Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Boyfriend App

The Boyfriend App
by Katie Sise

Two years after Audrey McCarthy's father died in a freak accident on the job, Audrey is barely getting by in the high school social scene.  She's a hacker with a small group of friends and she's on the enemy list of her former BFF.

Now an opportunity comes for a $200k scholarship, if only should could use her amazing programming and hacking skills to come up with the best phone app.

After years of being ignored by guys, while pining after a few, Audrey comes up with the perfect plan: the boyfriend app.  With a few clicks and a few survey questions, girls can get a notification whenever her perfect match is within 100 yards of her.

The first few matches seem perfect, but can she get it to last long enough to make it the most popular app of the contest? 

Final thoughts: The first half of this book is really good.  I enjoyed Audrey and her friends.  The problems come when the author decides she has to go into tons of details about hacking and programming.  It kind of goes on and on.  The second half becomes a mess with mystery, intrigue, and computer espionage.  It gets messy and strange.  Mix in the highly questionable choices about the direction of the app and it's just all weird.

Rating: 3/5

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