Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian
Published: 10-26-06 by Simon & Schuster
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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 boys will give Megan, who has never even been kissed, the perfect opportunity to learn everything there is to know about boys. And she’ll send all her notes to her best friend, Tracy, in…
Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys
Observation #1: Being an army brat sucks. Except that this is definitely a better alternative to moving to Korea.
Observation #2: Forget evil, laughing, little monsters. These guys have been touched by the Abercrombie gods. They are a blur of toned, suntanned perfection.
Observation #3: I need a lock on my door. STAT.
Observation #4: Three words: six-pack abs.
Observation #5: Do not even get me started on the state of the bathroom. I’m thinking of calling in a hazmat team. Seriously.
Observation #6: These boys know how to make enemies. Big time.
Megan Meade will have to juggle a new school, a new family, a new crush — on the boy next door, as in next bedroom door — and a new life. Will she survive the McGowan boys
Cover Design – Greg Stadnyk Cover Photo – Michael Frost Book Design – Christopher Grassi Rating – 2/5
This cover is really bland to me. It’s like they said well this is a story about a girl and 7 guys, so let’s put a girl and 7 guys on the cover. (There are 3 guys on the back.) First off, the clothes are killing me. The dudes in their baggy jeans and sweaters look like they came out of a 90s sitcom. Home Improvement comes to mind. I understand that Megan has to look like a girl to contrast with the guys, but the Megan in the story does not like skirts, and she definitely does not like pink. The font is a bit too graffiti-like for my taste, but the pink, blue, and white color scheme is pretty nice.
I love the whole premise of this book – a girl moving in with 7 guys who are in no way related to her. This book is honest and genuine. It never feels like an absurd plot that could never happen. I read this book so quickly and I completely loved ever second of it.
- the guys – I liked that all of the guys (besides maybe Ian and Caleb) had clear personalities. I also really loved that the author didn’t hold back as far as guys acting like guys goes. There was some accidental parts-seeing and some very not accidental spying through windows, and there was a parental intervention in an attempt to squash some hormones. Most of the time the brothers stuck together in their attitudes toward Megan, although it was clear that a few of them thought for themselves…and that’s where it got interesting.
- Miller – Miller had an obsession with the Yankees while living in a house full of Red Sox fans, a need to line things up according to height, and an intense shyness around new people due to his Asperger’s syndrome. He was really sweet but Megan was the 1st person to go out of her way to be friends with him at school and to help her classmates make him feel comfortable. I enjoyed reading about their budding friendship.
- Finn – I think my favorite brother has to be Finn. From the second Megan arrived at the McGowan house, Finn was the friendly one. I mean, obviously he was going to take notice of a girl his age living in his house, but he didn’t try to take advantage of the situation like some of the guys. Finn was the genuine one – he wasn’t anti-Megan but he wasn’t sleazing on her either. He became a true friend and confidant to her.
- the situation – Really I just loved the entire situation of Megan living with 7 guys. She’s not a girly-girl and she definitely learned to hold her own in the crazy chaotic McGowan house. The guys were so unpredictable, hard to read, and, as Megan puts it, cliquey. When they weren’t all messing with her stuff or freezing her out, Megan was busy dealing with and figuring out the overly flirty Evan and the antagonistic Doug.
- boys’ ages – I’m still not sure how old some of the McGowan brothers are. It’s stated that Evan’s a high school senior, Finn is a junior like Megan, and the rest is kinda up in the air. I didn’t even realize Doug and Miller were twins until over halfway through the book, and I guess they’re either freshmen or sophomores. Sean has previously attended their high school and is the oldest, so I’m assuming he’s over 18. Ian’s described as being “just like Evan was 7 years ago,” so he’s around 10, and Caleb’s the youngest so he’s younger than 10. I guess it really didn’t matter much, but the uncertainty bothered me while I was reading.
- Korea vs. Boston – Megan’s parents are reassigned to South Korea for 2 years, but Megan instantly decides she wants to stay. The basis of her argument is the expected: my friends are here, I hate moving, what about my soccer team…and she states that she really found a home in Fort Hood. Yeah, that’s right – Fort Hood, Texas. Megan’s choices become move to Korea or move to Boston to live with the McGowans. So, she has to move no matter what, making her entire argument void. Megan’s reasons for choosing Boston and 7 guys over Korea and her parents are never actually given.
- Finn stared at her for a moment and squinted. “Who are you?” Megan laughed. “What?” she said, suddenly self-conscious. She rubbed at a kink in her neck and looked up at him through her lashes. “No, seriously. You’re all hyper and stuff,” Finn said, taking a step closer to her. “Are you having an allergic reaction to something?” – Megan + Finn pg. 113
- “I mean, what’s wrong with you people? Were you all born like this? Because it’s gotta be in your genes. Either that or you’ve all gotten each other in one too many choke holds over the years and you’ve deprived your brains of too much oxygen. Which is it?” – Megan pg. 178