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Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys

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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 boy

Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published October 1st 2005)
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a great book, i would say thought with a really frusrating and incomplete ending.
"There were purple marks all over the front of her favorite white t-shirt. She picked it up and unfolded it. Drawn right on the front were two huge circles each with a dot in it's center. Breasts."
One day you're living alone with parents, next thing you know, out pop the seven dwarfs. Megan is staying with seven brothers for two years, until her parents come back from South Korea. The last time she's seen them, they were eating dirt out of the backyard. Now they've turned into Abercrombie gods...more
Sita Sargeant
A list... Because I am in a listy mood.

1) Plot in a sentence: Megan’s parents get a job overseas, she refuses to go, they let her stay with the McGowan’s, the McGowan’s are a family of 9, no girls (except the mom) all boys, Megan makes friends (and more than friends) and has an interesting experience altogether. Boy, that was a long sentence.

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2) What I thought of the plot: 8/10. I thought it was an interesting idea, and in the end, I do think the author pulled it off.


3) Writing: 4/1...more
This is a total girl fantasy novel. Take a girl, make her a bright, shy, athletic type, and have her live in a house with 7 boys (not relatives) who have "been blessed by the Abercrombie Gods." Since she has to live there with these family friends while her parents are posted to S. Korea (career Army), Megan decides to make the best of it, and begins sending all her findings about the strange world of boys she now inhabits. Over the course of the first couple of weeks in her new home, she learns...more
OMG.This book was fun to read. Megan is stupid though so that kinda put a damper on things.
The McGowan boys (all 7 of them) kinda made up for her stupidity and ignorance though.
I have a question. Why do all heroines have to be stupid and ignorant. Especially when it concerns boys. Megan only figured out that Finn liked her when he was friggin' sucking her face! I figured it out when he ditched his date to pick her up. He arrived in 8 minutes! Can you say obvious? Then he quits drawing his crush,...more
Nov 10, 2011 Stephen rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Teen girls, those whose inner child may once have been a teen girl
Recommended to Stephen by: My inner child
I was in the mood for a light rom/com style book and this one fit the bill nicely. The plotline initially caught my attention because it reminded me of those 70's movies about large catholic families (Your, Mine and Ours, With Six you get Eggroll, etc)

In this case only child, Megan Meade is an army brat who's lived around the globe with her military parents but Korea is just "One Bridge Too Far." She rebels and her parents agree to let her stay in the States if she'll stay with friends of her f...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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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...more
First thought after reading this: There BETTER be a sequel!

Second thought after reading this: I love Finn :D

Thoughts after stalking websites doing miner research to see if there is a sequel: THERE IS NO SEQUEL *sobs*

I love this book for so many reasons: It made me smile, laugh and fall in love with the storyline and all the characters.
It's safe to say that I liked Finn more than Evan but don't you think it was kind of an open ended book... possibly room for a sequel? Well I did, though I am know...more
Apr 21, 2011 kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, ya
First things first.
Something that really bothered me was that Finn’s comment on his brother, Miller, who has Asperger’s, a form of autism, was just wrong. Here it is: “And there’s nothing you can say about it because he’s sick, you know?” (page 189)
Now, Finn and his brother’s have grown up with Miller and they would all KNOW that Asperger’s/Autism isn’t an illness. I would think their parents would have drilled that into the heads, that their brother is different, not sick. I was disturbed that
That book was awesome. A typical, yet interesting teenage story. I was just glad she didn't end up with (view spoiler), becouse he was so so so annoying in the book. But Finn, uh oh ah :D I loved Finn! Soo, this was really funny story and I loved reading it :))
Oh my... <3 <3 <3

I was searching for a non-series book to read and I found this one. When I finished this one, I was craaving for a seqeal! By the last pages all I can think of was "No, no, no. this can't be it!". I'm so frustrated right now. *sigh* The book is great as well as the characters. But the ending is really asdfghjkl;! Haha.

I liked Megan's character, she's not girly but she's not boyish. SHE PLAY'S SOCCER! Haha. She made a big impact on the boys lives. In some parts, they bla...more
I liked this. While it was predicatable, it was still interesting and more importantly, it didn't try to be something other than an entertaining book about raging high school hormones and the usual "does he or doesn't he like me" teenage drama. Teenage girl goes to live with her parent's close friends to finish her last two years of high school rather than move again with her military parents and finds herself living with five hot boys that she is supposed to treat like brothers... Like I said,...more
Annie Brewer
I totally loved this book!! So much fun and great moments. Living with 7 boys has got to be so overwhelming. But Megan was awesome! She definitely changed the McGowan household for the better. And who wouldn't wanna live with 2 of the hot older brothers? Even though one was kind of a jerk at times. But I still liked him. But the ending was so great! I didn't expect a certain someone to change his ways, but it was really great of him. But again, it was thanks to Megan for standing up for herself...more
Kellie Sheridan
I’ve been meaning to read this one for awhile now because the concept just sounded like way too much fun. Being thrown from the world of an only child to living with seven boys ranging in ages from toddler to practically adult. What’s not to love? Well, the chaos for one and all those crazy boy antics, but overall a very fun situation that made for a very fun book.

Megan’s character was very relate-able. She’s shy, athletic and a decent person. Someone I could definitely be friends with. The othe...more
I seriously think Megan Meade's is a must read. I read this book in one night. It was impossible to put down! i love megan's realness in the situation of living with 7 boys. I mean, you are not always perfect. we all know that. She gets embarrased, gets angry, and is herself throughout the whole book. Though i really hate that she wasted her time on hot, flirty Evan when sweet, artistic, irresistable Finn. Doug i imagine as a little...more
I went to Borders on Monday night hoping to find a fluffy chick-lit because I've been reading too much paranormal books. I searched each bookcase then I found a semi-beat up copy of Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys. At first, I was hesitant to purchase it because of the cover and was completely unsure if it will satisfy my dire need for a girly book. However, I went ahead and purchased it without any high expectations. Boy was I completely wrong. The story kept me up all night; I couldn't...more
Renee Hess
Title: Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys
Author: Kate Brian
Year: 2005
Publisher: Simnon Pulse
# of pages: 267
Genre: Non-fiction
Interest Level: ages 11 and up
Potential Hot Lava:
sex, drinking, cursing, vandalism, and fighting

General Response:
I generally liked this book. It took me reading about fifty pages before I became interested in the story line, but overall I felt that this book tryly demonstrated how life really is for a sixteen year old girl and her struggles with boys.

Subjects, themes...more
Princess Nicole
I thought the book was amazing! It was like your typical american teenage story but it's not. I don't know what I'm saying. I couldn't even put the book down. I loved the characteristics of each characters in the book. Especially Finn! I didn't really notice him much, but he really stood out later then. I love how strong Megan is and how she dealt with her problems in a mature way. I can see her development without her parents by her side and how she could now stand up for herself independently....more
Cute,funny and charming. it's like the staple food for a romcom hungry heart.

Megan Meade, an army brat, is given two choices-either leave with her parents to Korea or move in with their family friends the McGowans,the only problem is that Megan who has yet to have a proper conversation with a guy will have to live with seven of their species! Leaving behind her best friend Tracy, her soccer team and her long-time crush, Megan arrives in the world of the McGowan boys, a new school and a whole lo...more
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
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. When she refuses there is no other option than to send her to live with the little monsters she once knew. But when she goes they are quite different than she remembered them.
Life with Evan, Sean, Finn, Caleb, Ian, Miller, and Doug McGowan is really different to her. Her best fri...more
Rachel Harris
I absolutely adored this book. So much that I didn't want it to end and kept flipping pages, knowing there had to be more. Right? I mean, I have to know more about what happens now with flirtatious, gorgeous Evan, and soulful, artful, beautiful Finn. And Doug and Miller, I felt like I was just beginning to understand their characters and....and....and, yeah, I kinda got emotionally connected to this book. To Megan and her journey. I laughed a lot, smiled even more, and even cried a bit.

This was...more
It wasn't like I was expecting anything outstanding or even anything more than some mindless fluff read, but Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys was almost painful to get through. You have a girl who's staying in a house full of seven boys and there's the drama of a new school, impending crushes, and the obligatory mean girl who is out to destroy our heroine. While I would like to think I went into reading this book with eyes wide open (shallow, I was expecting shallow, shallow fun), I just...more
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I've been seeing this around, and finally decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. It was a quick and easy read, and thoroughly enjoyable. Although it was a quick read, and fairly predictable, it was a good chic-lit that I haven't the recent time to indulge in one.

Megan was a strong character, and it was obvious how she grew from a shy tom-boy who's afraid to talk to real boys, into a girl who's proud of who she is, and who can finally stand...more
Why I picked it up: I thought the idea of a teenage girl and only child suddenly living with a family of 7 boys was interesting.

High School junior Megan has 2 parents in the military so she’s used to moving a lot. But when her parents are assigned to South Korea, Megan refuses to go. Her parents agree to let her stay in the US with a friend of her father’s. Only thing is, he has seven sons. Megan remembers them all as popsicle-covered sticky kids, because that’s the last time she saw the McGowa...more
It's like 'How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days' - but cuter, with SEVEN times the trouble, pranks, heartbreak and laughs!

'TooDamn-Funky: It's a start, ok. Been thinking bout the boyz. 'member last year my bro did that immersion thing in Venezuela?
Kciker5525: Where he learned to speak Spanish???
TooDamn-Funky: Yeah! u go for 2 weeks talk nothing but Spanish u come back fluent.
Kicker5535: ...????
TooDamn-Funky: Well this is like a guy immersion program!
Kicker5525: So...what. I'm going 2 b fluent in GUY?
The McGowan brothers are really fucked up!
What the hell is wrong with them?!?!
Evan is certainly a hottie but.. God, he's just a stupid jerk, so full of himself!
Doug was a jerk too and mostly trying to be hateful most times, though in the end he appeared to be the smartest one and even funny, and made amends.
Miller was a bit weird and scary with his autism and all, especially in the biginning, but afterwards he mostly was cute and calmer than the other brothers (which is saying a lot, seeing tha...more
So far this is the book I often come back to when I want a good read without tormenting my mind.
It doesn't have an original plot, and doesn't need one. It's written for teenage girls who want to dream, to have a good time reading a nice and sweet story.

The characters aren't difficult to follow, their reactions are quite predictable and so are their thoughts, but again you don't read this book if you do want to be surprised. There isn't any false promise either with its cover or summary. You kno...more
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Actual rating: 3.5

Megan Meade has a choice to make: Get shipped off to Korea or stay with the McGowan family, which means living in the same house with the McGowan boys, the same boys who lassoed her upside down on a tree when she was nine. She chooses the latter, thinking she could live with them and learn more about the unusual species that are boys, only to discover that it may not be as easy as she thought it would be.

I guess Megan was an okay main character. She can do/say some pretty dumb...more
Anne Osterlund
Megan is an army brat. She is used to living here, there, and everywhere; but when her parents announce yet another move—to South Korea—on the eve of her junior year, Megan balks. Not now. Not when she’s found a real best friend and is on the championship soccer team. She needs another option.

So her parents present . . .

Option B: Moving in with the McGowan family.

Translation: Spending a year with seven—yes, seven—boys. Seven boys who don’t know the meaning of boundaries, the concept of privacy,...more
Your Average Bookworms
The plot is interesting. About a girl that has to live with 7 boys because her parents was shipped to South Korea, and so, she has to learn to bond with these 7 boys.
Megan's character is fun, and caring, and she is determined. Very determined. She's always trying her best to find something that will help her be closer to these boys, but sometimes, you might be annoyed with her determination... if that makes sense. Her bonding, with Evan especially, causes the most trouble. But she doesn't reali...more
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Kate Brian is the prolific author of many books for teens including the Private series, the new Privilege series, and Sweet 16. She lives with her husband in New Jersey. She writes under the pseudonym Kate Brian, instead of using her real name: Kieran Scott.
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