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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 Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2005)
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Nov 14, 2007 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
Sep 13, 2011 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.

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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
Jul 22, 2012 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,
Sep 12, 2007 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.
Aisha (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
Andrea C. *andreasbookishlife*
Originally 4 stars but changed to 5 stars.

I’m so happy that I finally read this! I’ve wanted to for a while and really enjoyed it! The only issue I had was I didn’t love the ending (I wish there had been more closure) but the story as a whole was great and has definitely been a book that I would like to reread in the future! I would highly reccomend!
Apr 19, 2011 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 brothers 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
Oct 25, 2011 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
May 20, 2014 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, despite them being incredibly flat and stereotypical.
When I might have believed that love was this shallow.
When I might not have wanted to rip the main character's throat out.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for

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
Renee Hess
Apr 29, 2008 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.

Subjects, themes
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?
Mar 05, 2008 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
Jun 16, 2013 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
A very cutesy read but was very unimpressed with the wrap-up/ending.

Growing up with parents in the army, Megan is used to moving from place to place. But when her parents are transferred to Korea she puts her foot down. Her parents allow her to stay in the US to finish high school by placing her in the care of family friends. Family friends who have 7 sons. Yes, 7. Can you even imagine a house with 7 boys? That poor mother. Anyway, high school girl moves in with multiple high school boys, and I
Olivia O'Rourke
Jan 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I read this in France. It was really weird.
Jun 24, 2011 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 blame her fo
Annie Brewer
Apr 05, 2012 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
Dec 29, 2010 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
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
Jessica | Booked J
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Original Rating in 2005: ★★★★★
Reread Rating in 2020: ★★★☆☆

Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can also be found here at Booked J.

Hang on, this book is HOW OLD? I'm in shock. Me vs. the passage of time, round three thousand and forty two. Listen, back in the day, Kate Brian was IT for me. Along with Cecily von Ziegesar and Melissa de la Cruz. I was a STAN and owned (ahem, I still own a lot of their works) pretty much every book I could get my hand on. There's not a single doubt in my mind that I
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Kellie Sheridan
May 26, 2011 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
Nikhat Hetavkar
Oct 02, 2012 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
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: manga-likers/-lovers, pre-teens
Shelves: z-2015, re-read, e-book, 2021
I didn't think it was just okay... but I didn't like it enough that it deserves four stars. Maybe 3.5. It's the first time I'm doing a half-a-star, and it's not exactly sitting right with me.

So I picked up a copy of this book from the library after reading its synopsis. It reminded me completely of a typical manga plot: a girl gets sent to live with a large, all-boy, (handsome) family after she refuses to move to Korea with her parents. (I felt even more on the right track when I read that they
Nicole C
Feb 05, 2013 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
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.
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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
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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. ...more

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