Review: My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Why I chose this book: I noticed this was a book that originated on Wattpad; a website  my co-author Amanda has a popular following on. I know that a few books have become popular on Wattpad and later received publishing deals, so I wanted to see what the hype was about. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publish Date: March 1, 2014
Format: Netgalley ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Buy: B&N || Amazon || Indiebound 

My Life with the Walter Boys centers on the prim, proper, and always perfect Jackie Howard. When her world is turned upside down by tragedy, Jackie must learn to cut loose and be part of a family again.

Jackie does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect grades-the perfect daughter. And then...

Surprise #1: Jackie's family dies in a freak car accident.

Surprise #2: Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters-her new guardians.

Surprise #3: The Walters have twelve sons. (Well, eleven, but Parker acts like a boy anyway)

Now Jackie must trade in her Type A personality and New York City apartment for a Colorado ranch and all the wild Walter boys who come with it. Jackie is surrounded by the enemy-loud, dirty, annoying boys who have no concept of personal space. Okay, several of the oldest guys are flat-out gorgeous. But still annoying. She's not stuck-up or boring-no matter what they say. But proving it is another matter. How can she fit in and move on when she needs to keep her parents' memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect? (Goodreads)
4 Things You Need to Know:

1. Hot boys galore. While the twentysomething in me saw how exhausting it must be to raise twelve boys my inner 17-year-old was eating it up. What teenage girl would turn down living with a house full of hot boys? Apparently Jackie Howard! I loved that the author allowed Jackie to have a clear and level head in the midst of the Walter boy craziness. While the boys try to vie for her affection, she remains true to herself with the slight occasional swooning here and there. 

2. Family, love, and home. When Jackie finds her world uprooted and turned upside down, she feels like a fish out of water in her new Walter-esque surroundings. Despite this, Jackie soon realizes that home is not a place, but the people that she chooses to surround herself with. While the Walters are a crazy and mixed-up family, they provide her the love and support that she needs to face big decisions throughout the novel. 

3. Love can be a fixer-upper. One of my favorite parts of the novel was the character progression of Jackie. When she arrives on the Walter's front porch, she is a stiff girl with a task oriented lifestyle. As the story progresses, Jackie learns to loosen up as the Walters teach her to enjoy life’s surprises. Meanwhile, Jackie in turn teaches the boys that a little organization isn’t horrible after all. (List making and color coated labels make an appearance. I was so happy.)

 4. Get ready for a heavy dose of cheese. I won’t lie. This book is loaded with cheesy moments. Despite this, I loved the cheese, down to the last heart flutter and bated breath. Novak gives us a chick lit story that is heartfelt and wildly romantic, making it desirable to any teen reader. While I am twenty-five with a grown up job, parts of me miss being 17, and Novak reminded me of that. To me, that is a sign of a good book. 

Final Thoughts:

If you are looking for a silly and romantic book that is crawling with cute boys, then this is your book. My Life With the Walter Boys is a quick read that provides you laughter and the occasional swoon from beginning to end. 

I gave this book three stars on Goodreads. 

1 comment:

  1. Not sure I can handle all the cheese, haha. It does sound tempting though =)


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