Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review: Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
Published by Simon Pulse
Date Published: October 1, 2006
Boys. 7 of them, to be exact.

Megan is used to moving from place to place -- it's typical for an army brat. But she drew the line at South Korea. She insists on staying in the States to finish her last two years of high school. So her parents made arrangements for Megan to live with their friends, the McGowans...and the McGowans' 7 sons.

Turns out, living with 7 boys might as well be a foreign country! The boys are messy. They are cliquey (who knew?). And worst of all, two of the oldest boys are H-O-T. (A problem considering they are supposed to be Megan's "brothers.") Megan is definitely in enemy territory. She needs to win over the boys' hearts without totally crushing her own.

And when Megan starts falling for one of them, sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning...

What is a girl to do?
So one day I was dangerously wandering around a Half Price Books, not really looking for anything particular and a title caught my eye as good titles usually do: Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys. Intrigued immediately. I pull it down and read the back. It’s about a girl going to live in a house with *7* boys. Seven. Intrigue or not, I whip out my phone and consult my handy dandy Goodreads app. A solid 4 star rating is quite rare indeed. Sold.

A little information about me: I am an only child. A lonely only child from a small family. Siblings in books, movies and life, especially close ones, have always *gotten* me in that way that can’t properly be expressed into words. Something mixed between living vicariously, sentiment and a touch of jealousy. To top that off, I always wanted a brother. So, a story about seven brothers - OMG. I am in heaven at onset.

Megan is also an only child and is, understandably, overwhelmed at this situation, but this little army brat isn’t scared for long. She does something I absolutely adored her for and rightfully got her on my Favorite Heroins list: her relationship with the boys becomes something like Wendy and the Lost Boys. She brings a little grace and understanding into a World of Boy. Like, guys, my little heart of stone melted. To see these drastically different seven hellions be affected in their own way by Megan was basically “movie perfect”.

And then of course there are THE BOYS. First there’s Greek god-like Evan, who is hunky and hot and totally knows it. Finn (FINN!) the quiet, understated and sweet artist. God knows I love those. Doug, the ass to end all asses. And finally Miller, who has Asperger's syndrome, but is kind of awesome in his very unique way. There’s also older and distant Sean and the two ratty runts Ian and Caleb. And then if all this drama wasn’t enough for you, there is SUPER bitchy Queen Bee Hailey. I swear this girl has to win an award for Bitch of the Year. She impressed even me. Sometimes I really hate that I am so anti-spoiler. Because I want to TELL you the AMAZINGNESS, but if I TELL you without all the build up of reading the book it won’t BE amazing! Please, do be thankful for my self-restraint.

So I will say this in regards to the end: HOLY AIDFJSLDKJSLDIGHKLSWJS!!!!!!!!!! *jumps up* *dances* *hugs book a little hard to be considered proper book care* If all of this fangirling doesn’t convince you of how much I loved this book, let me end with this. With the amount of books I’ve been reading this year, I expect life to interrupt me. Work, friends, phone calls, texts, etc and I have to live with it. But I was Little Miss Snippy while reading this book. Like on the lines of “if the world isn’t ending, it can FREAKING WAIT until I finish! Now GO AWAY!”. Seriously. Go read this book. Love it. Love Finn. You will be happy. The end.

-Reviewed by Jennifer


  1. Oh my god. To see this book review pop up on my feed is SUPER FANTASTIC. I've had this book on my shelf for YEARS. It's loved by both my sister and me. Now I want to reread it again. Eeep. So glad to hear that you loved it.

  2. I read this years ago and loved it!

  3. Sounds like a really fun read!  I'm loving the new shoe New I think I'd like this one.

    Magical Urban
    Fantasy Reads


  4. I got this book in mail TODAY.. I traded it for Lovetorn. So this is the next book I am going to review. 

  5. hi, may I know if what was the last sentence in this book? Because I just downloaded mine from internet and I don't know if there's a missing part or that's just the story ended