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In order to stay in the states instead of leaving with her military lifer parents to go to South Korea, Megan Meade (also affectionately called Kicker) agrees to stay with family friends, Mr. and Mrs. McGowan&and their 7 boys! Sick of moving around all her life and never truly being able to settle down and make lasting friendships, Megan will now spend two years in Boston with the McGowansbut will it be boy heaven or just an ugly nightmare? Packing her things, Megan must leave behind everything in Texasfriends, her home, and her biggest shot to be team captain of the schools soccer team.

Upon arrival, Megan meets the boysfrom Mr. Hot and Popular Evan, to gangsta Doug, to artsy Finn and all the other boys. Although not all the boys are welcoming, at least Evan helps Megan carry her luggage and Mrs. McGowan, Regina, is extremely happy to have a girl companion. Regina promptly sets up a shopping date and buys heaps of cosmetics, new clothes, and school supplies for Megan (as she was unaware that Megan is a bit of a tomboy and is not one to wear make-up) Predictably, Megan falls for Evan and all his hotness, but is crushed to find that he already has a girlfriendpretty Hailey, also one of the best soccer players in the school. Although Megan makes some new friends, its obvious that other girls are jealous of her staying with the hot McGowan boys. Megan, on the other hand, doesnt feel so luckysome of the boys can be extremely rude and obnoxious! To think that she will have to put up with this for two years!

As a new life begins to unfold for Megan (and the McGowan family), getting to know some of the boys better hasnt been all that bad. Finn is an aspiring artist that enjoys to paint, Evan is&well, a boy that isnt always quite as well spoken or calm as hes thought to be, and Sean, who was mostly quiet and hid himself away has finally come out a bit more to talk and take part. Getting to know all the boys isnt that great thoughDougs attitude towards Megan does not change, even when she helps him out of a tight spot. Doug is still his usual, rude, slime ball-self, gangsta act and all. Megan also begins to try to get Miller, one of the boys that has Aspergers Syndrome (a type of Autism) to open up and talk a bit more. Often reciting much of what he knows about the Yankees, Miller now makes conversations with other people&even a certain girl at school! Megan begins to put together a book about the things shes learned about boys through the McGowans, and sends it off to her old friend back in Texaseverything from their behavior patterns and their soft spots!

After seeing Megans rivaling skill on the soccer field, and Evans offers to drive her home as well, jealous and suspicious Hailey tries to make Megans life miserable. As if Megan wasnt handling enoughdealing with some of the younger McGowans boys antics and trying to fit into a new school can sure be tough! However, some of the other soccer girls support Megan, knowing how snotty and rude Hailey is. With her newfound friends, Megan is starting to look up a bit more. She now has friends to sit with at lunch (who, by the way, all think shes the luckiest girl alive, shacking with the cute McGowan boys) and is invited to a party thrown by a member of the boys soccer team.

Action, harsh words, drama, and a big scandal all take stage during the party! After bad assumptions and bad timing, the rumors begin to fly thick just a day after! Doug slept with Hailey, Evans girlfriend because Hailey walked in on Megan and Evan talking in a room! When the word spreads, strengthened by Hailey's lies, even Megans friends turn against her! Even Evan eventually takes Haileys side, even though she did it with Doug! Can Megan be a little more confident and assertive to get the truth out and get her friends back?

Things take an unexpected turn when Mr. and Mrs. McGowan suddenly clamp down hard, enforcing rules and a curfew and making sure that Megan is treated like a sister in the house. Things dont get any better when Megan falls for a different McGowan brother. But now, with stricter parents and rules, even the other boys dislike Megan! There is only one thing Megan wants to do and will doshe calls up her parents and tells them that she wishes to join them in South Korea. But can Megan spread the truth to save her reputation before leaving? Can Megan really walk away from it all? Will she realize all that she has done for the boys and they for her?

Kate Brians novel is an enjoyable, quick read, but readers may find it a bit predictable in several places. The plot is not completely unique in some aspects, but it deserves a 3.5-4 stars out of five. Readers who enjoyed Kate Brians other novels (such as The Princess and the Pauper) may want to check this well expressed novel out as well! Girls may find that Megans guide about the boys can be pretty true in real life!
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7 Boys + 1 Girl = Luck or Trouble?

In order to stay in the states instead of leaving with her military lifer parents to go to South Korea, Megan Meade (also affectionately called Kicker) agrees to stay with family friends, Mr. and Mrs. McGowan&and their 7 boys! Sick of moving around all her life and never truly being able to settle down and make lasting friendships, Megan will now spend two years in Boston with the McGowansbut will it be boy heaven or just an ugly nightmare? Packing her things, Megan must leave behind everything in Texasfriends, her home, and her biggest shot to be team captain of the schools soccer team.

Upon arrival, Megan meets the boysfrom Mr. Hot and Popular Evan, to gangsta Doug, to artsy Finn and all the other boys. Although not all the boys are welcoming, at least Evan helps Megan carry her luggage and Mrs. McGowan, Regina, is extremely happy to have a girl companion. Regina promptly sets up a shopping date and buys heaps of cosmetics, new clothes, and school supplies for Megan (as she was unaware that Megan is a bit of a tomboy and is not one to wear make-up) Predictably, Megan falls for Evan and all his hotness, but is crushed to find that he already has a girlfriendpretty Hailey, also one of the best soccer players in the school. Although Megan makes some new friends, its obvious that other girls are jealous of her staying with the hot McGowan boys. Megan, on the other hand, doesnt feel so luckysome of the boys can be extremely rude and obnoxious! To think that she will have to put up with this for two years!

As a new life begins to unfold for Megan (and the McGowan family), getting to know some of the boys better hasnt been all that bad. Finn is an aspiring artist that enjoys to paint, Evan is&well, a boy that isnt always quite as well spoken or calm as hes thought to be, and Sean, who was mostly quiet and hid himself away has finally come out a bit more to talk and take part. Getting to know all the boys isnt that great thoughDougs attitude towards Megan does not change, even when she helps him out of a tight spot. Doug is still his usual, rude, slime ball-self, gangsta act and all. Megan also begins to try to get Miller, one of the boys that has Aspergers Syndrome (a type of Autism) to open up and talk a bit more. Often reciting much of what he knows about the Yankees, Miller now makes conversations with other people&even a certain girl at school! Megan begins to put together a book about the things shes learned about boys through the McGowans, and sends it off to her old friend back in Texaseverything from their behavior patterns and their soft spots!

After seeing Megans rivaling skill on the soccer field, and Evans offers to drive her home as well, jealous and suspicious Hailey tries to make Megans life miserable. As if Megan wasnt handling enoughdealing with some of the younger McGowans boys antics and trying to fit into a new school can sure be tough! However, some of the other soccer girls support Megan, knowing how snotty and rude Hailey is. With her newfound friends, Megan is starting to look up a bit more. She now has friends to sit with at lunch (who, by the way, all think shes the luckiest girl alive, shacking with the cute McGowan boys) and is invited to a party thrown by a member of the boys soccer team.

Action, harsh words, drama, and a big scandal all take stage during the party! After bad assumptions and bad timing, the rumors begin to fly thick just a day after! Doug slept with Hailey, Evans girlfriend because Hailey walked in on Megan and Evan talking in a room! When the word spreads, strengthened by Hailey's lies, even Megans friends turn against her! Even Evan eventually takes Haileys side, even though she did it with Doug! Can Megan be a little more confident and assertive to get the truth out and get her friends back?

Things take an unexpected turn when Mr. and Mrs. McGowan suddenly clamp down hard, enforcing rules and a curfew and making sure that Megan is treated like a sister in the house. Things dont get any better when Megan falls for a different McGowan brother. But now, with stricter parents and rules, even the other boys dislike Megan! There is only one thing Megan wants to do and will doshe calls up her parents and tells them that she wishes to join them in South Korea. But can Megan spread the truth to save her reputation before leaving? Can Megan really walk away from it all? Will she realize all that she has done for the boys and they for her?

Kate Brians novel is an enjoyable, quick read, but readers may find it a bit predictable in several places. The plot is not completely unique in some aspects, but it deserves a 3.5-4 stars out of five. Readers who enjoyed Kate Brians other novels (such as The Princess and the Pauper) may want to check this well expressed novel out as well! Girls may find that Megans guide about the boys can be pretty true in real life!

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I really liked this book and as the premise of it sounded very interesting I decided to give it a read. I'm glad I did. The book didn't end the way I expected it to which was good in a way and all the brothers had interesting personalities that made the book better.
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Humaira Reviewed by Humaira February 22, 2013
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Liked it

I really liked this book and as the premise of it sounded very interesting I decided to give it a read. I'm glad I did. The book didn't end the way I expected it to which was good in a way and all the brothers had interesting personalities that made the book better.

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Interesting interaction between characters and an unexpected ending.
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Reader reviewed by Daisy



         Megan
Meade is tired of moving and when her parents announce they're going to move
again--to
South
Korea
-- who
could blame her for drawing the line. Megan is determined to stay in the States
for the rest of high school. Reluctantly, her parents agree... under one
condition. She'll go live with the McGowan
and the McGowans 7 sons. Who knew the sons would turn
out to be smokin' hot?!



         Not
Megan. But living with 7 gorgeous boys is not what it's cracked up to be and
seven boys attract a lot of drama. Jealous girlfriends, parties, and the Boston
Red Socks! Kate Brian has created a wonderfully written story telling a
teenager girl's crusade to finding how boys tick, surviving high school, and
trying not to get her heart broken in the process.

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a reader Reviewed by a reader March 10, 2010
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That's a lot of boys.

Reader reviewed by Daisy



         Megan
Meade is tired of moving and when her parents announce they're going to move
again--to
South
Korea
-- who
could blame her for drawing the line. Megan is determined to stay in the States
for the rest of high school. Reluctantly, her parents agree... under one
condition. She'll go live with the McGowan
and the McGowans 7 sons. Who knew the sons would turn
out to be smokin' hot?!



         Not
Megan. But living with 7 gorgeous boys is not what it's cracked up to be and
seven boys attract a lot of drama. Jealous girlfriends, parties, and the Boston
Red Socks! Kate Brian has created a wonderfully written story telling a
teenager girl's crusade to finding how boys tick, surviving high school, and
trying not to get her heart broken in the process.

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Reader reviewed by Brittany

I just started reading the book yesterday and i am already finished it. when I first read the book i was thinking to myself " this is so not going to be good at all." but by me thinking that i totally was wrong about that book i mean this megan girl really likes evan McGowan. she thinks he is hot and a abocrombie god. but later on in the book she finds out that he is dating hailey the center forward on the schools soccer team.  how she finds this out is that evan was outside the school after practice was over and she thought that he was there for her but when she seen hailey run for him and kiss him her heart was ripped out of her chest. i found the book really amazing because a similar thing happen to me and i mean when i found out he was dating a girl on our flag football team my heart was like megans ripped out of my chest then stomped on. i later found out that he was ajerk anyway and that i like soon liked some one else in his family but still kinda liked him at the same time. High school these days are so hard and so stressful. no girl needs a guy like Evan McGowan or his brother Doug.
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a reader Reviewed by a reader January 05, 2010
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Holy S***

Reader reviewed by Brittany

I just started reading the book yesterday and i am already finished it. when I first read the book i was thinking to myself " this is so not going to be good at all." but by me thinking that i totally was wrong about that book i mean this megan girl really likes evan McGowan. she thinks he is hot and a abocrombie god. but later on in the book she finds out that he is dating hailey the center forward on the schools soccer team.  how she finds this out is that evan was outside the school after practice was over and she thought that he was there for her but when she seen hailey run for him and kiss him her heart was ripped out of her chest. i found the book really amazing because a similar thing happen to me and i mean when i found out he was dating a girl on our flag football team my heart was like megans ripped out of my chest then stomped on. i later found out that he was ajerk anyway and that i like soon liked some one else in his family but still kinda liked him at the same time. High school these days are so hard and so stressful. no girl needs a guy like Evan McGowan or his brother Doug.

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Reader reviewed by katherine

This was a great book.
It's about a girl, Megan Meade, who goes to live with her parents friends and their seven sons. Megan finds herself in a major challenge. She has to prove to everyone in the house that she can get along with them. The ending isn't really what i thought it would be, but it was still a good book. I recommend you read this book.


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a reader Reviewed by a reader October 09, 2009
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good book

Reader reviewed by katherine

This was a great book.
It's about a girl, Megan Meade, who goes to live with her parents friends and their seven sons. Megan finds herself in a major challenge. She has to prove to everyone in the house that she can get along with them. The ending isn't really what i thought it would be, but it was still a good book. I recommend you read this book.


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Reader reviewed by Andrea

All you girls out there imagine having to live with family friends who happen to have seven cute boys,NOW THAT'S A CHALLENGE! With parents in the military now being station overseas once more, their daughter Megan Meade only option to stay behind is to accept this challenge. She kicks butt on the soccer flied but can she kick it living with a bunch of boys who each have something to say about her moving in with them............ READ TO FIND OUT MORE

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a reader Reviewed by a reader September 07, 2009
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Not just one boy but seven

Reader reviewed by Andrea

All you girls out there imagine having to live with family friends who happen to have seven cute boys,NOW THAT'S A CHALLENGE! With parents in the military now being station overseas once more, their daughter Megan Meade only option to stay behind is to accept this challenge. She kicks butt on the soccer flied but can she kick it living with a bunch of boys who each have something to say about her moving in with them............ READ TO FIND OUT MORE

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Reader reviewed by Holly

The book Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan is about a girl who moves in with a family friend when her parents are reloated, they are in the army, and this family has 7 sons! Megan expects that it will be bad but what she doesn't expect is that 2 of the sons are hot! This book is sooooooo funny and the guys are cute, what more can you ask for! Aweosome book, you should read it!


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a reader Reviewed by a reader August 10, 2009
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Hilarious and Cute!

Reader reviewed by Holly

The book Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan is about a girl who moves in with a family friend when her parents are reloated, they are in the army, and this family has 7 sons! Megan expects that it will be bad but what she doesn't expect is that 2 of the sons are hot! This book is sooooooo funny and the guys are cute, what more can you ask for! Aweosome book, you should read it!


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Reader reviewed by Amy Ward

Just finished reading the book Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian. Megan Meade is an Army brat who is used to moving to a new place at a moment's notice. She has been settled in Texas now for a few years and has a good life going. This is when her parents drop a bomb. . . they are being transferred to Korea! Megan is not about to move again and miss her whole high school soccer career. Instead, she opts to move to Massachusetts with old family friends. The only problem? They have seven boys! Megan decides to write a guide to the brothers ( and boys in general) based on her experiences. Will Megan survive living in a house of men? Or will she run screaming to Korea?

The book was easy to read and very entertaining! The story, for my taste, was a little high on the drama. But it was entertaining drama. I absolutely didn't want to put the book down, but I have to work sometime ! The pace moved along rapidly and I couldn't believe that all that drama took place in two weeks time! I was able to overlook it though and really root for Megan! Throughout most of the book, she gets a raw deal! But she learns to stand up for herself, which was really satisfying! I absolutely loved Megan's guide entries at the end of each chapter. Absolutely hilarious and right on the mark! The ending kind of disappointed me. It leaves you hanging a little! I am now hoping for a sequel to tie up some of the questions raised. Overall, it's a good example of chick lit done right!
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a reader Reviewed by a reader July 29, 2009
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Light Read

Reader reviewed by Amy Ward

Just finished reading the book Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian. Megan Meade is an Army brat who is used to moving to a new place at a moment's notice. She has been settled in Texas now for a few years and has a good life going. This is when her parents drop a bomb. . . they are being transferred to Korea! Megan is not about to move again and miss her whole high school soccer career. Instead, she opts to move to Massachusetts with old family friends. The only problem? They have seven boys! Megan decides to write a guide to the brothers ( and boys in general) based on her experiences. Will Megan survive living in a house of men? Or will she run screaming to Korea?

The book was easy to read and very entertaining! The story, for my taste, was a little high on the drama. But it was entertaining drama. I absolutely didn't want to put the book down, but I have to work sometime ! The pace moved along rapidly and I couldn't believe that all that drama took place in two weeks time! I was able to overlook it though and really root for Megan! Throughout most of the book, she gets a raw deal! But she learns to stand up for herself, which was really satisfying! I absolutely loved Megan's guide entries at the end of each chapter. Absolutely hilarious and right on the mark! The ending kind of disappointed me. It leaves you hanging a little! I am now hoping for a sequel to tie up some of the questions raised. Overall, it's a good example of chick lit done right!

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Reader reviewed by lissy

well this to me was an amazing boook. i love all the drama and the boy stuff that goes on. it was one of my fav. books well probablly my favorite. KATE BRIAN i love you you are an amazing author. i loved all ur books including the private series. cnt wait to read any new ones when they come out. but any way so yeah i think tht was a really good book and i recommend it to all girls with bully problems or anything like tht!
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a reader Reviewed by a reader April 15, 2009
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amazing book!

Reader reviewed by lissy

well this to me was an amazing boook. i love all the drama and the boy stuff that goes on. it was one of my fav. books well probablly my favorite. KATE BRIAN i love you you are an amazing author. i loved all ur books including the private series. cnt wait to read any new ones when they come out. but any way so yeah i think tht was a really good book and i recommend it to all girls with bully problems or anything like tht!

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Reader reviewed by Megannx3

Megan is an awkward girl. Pretty never the less. Megan's parents are moving for South Korea and she does not want to go. So she is sent to live with the McGowan's. The McGowan's are a family with 7 boys and no girls. Things in the house are tense when Megan first arrives and some member of the family are uncomfortable with her presence. The author takes you through Megan's lifewith her adjusting to living with all these knew people. Also how she deals with all the HAWT guys. I absolutely LOVED this book.
+ Megan is my name. hahah.
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a reader Reviewed by a reader March 14, 2009
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My Perfect Fantasy.

Reader reviewed by Megannx3

Megan is an awkward girl. Pretty never the less. Megan's parents are moving for South Korea and she does not want to go. So she is sent to live with the McGowan's. The McGowan's are a family with 7 boys and no girls. Things in the house are tense when Megan first arrives and some member of the family are uncomfortable with her presence. The author takes you through Megan's lifewith her adjusting to living with all these knew people. Also how she deals with all the HAWT guys. I absolutely LOVED this book.
+ Megan is my name. hahah.

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Reader reviewed by Mis24

This Book is perfect for any age. This young girl (Megan) who's been practically everywhere because of her father, decides to move in with a family friend, who just so happens to have 7 sons! They each have great qualities, and I couldnt help but like all of them for differnt reasons, but by far my favorite was Finn. He's  good looking, caring, smart and an artist! I wish he really existed! I've read it several times, i strongly suggest anyone read this book. It has a little bit of everything.
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a reader Reviewed by a reader February 13, 2009
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Awesome! Love It! I Love Finn!

Reader reviewed by Mis24

This Book is perfect for any age. This young girl (Megan) who's been practically everywhere because of her father, decides to move in with a family friend, who just so happens to have 7 sons! They each have great qualities, and I couldnt help but like all of them for differnt reasons, but by far my favorite was Finn. He's  good looking, caring, smart and an artist! I wish he really existed! I've read it several times, i strongly suggest anyone read this book. It has a little bit of everything.

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