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My Life With The Walter Boys|Book Review

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19107949.jpgTitle: My Life with the Walter Boys

Author: Ali Novak

Pages: 358

Rating:

Synopsis: Jackie Howard 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.)

Jackie is now 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?

Spoiler Free Review

Overview

I don’t mean this in a harsh way or a derogative way but even if I didn’t already know it came from Wattpad, it does not surprise me for it felt very Wattpady. This book makes me want to restart reading on there but I’m not sure I will because of all the changes it been/going through. Anyways, back on track! This book was predictable but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. It was a quick read that I enjoyed and I was able to fly through it.

Characters

Jackie. I liked her. After an accident that takes her family away she is forced to move from New York to Colorado. What she doesn’t know until she’s stuck on the plane, she’s going to live with 11 boys and 1 tomboy. From someone who comes from a posh life, this is definitely a change in scenery. I think against all odds Jackie handles herself nicely and doesn’t quite explode. I was a bit surprised that she didn’t because I sure would have aha.   Although she seems like this composed person, we see some moments where she isn’t and she sort of lets down her guard and breaks down a little. And I’m glad we got to see these moments where she isn’t so composed because it’s like we get to see another side of her.

Cole. I do not like him. I started out this book liking him but at the end he was one of my least favorite Walter boys. I feel like in the middle and onwards his personality just completely shifts and I don’t like who he becomes. He becomes this cold person and completely ignores Jackie and is a complete b***h to Jackie. He also does this hot and cold sort of thing which I was not a fan of. I feel like he didn’t even redeem himself in the end. Maybe if he did then I would like him but in my opinion he didn’t.

Writing

I liked the writing, it wasn’t bad. One thing I wish the author did was give us more insight on Jackie and her thoughts. I thought her thoughts were pretty surface level and I wish the author explained them in a little more depth. I also wish we could of seen more of an impact on Jackie involving the car accident. In the book Jackie finds some items that are her sisters and her mothers that somehow got into her items. And when she finds these items she sort of just brushes them off and doesn’t think much about them. And maybe this is just me that it bothers but I didn’t like how she just sort of brushed them off and was like “this is my moms, must of gotten mixed into these boxes” and then she was done thinking of the item. My grandpa passed away and I have a jacket of his and every time I wear it I think about him and I think of memories of us. I don’t just go “oh this is my grandpas” and shrug it on. And again, maybe this is just me, but I wish the author made these items that she found have an impact on her, make her think fondly of her family and I wish we could of seen these thoughts.

Spoiler Section

So, I want to talk about Jackie, Cole, and Alex. I like Alex and Jackie together way more than Jackie and Cole. Now I do not think Jackie and Alex belong together, neither of them felt what one should in a relationship. But I do not like her and Cole together at. all. Cole has treated Jackie badly for about half of the book. He was hot and cold toward her but mostly cold. If Cole truly does feel for her and stuff, even though she was dating Alex, he should of acted like he was happy for her and still have been her friend. But no, he took the jerk way and was rude to her and shut her out. Jackie deserves so much better than him and even thought they don’t officially end up together, they still sort of do. And also, I am not a huge fan of there age gap. The two years older doesn’t bother me much, its more of the fact that he’s 18 and she’s around 16.

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