Thursday, 18 December 2014

Book Reivew: The Boyfriend App (App #1) by Katie Sise

Goodreads Description :

Get the app. Get the guy.

Computer-whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. Once popular and fearless, she hasn't been the same since her dad died. And her ex-best friend, gorgeous queen bee Blake Dawkins, has turned into her worst nightmare. Audrey is counting the minutes until high school is over and she can get the hell out of Dodge and go to college-that is, if she can find a scholarship.

So when Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler-with $200,000 in prize money-Audrey is spurred to action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples in high school, and people start to take notice. But it's not quite enough.

To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper. And she does-right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Suddenly the Boyfriend App lands Audrey where she never expected to be: in the middle of the limelight, passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, causing complete and utter mayhem. But can it bring her true love?

Title: The Boyfriend App (App #1)
Author: Katie Sise
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Chick Lit
Format: Hard Back
Pages: 312
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Source: Ebay

This was a quick read! Like no joke i read it in one sitting for 5 hours!

Also after reading this someone please create a boyfriend or a bookish boyfriend app :P

I adore this book! Smart, Cute, great cast of characters and mind blowing plot twist!

The book follows Tech geek Audrey who is a pro hacker, a skill she picked up from her dad who passed away in her freshman year. She enters an app developing competition where the best app created will win a $200,000 scholarship. While creating the app she hacks a scandalous secret and uses it to create an app called the boyfriend app.

Smart, sweet and quirky computer whiz, she started with low self-esteem and grew in confidence as she develops and improves her app. What I love about her is that she never gives up and was determine to win the scholarship.

While it was fun following her process and struggles of brainstorming, designing and testing the app though I found it kinda confusing when reading the computer terms and lingo since I don't have much experience at computer programming so I tend to skim trough those parts (and maybe at times question if I'm reading English or a whole new language).

While Audrey's mum is not shown a lot, its clear that they have a very close relationship and that they are both caring and protective of each other. Her mum works as a school lunch lady to support them. Even though her dad is no longer around, Audrey still keeps that connection alive with her love for computer and and hacking like her dad. 

Also when reading this book I was picturing Marley and Millie Rose from Glee as Audrey and her mum.

Life in school for Audrey is not smooth with the fact she's always being bullied by ex-bff and mean girl Blake, who's father owes the company 'Public' which happen to be the company that is organizing the app designing contest.

It's sad watching the parts where Blake was tormenting her and a couple of them were really violent. Yes its obvious she's my least favorite character. Funny thing is that the author is releasing a spin off book on Blake so this will be interesting...

Still Audrey does have a close group of friends consist of Aiden, Nigit and Mindy as well her loving and supportive cousin Lindsay.

I swear this is exactly what i picture Aiden to be! Dylan O'Brine with glasses anyone?

I love Aiden from the moment we first read about him! He is THE best friend to have and I see why Audrey want's him as her boyfriend. He is everything I like an a bookish crush sorta guy! Sweet, funny, cute, shy and nerdy not to mention he is a very supportive friend.

 Dev Patel fits everything I pictured Nigit in the book!

Nigit is hilarious! He's one of those effortless cool guys! Also as the book progresses we see that is has quiet a significant role with Audrey app... or at least his dad does.

As for Lindsay I love her character to bits! Fashion blogger and PR extraordinaire she helps Audrey with using her blog and power on the social media to promote her app as well as being there for Audrey trough thick and thin,

I love her relationship with her cousin and how she is always looking out for Audrey. I also love her 'odd pair' relationship with Nigit.

As for the character Blake, I have mix feelings for her as most of the book I wanted to punch her as she was a real piece of work! But then we meet her Dad and he is a totally different piece of work. Like the type where you take out your assassins blade and all the works as ughhhhh!!! 

Even so I am intrigued to read about Blake side of the story in the sequel The Pretty app.

I enjoyed the computer science aspect of the book as it deeps into an easy understanding of behind the scenes of it. Along with that we get a lighter in depth of stuff like blackmailing, corporate secrets, dealing with death, the addiction to today's technology and the power and influence of social media.

The plot was fast pace and engaging and even though some parts were confusing as I don't speak computer code, I still manage to flip trough the book really quickly. Also some of the plot twist caught me off and were mind blowing awesome!

Overall a wicked tech-geek contemporary that is cute, smart, hilarious and heartwarming.

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