Sunday, May 15, 2016
My Life with the Walker Boys by Ali Novak
published by: Sourcebooks Fire
publish date: March 1, 2016
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.
For the most part I thought this was a pretty cute YA story. For one that is about a girl coping with her whole family dying. In general, it wasn't much about that. It was kinda like she had done her grieving and that was over. Now, she has to figure out how to live in a house with 11 boys. All the stuff about that was good and cute and it was a really fun read. I liked reading about all the torment they put her through, because it just totally seemed realistic.
There was some romance and that's where I had a little bit of an issue. You move in with a family and you're gonna start dating one of the boys? I understand you aren't related, but you have to live with these people for like the next 2 years. What if it's a messy breakup? What makes it even worse it that this is YA world, so there is a love triangle, a big sloppy triangle. How can you have that when you're all living in the same house? It's like MTV or something.
If you like your YA with a big dose of drama this is the book for you! It was good, it was an interesting story. Apparently it's a series, I'm not sure how that's gonna continue exactly, but I'll probably check out the next book whenever that comes out.