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


Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

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?



Megan Mead is an Army Brat. She grew up moving around the world every few years. Going into her junior year of high school, her parents throw a curve ball at her. She has to either go to Korea with them for two years or live with an old family friend in Boston. The McGowan’s are nice people, but they have one problem, they have 7 BOYS!Megan isn’t very good and talking to boys, nor is she good at sticking up for herself. Wanting to stay in the states for her last two years of high school and playing soccer became more important.

Now she has to learn to talk to boys, live with them, and how to stand up for her self; or, she will end up being the ‘kicker’ of each prank.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I thought it was going to be more about Megan and her relationships with each of the sons, but it actually was more about Megan discovering how to be herself and stand up for that. At the beginning we find out that she has always done everything her parents have asked of her, so for her to actively tell them she was not going to Korea was the first step in her becoming stronger.From the soccer team at the new school, to each of the seven sons she stands up to everyone. It actually is quite empowering. The girl-power in the book is strong, for not having many females in the novel.

Seven brides for Seven brothers. I wonder is Millie and Megan should swap notes.

Favorite things.
1) Megan plays soccer! Totally Kick A!
2) Military parents.
3) Standing up for herself to the mean girl at school.
4) Her texting to her BF Tracy.

Over all it was a decent read. Now do I believe it is worth $9. Not really. Wish it was available on Kindle Unlimited. Picture

Parental Info:  Mild swearing, more children type swearing. There is active sex implied between other teens. Drinking, but the protagonist isn’t participating in it. One of the son’s has Asperger Syndrom. 

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