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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

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Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Darya
Sep 12, 2011 Darya rated it it was amazing
a great book, i would say thought with a really frusrating and incomplete ending.
Winnie
Mar 31, 2008 Winnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Sita
Oct 04, 2011 Sita rated it liked it
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.



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.

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3) Writing: 4/10. Okay, read
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Ivana
Jul 26, 2012 Ivana rated it really liked it
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,
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Gwennie
Sep 12, 2007 Gwennie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens
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
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Ummm, that's how it ended? It didn't feel like an ending at all.
Stephen
Nov 10, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it
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
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Hannah
First thought after reading this: There BETTER be a sequel!

Second thought after reading this: I love Finn :D

Thoughts after stalking websites doing minor 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
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Sasha DiVaio (seetheworldwithbooks)
What kind of ending is that? Ugh..another stupid heroine who still likes the guy even after he treated her like trash and gave her the cold shoulder. Finn is the right one for you and he's been there all along, Megan. How the hell couldn't you see that? When Evan looked at you with 100 percent intensity like he wanted to kiss you, smack him in the head! He fucking ditched you before and who saved you then? FINN! instead of saying "interesting" when Evan looked at you like he wanted to eat your f ...more
kari
Apr 21, 2011 kari rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2011
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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Anna *hiatus*
Oct 16, 2015 Anna *hiatus* rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys seems like a book I might have liked reading when I was younger.
When I didn't really question slut shaming.
When I might have enjoyed these characters, even in their incredibly flat and stereotypical form.
When I might have believed that love was this shallow.
When I might have not wanted to rip the main character's throat out.
J.Elle
Mar 05, 2008 J.Elle rated it liked it
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
Rachel Lightwood
1.5 stars

I haven’t been thinking about this book since I’ve finished it, which is not like me at all. Most of the time, a book will stick with me for about a week. No matter what I thought about it, little things will remind me of it as I go about in daily life – depending on how impactful the story was (the number four still reminds me of Divergent!) and I’ll muse over certain aspects of the story – reflecting on it, and seeing how my opinion differed reflecting on the story (with a more critic
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Booknut
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?
To
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Olivia O'Rourke
Jan 21, 2015 Olivia O'Rourke rated it did not like it
I read this in France. It was really weird.
Paradoxical
Jun 16, 2013 Paradoxical rated it did not like it
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
Tash
Jun 26, 2011 Tash rated it it was amazing
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
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Annie Brewer
Jan 11, 2014 Annie Brewer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All teen romance lovers
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
Susan
Mar 27, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Omg so cute!!
Jamie
Dec 29, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2008 Renee Hess rated it liked it
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.

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Nicole C
Feb 05, 2013 Nicole C rated it it was amazing
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
Kellie Sheridan
May 26, 2011 Kellie Sheridan rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
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
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Nik
Feb 03, 2013 Nik rated it really liked it
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
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Morgan
Dec 04, 2011 Morgan rated it it was amazing
MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE IS POSSIBLY THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.
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
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Yaz *The Reading Girl*
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
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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
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Leanne Crabtree
3.75 stars.

I like the development the characters went through in this, I just feel like their needs to be another book/short story where we see our main character get the boy.
Aye
Jan 29, 2015 Aye rated it it was amazing
4.5 estrellas

Megan Meade pasó su vida mudándose de lugar en lugar alrededor del mundo debido a la profesión de sus padres -militares. Cada vez que ellos eran trasladados a otra base, Megan debía seguirlos. Pero, luego de tres años viviendo en Texas, Estados Unidos (el tiempo más largo que pasó en un lugar) por fin siente que conoce el significado de hogar. Había pasado 3 grados completos de secundaría en Texas. Pertenece a un equipo de fútbol al que este año pretende llegar a ser capitana, una m
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Kate Brian is the author of the SHADOWLANDS TRILOGY (SHADOWLANDS, HEREAFTER & ENDLESS), as well as the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, and the wildly popular MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS. She also writes teen fiction under the name Kieran Scott.
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“Boys are unpredictable. This maybe not be news, but I'm starting to think it's one of the best things about them.” 135 likes
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