person. Audrey isn't stupid, or wishy-washy, but she makes mistakes like any other person. I could really feel for Audrey, because it is definitely difficult to like the popular guy, and like your best friend at the same time, and you can't do anything about your feelings. Oh, insecurity.

I also liked that she had some personal issues from her past - with her father's death. It made her fight to be better and do more seem raw and, well, real. Audrey doesn't have those awful, heart-breaking problems that we see a lot in New Adult novels, but I think her problems propel her in this book.

The love interests, Aidan and Xander, were both... interesting. I really liked Aidan, and I like how the author starts Audrey and Aidan's relationship as really good friends. When Audrey's app is perfected, well, let's just say Aidan is affected. And Xander gives Audrey attention at some points in the book, which makes things even more confusing for Audrey!

I knew where this romance was going, and I liked how it was going. Audrey has liked Xander for a very long time, yet she and Aidan have been friends for a very long time. So, neither love interest is really new to her. But, I'll just say, the ending is a good one, in terms of romance.

The ending, in general, is pretty good. The second half of the book is really dark, which sort of takes away from the ending, but everything wraps up well. Some things that needed to be atoned for are done. You'll be at peace with what you read!

What I Did Not Like:

I guess I really didn't like the second half of the book, how it turns dark and almost eerie. It was a massive shift in tone, and while it was unexpected, it was not really welcome, in my opinion. I liked the lighter feeling to the book. Every time Audrey would lash out or do something violent, I would cringe internally and think "Really? People my age act like this? Academically intelligent people, like me? UGH."

I think one of my biggest problems is that this book isn't really... realistic? I mean, it is supposed to be a contemporary novel, meaning it's modern-day written. Well. I really don't think that ANY school participates in a contest to build an app, and the prize would be free tuition to a wonderful technology-oriented school, like MIT. Not realistic at all. I also don't think that the resolution, with Audrey's agreements and whatnot, are realistic. Maybe a better label is needed for this book.

Would I Recommend It:

Yes. You would NOT be wasting your time with this book!

Rating:

3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars. I enjoyed this book while I was reading it, and am glad that I got the chance to participate in the tour!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly disturbing.... 7 décembre 2013
Par Michael M. Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
When Audrey McCarthy sees an opportunity to change her family’s fortunes and win a college scholarship for herself by developing the next great mobile app, she accidentally sets off a firestorm of confusion and not-so-wacky hijinks.

Her idea is simple: create an app which will find each user the perfect partner based on complicated algorithms and detailed profiles. She enlists the aid of her fashion-obsessed cousin and her fellow tech geeks (collectively nicknamed the “troglodytes” by the popular clique) to put things into motion. And for a while, things look promising. A few early love matches, a celebrity tweet or two, and she’s on the fast track to winning the contest.

And then things go…wrong. Because love isn’t something you can guarantee just because a computer or smartphone or mobile app tells you so. Frustrated and desperate, Audrey takes advantage of a chance discovery to retool her app. The Boyfriend App 2.0, now with guaranteed love. That’s when it all blows up in her face. Can she find a way to get out of this situation?

The Boyfriend App is a strange story, and one might well accuse it of multiple personalities. It starts off as a fairly innocent romantic comedy, one of those slice-of-life teenage tales, where the plucky geek heroine uses her technological expertise to create the award-winning app which will win her the scholarship, the fame and fortune, and the boyfriend. At last, she’ll show her ex-best friend and queen bee of the mean girls, her true worth. Cue slow clap and maybe an speech at graduation.

Sise, however, puts some subtle clues into play along the way, and halfway through she yanks the rug out from under the readers with some strange and interesting twists. The story goes from “romantic comedy for the technophile” to “evil corporation using technology just shy of science fiction to do nefarious things, and only our heroine is aware.” It goes from awkward tale of redemption to something reminiscent of Cory Doctorow’s YA work, with the clever hacker teens fighting the system. Cue dirty secrets, blackmail, industrial espionage, revenge.

Things I like about this story: The cast is diverse and multi-dimensional. One of Audrey’s friends is Indian, and pretty cool in his own geeky way. (Kind of like a much more confident Raj from the Big Bang Theory, without the racial stereotyping.) Another is Hispanic with a speech disorder, and she’s played straight, not for laughs or as an object of pity or derision (save by the mean girls, who hate everyone.) When Audrey creates her app, she acknowledges that it can be for “girls wanting girlfriends, girls wanting boyfriends, boys wanting boyfriends, and boys wanting girlfriends.” In short, everyone. And later, we see the app bringing same-sex couples together. It’s not even something to remark upon in the story, it’s accepted and they all move on.

I also like the oddly parallel nature of the setting to our own world. Google and YouTube and Twitter all exist, but instead of Apple, we get the ubiquitous Public Corporation, with its social networking site (Public Party), music download platform (buyJams) media deice (buyPlayer) and smartphone (buyPhone). With the reach, versatility, and power of a vastly less ethical Apple, they pretty much rule the roost, with an especially strong presence in South Bend, Indiana, where the story is set (in the shadow of Notre Dame). It grants the book an extra step of remove from our own world, which comes in handy when trying to swallow some of what goes down.

I like that Sise doesn’t shy away from the nuts and bolts of the technological side of things. Her protagonist and mainly of the secondary characters are computer experts, programmers, hackers, and geeks, and it shows. The story as a whole treats them with a fair amount of respect and honesty, and it’s easy to root for the good guys. This really is a book for the hackers and programmers and gadget lovers, the ones who’re comfortable with HTTP and backdoors and coding. Sise either knows her stuff, or has at least done her research. (A quick glance at her bio informs me that she’s a jewelry designer and television host, and a fashion consultant. So she at least made a stab at making her techno babble sound realistic.)

So far, I’ve said some very nice things about a book I rather enjoyed. Now, however, I have to address the things I found problematic. Beyond this point, there be spoilers, because one cannot speak of them otherwise.

Audrey’s first app is designed so that everyone fills out a profile, and then the app uses GPS and other features to seek out all compatible profiles within five miles. If a compatible profile is within a certain range, say one hundred yards, the app will play a sound and give the female user an arrow and GSP directions to their love match. (No explanation on how it works if same sex couples are involved, or who gets designated the girl for the purposes at hand.) So theoretically, the power is in the hands of the girl to seek out their love match… the unsuspecting guy who may or may not want anything to do with the girl with whom he’s been matched.

I’m pretty sure there have been apps along those lines in the past. Maybe not specifically dating apps, more like data aggregation programs for smartphones, but they all led to the exact same issue I have here, one that’s never addressed: the potential for stalking and abuse. After all, these profiles rely on honest answers, and they allow you to surrender a lot of privacy without fully realizing the consequences. It’s almost a relief when this app goes down in flames. For every genuine match, there had to have been dozens of misfires. As Audrey herself realizes, you can’t necessarily trust technology where matters of the heart are concerned. But the Stalker App is right out….

The Boyfriend App 2.0 is downright terrifying. Audrey develops it after learning that Public is using an inaudible sound frequency through their products to essentially control teenagers and get them to buy more stuff. She reworks the technology to hijack the frequency and create an app that literally makes the target fall in love with the user.

I’ll pause. I’ll let that sink in.

Audrey creates an app that makes the target fall in love with the user. And keys it to only work for female profiles.

And then she not only uses it, she releases it into the wild.

Do I really need to explain why this is a spectacularly bad idea? The only reason the idea isn’t both terrifying and repugnant is because it’s being fielded by a teenage girl in what’s supposed to be a semi-comic manner. Because she wants to win a contest and save her family and get back at the big evil exploitive corporation which smeared her dead father’s reputation, it’s all hand waved as good fun. I still think of this as the Rape App, and I started twitching the moment Audrey honestly thought it was a good idea.

Now, perhaps I’m overdrinking things a little. Who wouldn’t love an app that tells you when a potential love match is close by? Imagine how easy it would be to meet people if your phone could tell you when they’re in the vicinity? (And how awkward it would be to find them in the restroom, or with their current girlfriend, or doing any one of a thousand private or embarrassing things…) Who wouldn’t love an app that lets you control the emotions and desires of anyone you desire (provided they fulfill certain criteria as set out in the story). Because teenagers can be trusted with that sort of power, right? (I was a teenager. The answer is Oh HELL No.)

So there’s the problem. Here we have a lively, entertaining, thoughtful comedy for the techies and geeks and trogs, and it’s wrapped around some profoundly disturbing issues that undermine a lot of the goodwill otherwise inspired by the colorful cast of characters and worthwhile plot. I mean, I like Audrey and her friends. I love how they interact with one another. I like some of the couples that come together as a result of the story. I wanted to root for Audrey and company to find happiness and success…and yet I was expecting the NSA to “vanish” her at the end of the book.

Clearly, Sise has a lot of potential as a YA author. There’s a measure of depth and complexity to what could have been a total fluff piece, and there was plenty to love here. I just hope that the themes and decisions made as part of the story spark some genuine discussion as well.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 It's Great until it's Problematic 25 avril 2014
Par Stormy(Book.Blog.Bake.) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I’m not sure I’ve ever been more conflicted on what to rate a book as I am with The Boyfriend App. On one hand, it was a cute and charming read with a fresh premise and a technology-focused female lead–all things I love. On the other, there’s a serious ethical issue in They Boyfriend App that is never addressed, and I would have given almost any other book 1 star for that alone. So let’s talk about the good first, shall we?

Audrey is a fantastic main character. She’s smart, capable, and interesting. She really does have the hacking and technology skills she claims to have, because we see evidence of her using these skills throughout the story. Audrey’s cousin, Lindsay, is a bit of a cliche as a fashion-focus almost-hipster, but I didn’t mind because Lindsay is super great at social media, which I loved, and also they have a wonderful friendship. Friendship in books is always a huge plus for me.

I sighed over the love interest in The Boyfriend App. The actual app definitely proved to set up a road block to relationships, and this made the main love story move nice and slowly. We really got to see the character development before the characters every got together. At this point, The Boyfriend App would have received a solid 4 stars. I mean, great romance, friendship, and a main character? Yes please!

However, about halfway through the book, Audrey realizes she needs to take the app to the next level. So she launches the Boyfriend app 2.0. Girls can use their phones to make boys fall instantly in love–or lust–with them. This sounds weird, but it’s actually explained in The Boyfriend App pretty well, so I didn’t have a problem with the reasoning behind how this technology worked.

The problem is, however, that the girls are completely in control of the app, and once it’s activated, the guys have no control over whether to deny it or not. The girls can just press a button–IT’S ON–and the boy will instantly be head-over-heels in love, happy to make-out or kiss or do ANYTHING for the girl. The girl can stop the app by pressing a button saying IT’S OVER, and everything apparently goes back to normal.

This is totally not okay. The app doesn’t just make a guy look in the direction of the girl who turned the app on–he’s completely infatuated. When Audrey tests the app out in the cafeteria, the guy she uses it on starts kissing her, lifts her up, and lays her down on a cafeteria table. It’s a heavy make-out session, and he had no say in it. At one point, Audrey uses the app to get a guy to do what she wants because she promises if he does, she’ll kiss him. That’s not as bad was what could have happened–the app basically gives girls complete control over the boys.

If the genders were reversed in this situation, it would have NEVER gone over. I mean, can you imagine a book in which a male main character invented an app that men could use to make girls instantly attracted and in lust with them? The lack of agency would be addressed immediately. When this plot element came up in the book, I went along with it because I was certain the ethical issues would be addressed. If this had been clearly shown as wrong and Audrey felt even the tinniest bit of remorse, I could have been fine. But the issue–this huge ethical issue–was never even acknowledged in The Boyfriend App. And frankly, that made me mad and totally ruined a book I loved otherwise.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Cute YA Everyone Should Read! 13 mai 2013
Par J. Arkin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
4.5 stars! I really really enjoyed this book! I hate to use the word cute to describe it, but it's the word that keeps coming to mind when I think of it! This was everything I hoped a young adult novel could be.

Audrey McCarthy can't wait to graduate. The once popular girl who had lots of admirers and friends isn't quite the same after her father's death and the loss of her one time best friend Blake... the resident mean girl. She now sits at a table filled with some of the lowest on the high school totem pole and watches her mom struggle to make ends meet while working in the high school cafeteria.

Audrey may have found the answer to her problems though. A contest is announced that will provide the winner with 200k to use to attend the college of their choice. Audrey needs to win.

And so... The Boyfriend App is created.

What teenage girl (or any girl for that matter) wouldn't want to find their perfect guy by simply filling out a questionnaire and having your phone tell you when you are within 100 feet of them? None... that's the answer. Her app is a success ... but things don't go as smoothly as she had hoped.

What did I love? I adored Audrey. She's absolutely someone I would have hung out with in high school. She loves programming *cough hacking cough* ... mostly because it's something she did with her dad, but also because she's good at it.

I loved Audrey's friends! Mindy, Nigit, Lindsay and Aiden were just the perfect mix and a wonderful inclusion to a great story.

The Boyfriend App provides a perfect mix flails, funny, and romance and I adored every second of it.

I will say that there is a lot of computer speak in this ... I mean it's unavoidable because computers and hacking and programming are the base of this story and so at times it was kind of over my head, but I think Sise does an incredible job of explaining the nerd speak when it was necessary.

Did I mention Aiden yet... yes... well let me mention him again. I adored him. Everytime he said "Auds" I totally melted inside.

Also... I hated Blake. Like Hated Hated.

She takes the definition of mean girl to a whole new level and that up there was my face every single time she appeared.

If you're looking for a wonderfully written YA that's engaging and sweet and a little bit awesomely nerdy, you MUST check out The Boyfriend App. I promise you won't be able to put it down once you start!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun contemporary with a twist. 16 mai 2013
Par TSherm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I had heard a couple of different things about this one. It was cute. It had a paranormal twist. It was fun. I began reading it not necessarily sure how the story was going to go, even though I originally thought this was just going to be a cute chick-lit. It was, but there ended up being a lot more going on.

I really liked Audrey! She was a great character! So smart and loyal and still trying to figure things out. Audrey had never had a boyfriend, so she was a little apprehensive. I also really liked Aidan, her best friend, and Lindsay, her cousin. Then there was a slue of supporting characters that were each individual and added to the story. You also have your villains in Blake and her father.

I thought the story would be predictable and it wasn't. There is a sci-fi twist, as in technologically. It added a completely different dimension to the story and it affected everyone. I thought the whole idea of there being an app that could help you find a boyfriend and the way the technology worked was very creative. I could totally see teenagers buying into it. There is one part where it is absolute mayhem and I about died laughing. So great!

There were only two things that I didn't like. One was that I wish Audrey would have had a little more integrity because I felt what she did was wrong and that she should have just exposed the company in some way instead. The other thing is that there were brief, but strongly suggestive parts that I felt were almost just for shock value and those I could have done without.

Overall, this was a very fun and surprising read! It had some great characters and an intriguing plot. I'm curious to see what Sise writes next.

Content: Some innuendo, some strong suggestive content
Rating: 3.5 stars
Original review posted on my blog: [...]
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