Thursday, November 30, 2006

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

Megan has always moved around a lot, but this time her living situation has changed even more drastically than usual. When she refused to pack up and move to South Korea with her parents, both in the army, they proposed another option: spending her last two years of high school living in Boston with the McGowans. John McGowan is an old friend of her father's. What makes this so different? The fact that the McGowans have seven sons. Megan is an only child, and can't imagine living with seven boys!

Life with Evan, Sean, Finn, Caleb, Ian, Miller, and Doug McGowan is as foreign to Megan as South Korea would have been. Her best friend from Texas, Tracy, even calls it an immersion experience; Megan will go in clueless and come out speaking the language of boys!

Even if the McGowan boys and Megan are supposed to be siblings, they don't exactly relate that way. After all, they haven't seen each other since they were little kids. Now Megan is in hostile territory; she's not exactly welcomed by each of the nine members of the McGowan family (though Regina, John's wife, is more than thrilled to have another female in the house, taking tomboyish Megan on shopping sprees and to the spa). And then there's the fact that Finn and Evan are, well, HOT. And John and Regina even had a family meeting to tell the kids that they're all siblings now...but siblings don't want to kiss each other.

On top of dealing with the drama of living with the McGowan boys, Megan also has to handle starting over at a new school. She gets off to a good start when she makes the soccer team and even a few new possible friends, but that quickly goes sour when she is targeted by Hailey, Evan's girlfriend who's jealous of Megan's talent on the soccer field and living situation. Can Megan handle Boston and the McGowan boys, or will South Korea turn out the be the easy option?

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys is a fantastically fun book! It's full of great characters; even the minor characters seem three-dimensional. Kate Brian is a talented writer, and this novel is an awesome page-turner. I devoured this book; I read at every spare moment and took less than 24 hours to finish it--on a weekday! Megan's transition from shy to outspoken didn't feel one hundred percent real to me, but that was only a tiny issue; the book was still great. Like Ally Carter's book, it was one that definitely felt like there could be a sequel in the works (which is exciting), but that didn't stop it from being a complete (and completely awesome) story on its own.

Rating: 9.5/10

**This review is also posted on TeensReadToo.com**

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan boys was an amazing story! The characters had intresting personalities. Especially the main three older boys Evan, Doug,Finn and of course Megan! When I read this book I read the whole thing in just one night! I couldn't help it, I just couldn't put it down. Even though it seems like Kate Brian could have written a sequal, I'm sorry to say that she hasen't...yet. But just wait you never know what's around the corner!

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I absolutely L-O-V-E this book. I, too, read it in less then twenty-four hours, twice! It is just so fun to read, how kate Brian is helping herself from making a sequel I can't imagine, it's just so connectable,intrieging, and as I said before AMAZING!

Anonymous said...

I just love Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys
it is an amazing story I wish Kate Brian would write a sequel

nida said...

ohmyghoshh! i love this book i just finished it today, started last nite and i would've finished it last nite but i had to go to sleep but omg it was great! i love how the author goes into alot of detail about the mcgowan boys they sound really really hott xD i wish i could see ther faces on the cover but it only shows their bodies omgee! its driving me crazy i really want to know their names the girl too i loved her character!
and hopefully theres another book after this one maybe about finn&megan...? hopefully :]

Anonymous said...

It was an amazing book!!!!
Luv it. It is like a something almost evry girl wishes 4. And I couldn't put it down. So in a matter of 3 hours I had read it twice. I wonder if there's a sequel

Anonymous said...

I luved this book! living with 7 hot guys seems lik any girls dream come true. i couldnt put it down. i told all my friends about it and they luv it too. I soooo hope there is a sequel.

Anonymous said...

i loved this book i read it under 24 hours because i just couldnt stop from putting it down i just had 2 know wat happened next.and i really hop theres a sequel because i want 2 know wat happens with megan and finn and i wish i could see the faces o the cover because it sounds like evan and finn are really HOT!

Anonymous said...

i luv this book i've read it 2 times and still luv just as much as i did the first time, i've even given it 2 a few friends and they all luv it 2. we think it should be made into a movie, with of-couse all the hotest movie stars that would be so HOT!!!!
and there needs to be a sequal that would rule!!!!

Anonymous said...

The book was awsome!!!
I like how all the boys had different personalities. I also like how the book was so unpredictable, I would of thought that Megan ended kissing Evan, not Finn. The characteras seem so real! You feel like your part of the story!
Kate Brian should so make a sequel or at least a movie based on this book!!!!

Hillary said...

I think that this is an amazing book. i did this story for a book report and i also made a play to go with it. sure it was only like 10 min long but it was cute. I really think that she should write a sequal but yeah you never know what could happen.(my friends and i actually liked this book so much for a little while that we actually called it the bible for a little while) i also really like the private series

Anonymous said...

Wow this was a really good book. At first, I thought it was going to be all chick flick-ish and all, but it turned out that this book was just so amazing. I liked how the boys had their own personalities (Sean-not enough detailed, but seems nice, Evan-Flirty and not aware of anything, Finn- really artistic, but never had the inspiration to continue, Doug- "gangster"ish, Miller- Slow, but very nice and shy, Ian and Caleb- too hard to describe). The book was so good, that I spent nearly two hours reading it intensly.
If they come out with a sequel, that'd be so awesome. But with a movie, I think I'd be excited but a bit disappointed, since the book is through our imagination and not everyone captures that point of view the way we do.
Either way, this had a wonderful plot and it kept me on the tip of my toes.

Anonymous said...

i read this book in 3 hours!!!!!! i was soooo lucky that the name caught my attention in borders, or else i might have missed the chance to read this excellent and thrilling story that kept me on the edge of my seat all night! I LOVE MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

wow. this is the only book in my life that i have read in 2 hours. i could not put the book down. i was so hooked. i wish she would create a sequel. I just the book two day ago and i read it twice so far. I couldn't believe how great it was.

Anonymous said...

amazing book <3

WHERE WAS IT PUBLISHED like the city and state ? please kthx.

lauren said...

This book iz frickin fabulous!!! I just L-O-V-E this book. I think it's very different from anything I've ever read, which is by the way a lot!!! I hope Kate Brian makes a sequel that is to die for!!! Wow I didn't want it to end, but it did and I am sad. I read it in less than 24 hours!!! It was great!!!!! I couldn't put it down!!! I am sorry to say that I am in love with a book!!!

Anonymous said...

I loved this book!
I like how finn and megan got together!
But miller was my favorite character, he was really sweet! him and aimee seem really cute together.
if you loved this book as much as I did then you would enjoy kate brian's private series!

hoku said...

ii love this book. after i fininshed reading it, ii replayed all my favorite moments to my brother who [crazy enough] said it was a good book too. i pray for a sequel it ended too soon and ii wanted to know more.<3

Anonymous said...

This book was so amazing!!!!! I could not stop reading it!!!! Kate Brian realllllllllly needs to write a second one!!! Omigosh.... I loved this book sooo much! lol :D

Anonymous said...

i have read this book literally 13 times i need a sequel sooooooo damn bad!!!!! i need to know whats happening next! find me on facebook if u know anything about a sequel coming out or how to sugest it to kate brian herself!!!
(under molly robinson)

Anonymous said...

i love this book i think it should have a 2 part to it bcause i really want 2know what happened between megan and finn

Anonymous said...

this book is amazing.
i really could not put it down..my mom seriously had to punish me because i was reading instead of doing chores :)
this is my favorite book out there by far, and i hope she writes another one about megan and finn :)
i would buy it.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS BOOK AND IF ANYONE CAN CONTACT KATE BRIAN TELL HER TO MAKE A SEQUAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AHHH I LOVE THIS BOOK

Anonymous said...

This is the best book that I have EVER read! I finished it yesterday and am trying to find more books similar to it since there isn't a sequel. wow. I really wish my life was like Megan's...

Anonymous said...

this book was AWSOME!!! hopefully there will be a sequal!! i would love to have Megan's life!1

Anonymous said...

This book was so good!!!!! It's perfect for any teenage girl! I love the characters and it makes me so excited for high school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

oh mi god!BEST BOOK EVER! So good! i love the boys!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

THis was the like the best book its my favorite now. i also read it in less then 24 hours it was more like 6 but it was SO good. i there to be a second one!!!

Anonymous said...

I really hope that they either have a sequel or they make a movie because i seriously loved this book. It never gets old. Especially Finn, he is the best brother.

WallNUT4LiFE said...

this book was amazing! couldn't keep my nose out of it!
definitely should be made into a movie :)

Leslie said...

Wow! This was an amazing book! Just read it in one sitting. The thing that makes this such an addicting read is because you're constantly being faked out. Who's she going to end up with? Initially, you would think, "Oh she's going with that guy!" but then you get faked out, "Oh maybe with that other guy?" It could have used a little bit more on the romance department but then that would have totally given it away. Nice heroine too. She didn't irritate me at all with psychobabble that just didn't make any sense. Love the story too, complex with out being a soap opera.

Anonymous said...

I LOVED THIS BOOK! It had a great combination of romance, adventure, and cattiness.
It was great. I finished it in two days. i couldnt put it down!

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Justice! said...

I, too can't wait to see if there's a sequel! (HOPEFULLY) I read it in less then twenty-four hours!!! i REALLY hope that kate brian reads these comments and makes a second! I just fell in LOVE with the characters!!

Anonymous said...

I'm seriously thinking sbout reading this book since everyone seems to love it sooo much! Should I?