Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 1st 2014
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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?
This book was honestly such a trip. It was fun yet very ambitious. You have a strict, rather stuck-up looking (not her personality) girl who doesn’t even ever wear jeans coming to live in a house of 12 boys (Parker is a girl, but essentially a boy because she dresses and acts like one) who are rambunctious and messy. Already dealing with loss, this tips Jackie’s world upside down even quicker. She doesn’t know how to handle it at first, but, of course the always flawless and prim Jackie learns to handle it like a pro by adapting and learning a little mess never hurt anybody.
I love the way that Jackie grows as a person in this book and I even adore the really kind of messed up love triangle that we get. I mean, a house full of 12 boys? Like 5 of them are 16+. How could she resist? I love something about each of the boys, in all honesty. Despite it being a huge family, we get to see a good amount of each member. I love the country scenes Ali paints for us, as well, being from Texas myself. This was a really awesome pick-me-up book. Definitely 5 stars. Let me know what you think below! Happy reading!