Series: y Life with the Walter Boys #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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?
The premise of this was interesting, but it felt so forced. Like she had to pick one of the Walter Boys. I didn’t have a favourite at all. I didn’t see what was so special with any of the boys. Some of the kids were adorable and the things they said made me laugh out loud. The family dynamics was my favourite part of the book.
The only character that had any development was Jackie and she went from being a goody-goody to one who started taking stupid risks..all for a boy. Clearly she lost some brain cells when she moved. I wanted it to be more about how much she missed her family, and how hard it was for her to move on. And it was, but at the same time, the way she tackles it? It was like she was only obsessed with the boys and their drama. Geez so much drama..It was super entertaining at points, but I couldn’t stop comparing it to a soap opera TV show where everything and anything just goes wrong.
There was no running story line at all, so I pretty much only finished this just to see who she would pick. I’m just a little disappointed by this. It had its cute moments, but I think it’s best to pass on this one.