Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

Summary of Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian:

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? (Source:Goodreads)

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


My Review of Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian:

Kate Brian makes a  very likable character in Megan Meade. You immediately feel for her when she is plunged into a household of 7 boys, half of them being around her age. I cracked up a lot in the beginning thinking “what parents would really let their daughter move in with a family of boys, anyway?” but then I got swept up in the drama of the McGowan household and quickly forgot about the fact that the entire plot is fairly ridiculous.

When Megan first arrives, she gets tongue-tied and has a lot of problems with being able to speak up around everyone, especially the oldest of the boys, Evan. As the book progresses, she realizes that she does, in fact, know how to stand up for herself and her character becomes a lot stronger. She also comes to realize that appearances can be deceiving and that she might be paying attention to the wrong brother.

One of my favorite parts of Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys were Megan’s efforts to bond with Miller, who has Asperger’s Syndrome. The way she helped him learn to be more comfortable in social situations was very sweet. She also, without really directly trying, manages to knock some sense into Doug, Miller’s twin brother who had a lot of issues with acting out. Like the family ends up learning, who knew they needed a sister?

My one massive complaint with the book is that the ending is waaaay too abrupt. I mean, when I read a YA novel like this one, I expect to get my happy ending. While I’m not saying that it doesn’t end happy, I am saying it cuts off far too quickly. In fact, that’s exactly what happens: the story seems to just cut off.

Despite that, you do get the gist of how things end with the story, and it is a cute, quick read…so definitely pick Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian up if it seems like your cup of tea!

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Leilani @Leilani Loves Books June 28, 2010, 5:30 am

    This one sounds interesting!
    Ill have to check it out!
    Thanks for the review!!

  • pirate penguin June 28, 2010, 5:53 am

    Your comment about wanting my friends made me laugh 😀

    I LOVE your layout-the blue, the wavyness of it…. Lurve. <3

    I read this book and it's one of my favorites-I agree with everything you said! The ending bothered me with how abrupt it was too. I thought that the look Evan gives Megan was foreshadowing more drama. (although plenty of drama was going on within this story!) Hopefully the author will write a sequel to it…but anyways, awesome review 🙂

  • Jan von Harz June 28, 2010, 10:09 am

    This books sound like it would be a fun read, but I am disappointed that the ending is too abrupt. I really hate when the author doesn't take time with the ending. It reminds me of most of my students writing good beginnings great middle and The End! Great review, thanks.

  • Carrie at In the Hammock Blog June 28, 2010, 3:01 pm

    I read this one awhile ago and thought it was so cute!!

  • ~Niki~ June 28, 2010, 4:06 pm

    sounds interesting! I love YA books 🙂 and this one sure sounds fun to read. I hate movies and books that just cut off like that. It's almost as if the author says "i'm done" and finishes it quickly. Thanks for commenting on my post about Willow, I was feeling kind of bad for posting my negative review, but I wanted others to know about the hype and how I didn't like it LOL.

  • Jen the bibliophile June 29, 2010, 2:51 am

    I have five brothers, so the synopsis caught my eye and made me laugh! Oh to live in a household with that many boys. This sounds fabulous!



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