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

Title: Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys
Author: Kate Brian
Genre: YA; Contemporary
Pages: Paperback, 268
Publication: October 2006

Synopsis: 
When she was nine, Megan Meade met a group of terrible, mean, Popsicle-goo-covered boys, the sons of her father’s friend — the McGowan boys. Now, seven years later, Megan’s army doctor parents are shipping off to Korea and Megan is being sent to live with the little monsters, who are older now and quite different than she remembered them.

Living in a house with seven boys will give Megan, who has never even been kissed, the perfect opportunity to learn everything there is to know about boys. And she’ll send all her notes to her best friend, Tracy, in…
Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

Observation #1: Being an army brat sucks. Except that this is definitely a better alternative to moving to Korea.

Observation #2: Forget evil, laughing, little monsters. These guys have been touched by the Abercrombie gods. They are a blur of toned, suntanned perfection.
Observation #3: I need a lock on my door. STAT.
Observation #4: Three words: six-pack abs.
Observation #5: Do not even get me started on the state of the bathroom. I’m thinking of calling in a hazmat team. Seriously.
Observation #6: These boys know how to make enemies. Big time.
Megan Meade will have to juggle a new school, a new family, a new crush — on the boy next door, as in next bedroom door — and a new life. Will she survive the McGowan boys?
I went into this book without any expectations. I hadn’t read any books like this in a while, and I had read a lot of mixed reviews about the book. The cover wasn’t anything special, but the synopsis caught my attention. It sounded like a really cute and fun story. 

But this book really surprised me. It was more than just a fun story about a girl in a boy’s world. I related to the main character, Megan. Her story was real, her problems, her situations, her thoughts. She was just a very real character. She was flawed, but in a good way. She made mistakes, but it was any kind of mistakes that all teenagers make in their lives.

I loved the romance in this book. It was sweet and cute and even angsty at times (especially with Evan). Both Evan and Finn had phenomenal chemistry with Megan, and that’s what made it so great. It may have been predictable, but it was still really good. I loved how the ending of this book was very open-ended. As a reader, you have the room what happens to the characters after we leave them. It made me think about this book more after I had read it after I had put it down.

The writing left something to be desired. It was very… simple. Although it was a young adult book, it read very much like a middle grade one. It was a very easy read, and the writing wasn’t exactly the best. However, the characters were completely opposite. They weren’t simple. They could be complex when they needed to be. And they were very good characters. I loved all the McGowan boys soooooooooo much (like seriously. Where can I get one?)

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys is more than a cute romance. It’s a story that all teenagers and young adults can relate to, and that’s why I loved this story so much. It was fun, serious, sweet, romantic, and very very good. I would definitely recommend it.
4 out of 5 stars
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