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The Boyfriend App

(App #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  4,401 ratings  ·  731 reviews
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 o
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by Balzer & Bray
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Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure what I was expecting when reading the description of this book, but it certainly wasn't what I got.

The book overall was pretty good if you don't mind fluff pierced with descriptions of coding and hacking (which I usually don't). There are a few instances where timing and descriptions don't really make sense which makes me think that this book could use another run through with an editor.

My biggest problem, however, is that this book is...rapey.

The main character makes an app whic
Wendy Darling
Smart, geeky Audrey McCarthy needs money for college, so she decides to enter a competition to design a phone app that lets users find their perfect romantic match. I loved the idea of a girl who's a tech nerd, so I was very entertained by the first half of this book. Audrey's a fun character, and the explanations of technical terms and use of social media is well-integrated into the story; I also enjoyed the breezy writing and quick pace. But halfway through, the plot took a turn that was insan ...more


No seriously, I loved it.

A lot. A whole lot.

It was smart, fun and full of everything a not so young adult could ask for in a young adult novel. A pretty kickass girl (who wears skull and cross bone Vans and can program and knows what Linux and an SSH session are), a swoony boy (who can also program) and a great story to back it all up!

Audrey McCarthy is a senior in high school, and since the death of her father, things haven’t been so great for her. Following his death, she los
Dec 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Larry Lennhoff
Trigger warnining: multiple sexual assaults This is my first attempt at a spoiler free review. If anyone who read the book wants to discuss why I gave a trigger warning, please feel free to reply to the review.

This book is internally divided into a part 1 and a part 2. I wish I could divide my review the same way, as I would give 4 stars to part 1 and 1 star to part 2. Part 1 was very nice - we met the characters, we get an outline of the problem to be solved, we see a first attempt at a solutio
Cute yet predictable.

The Boyfriend App was a likable book. Okay, it was downright enjoyable. Audrey was an interesting character and I loved how clueless she was when it comes to flirting. The app seemed like a pretty interesting idea and I probably would have had it in High School if it existed. However, it wasn't what I thought it would be at all.

However, the app didn't seem realistic at all. Pressing a button that will make you fall in love sounds ridiculous and so untrue! I wish that would h
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a cute read, although I did have a few issues with it - primarily that it was a bit too geeky and over-the-top. And there were a few things that were confusing that kind of threw me off course (not on the predictability, but I had to figure out the timeline or consistency).

I wanted to read a fun book that would lighten my mood, and the first few chapters hit me like a ton of bricks. It was way too technical with all the computer/phone language that a lot of it went over my head. I know
Kaylee Magic
Dec 21, 2012 marked it as to-read
The Boyfriend App? OMG. Can I get me a BOOK Boyfriend App??? (x <3
Dec 15, 2014 marked it as dnf
Shelves: coverfuckd
Get the app: get the guy.
I wish man. I wish.

So this was a DNF, and I can't really explain why but here's my reading stances and my capricious reading interests which flicker more frequently than an A/C motor's emf. (Wow, I actually remember thermodynamics. That's new.) (P.s. that's 50 Hz fyi.)

At various stages of reading over a time period of two months or so:

0%- When I heard of the book-

If this shit were real, I'd be hogging the PlayStore like a madwoman trust me but it isn't real and so I'm j
Michael Jones
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
I don’t even know what I just read. At first, it turned out to be rather interesting. Computer hacking lingo that I never even understood until this, but then it kind of went downhill. I thought it it dragged on a bit and I ended up flipping through the pages just to find out what happened, merely skimming it just to end it. Not the most exciting book, but it did hold some promise in the beginning.
Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 3.5

After reading a whole bunch of fantasy and paranormal I decided I needed a chic lit and so I requested this.

One of my reasons for requesting this book in particular was that it was a book about geeks. I happen to be one myself; not a computer geek but you know a geek never the less.  I’ve heard quite a few people complain about the technical language in the book and how they didn’t understand it. I am hopeless with computers but I think I could mostly understand because it was v
Brandi Kosiner
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
The Boyfriend App was mostly what I expected it to be--cute and quick. I wasn't expecting the almost sci-fi element to it though, nor the twist with Public, a manufacturer of phones and ipod type things as well as social networking for teens leader in this book.
I really enjoyed Audrey and she is the reason I suspended belief a bit with some of the capabilities of technology. She is nerdy and smart, she is the middle of the road almost invisible girl in school, and although I wasn't quite the
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Boyfriend APP is such a cute and fun read. I am so thankful to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read this book. When I first read the blurb I thought okay this sounds like a light fun read and I can't wait till August till it comes out and I can read it. Katie tells a fun story about what people will do to get to college. How innovative people can be to get a scholarship.

Audrey McCarthy can't wait to get out of high school and move on to bigger and better things like college. Bu
Ruth Silver
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found The Boyfriend App to be a constant page-turner. It was probably the romance up and downs that I found myself needing to read more. Some scenes felt outrageous, but it's fiction. It doesn't have to be real.

Audrey was an interesting character. I liked her. Even though we're not alike, I could still relate to her. I loved Aidan's character and I was rooting for Audrey and Aidan to figure out their feelings for one another. The secondary characters also held dimension.

Some scenes were predic
This book almost started to save itself til the end, when the MC let out a breathe she didn't know she was holding. Most of the chapters ended in cliffhangers in the middle of a scene so I didn't feel that we got the full force of the story. Not a bad idea, but could have developed a whole lot more than it did. Plus some things that happened just didn't make enough sense with what we had known from previous information. Glad I stuck it through though to know the ending. ...more
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I was really intrigued by the concept of this book since I love nerdy protagonists, but this one was too over the top for my taste..
so we get introduced to Audrey who is a computer genius, and she have a crush on her class mate Aiden who is also a computer nerd, and then they enter this competition to invent an app to win a college tuition, so Audrey invents the Boyfriend App which matches you with your soulmate, I was hooked in this idea but after that problems occur and nothing is making sens
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Guys, I am writing this as a zombie blogger, because I died of cute. Seriously, this book is so fun and sweet and humorous and delightful. I picked The Boyfriend App at just the right time, when I was in the mood for a lighter read, for a contemporary novel, and this hit the spot so perfectly. To me, the best books are the ones that can make me feel, and The Boyfriend App delivered, making me actually laugh aloud and grin like an idiot pretty much the whole way through. As I sit here writing thi ...more
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
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***********CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS*********
The Boyfriend App tells the story of Audrey, a technologically-gifted high school senior, who chooses to write an app for her phone in order to win a contest and get some scholarship money. The idea that she settles on is to create a matching making app.

In the beginning of the book, I was ok with the basic premise. In fact, I was excited to see a techie girl who was talented at coding. There are not enough of these girls (lik
Jaime Arkin
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 sc
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
In the world of apps, iPads, and ever-more capable cell phones, a story like this fits right in. Part teen drama, part entertaining ingenuity, and part heart, The Boyfriend App kept me playing!

Spunky outcast Audrey was easy to like, and as details came to light about how she went from popular best friend of queen bee Blake to geek squad girl, I was in her corner entirely. As if the death of her father wasn't a horrible enough event in her life, she also had to endure the near-constant torture of
The Boyfriend App was fun and cute in most parts. But extremely unrealistic and over top in others.

In many ways it's your typical mean popular girls that pick on geeks and the hot guy kissing the shy girl YA. So lots of the plot was kinda predictable, I didn't really mind that very much. I know it's been done time and time again. But basically I expected it.
What I didn't expect is all the technical talk. While I am a geek girl, I honestly did find it rather disruptive. This is supposed to be a
Sarah Elizabeth
This was a good YA contemporary romance with some computer science thrown in.

I liked Audrey, even though her ideas were a little unethical at times. She did seem pretty clueless when a certain person was flirting with her as well.

The storyline in this book got better as it progressed, and the little twists really livened the story up, and kept things interesting. I did think that some of Audrey’s ideas were a little impractical though!
Audrey was pretty clueless when it came to romance really, so
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 3.25

The Boyfriend App was an alright read.

Audrey was an okay character, but she could be a bit naive at times.

The pacing in this started out quite slow, but it got better as the story progressed. It still never made me love the story, but it was enjoyable enough.

Overall, Not great, but i enjoyed it.
Michelle Wrona
2 years ago, I got an ebook copy of this book, and it was sitting inside my e-reader for the longest time, and then I finally decided to read it. I expected so much better, but what I got was a stupid smartass protagonist who thought that she was the new Steve Jobs and can invent a dumb app about getting a boyfriend. This totally proves on how desperate she was to get a guy. What about her smarts? What about her education? Nope, literally guys were on her mind, all of the time.

Get the app—get
Dark Faerie Tales
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A charming contemporary romance that I really enjoyed. It is filled with adorable romance, fun characters, and lots of drama!

Opening Sentence: It was lunchtime in the social battleground known as Harrison’s upperclassman cafeteria, and I was staring at Aidan Bailey.

The Review:

Audrey McCarthy is a senior at Harrison high school. She was once very popular and confident, but that all changed when her father was killed in a terrible accident. After
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book is what sold me. The synopsis above reads a bit cutesy, but I really liked the idea of a female quirky/ nerdy character designing an app that matched people together. It almost sounds plausible, right? And those parts of The Boyfriend App are GREAT. But I did have some big issues with this book as well.

First the positive. I very much liked the MC Audrey. She is quirky, and loves to hack into complicated computer programs, a skill she learned form her father before he pas
Ashley (Loves Books)
***This review will post to Ashley Loves Books closer to the release date!***

I wanted to love this book so much, guys. It seemed like such a fun concept, and I loved the idea of an app that would match you with your perfect guy/person. I mean, I was also super glad it didn't actually exist when I was in high school because there was already enough drama without that technological enhancement, but in my reading? Love it. Thought it would be fantastic and funny and playful.

I think you can seen an
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The Boyfriend App is a novel in two parts, literally, and while I liked parts of both individually, it never came together as a whole.

Part one revolves around Audrey McCarthy, a straight-A high school senior and hacker who is counting the days until she can put everything behind her and move on to college. Someplace where no one knows about her social fall at the hands of her mean-girl ex-bff, obsession with her lucky rabbit’s foot, or her
Emily Nicholas | Emily The Book Nerd

I picked up The Boyfriend App knowing absolutely nothing about it because of the cute cover. I am all for cheesy young adult novels. However, this book went into an entirely different direction and not for the better. There are many things that bothered me about this novel. It was so utterly infuriating to me that finishing it was painful, to say the least. The novel centers around the main character Audrey, who has never had a real
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