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Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys

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by Kate Brian

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Boys. 7 of them, to be exact.

Megan is used to moving from place to place — it's typical for an army brat. But she drew the line at South Korea. She insists on staying in the States to finish her last two years of high school. So her parents made arrangements for Megan to live with their friends, the McGowans...and the McGowans' 7 sons.

Turns out,


Boys. 7 of them, to be exact.

Megan is used to moving from place to place — it's typical for an army brat. But she drew the line at South Korea. She insists on staying in the States to finish her last two years of high school. So her parents made arrangements for Megan to live with their friends, the McGowans...and the McGowans' 7 sons.

Turns out, living with 7 boys might as well be a foreign country! The boys are messy. They are cliquey (who knew?). And worst of all, two of the oldest boys are H-O-T. (A problem considering they are supposed to be Megan's "brothers.") Megan is definitely in enemy territory. She needs to win over the boys' hearts without totally crushing her own.

And when Megan starts falling for one of them, sibling rivalry takes on a whole new meaning....

What is a girl to do?

Editorial Reviews

Megan Meade is looking forward to her junior year in high school when her parents, career military officers, drop the bombshell—they have been reassigned to South Korea. For the first time in her life, Megan refuses to move with her parents, and reluctantly they make arrangements for her to stay with the family of her father's friend in Massachusetts. Megan, an only child, now is in the middle of the McGowan family and their seven sons, boys who are not so happy to share their space with a girl. As can be expected there are adjustments to be made as Megan seeks to find her place in the family and in a new school. She is a good soccer player and makes the team, much to the chagrin of Hailey, the captain apparent and Evan McGowan's girlfriend. Megan is attracted to Evan herself, but a series of lies and innuendo leads her into the shed with quiet Finn McGowan, and finally to a better understanding and appreciation of boys. The title refers to the IM messages Megan sends to her best friend in Texas and to the observations she makes based on the experiences she has with the McGowans. While many family issues are dealt with well, a soccer party with its drinking and sex is taken casually and requires more discussion than it is given here. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Simon & Schuster, 272p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Megan Meade, 16, is a soccer star whose parents are military lifers. When her mother and father are again stationed overseas, she decides to stay with family friends in Boston. She is immediately overwhelmed by the seven McGowan boys, each of whom embodies a stereotype, e.g., genius, jock, rebel, etc. Shockingly, Megan falls for Evan, Mr. Popular. Also shockingly, Evan has a "mean girl" girlfriend, Hailey, who is trying to make Megan's life miserable. Will Megan become the team's starter? Will Evan fall for her charms? Will readers care? The answers to these questions are pretty obvious. The book is just average with stock characters, pedestrian writing, and a plot that teens have read a million times. Only the most undiscriminating romantic-comedy readers will be interested.-Amy Patrick, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen-year-old army brat Megan is sent to live with the McGowans when her parents are transferred overseas. The prospect of living with the McGowan brothers-all seven of them-is intimidating to only child Megan. When she arrives in Boston, however, and lays eyes on the eldest four, she becomes terrified. Bad-boy Doug, Abercrombie-wearing Evan, soulful-artist Finn or motorcycle-riding Sean would fulfill any teenaged girl's fantasy of the perfect guy. Steeling herself against their charms-and their occasional cruelty-Megan tries to concentrate on soccer and making friends. Unfortunately, her rival on the soccer team is Evan's girlfriend and soon, good-girl Megan finds herself embroiled in a scandal. To sort out the vagaries of the male mind, Megan creates a guide for her friend Tracy that is revealed through e-mails and text messages between chapters. Readers will guess which brother will fall for Megan well before the ending of this fluffy teen romance. Nonetheless, fans of books like Alex Bradley's 24 Girls in 7 Days (p. 117) will enjoy the escapism-if they can overlook the rather formulaic characterization. (Fiction. YA)

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Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys

By Kate Brian

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Copyright © 2005 Kate Brian
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1416900306

Chapter One: Prologue

"Megan, we need to talk."

Megan Meade swallowed a mouthful of root beer and let the bendy straw fall from her lips. Her heart dropped with it. She squeezed her eyes closed. What were her parents doing back from the base this early?

"This is my first soda of the day, I promise," she said, spinning in her father's leather swivel La-Z-Boy chair to face her parents. The moment she saw them, however, she knew they weren't about to talk about her daily sugar intake. This was much more serious.

Megan's parents stood before her in the living room of their cookie-cutter government-issue home, both wearing falsely excited smiles. They were also sporting their dress uniforms -- her mom in an army green pressed skirt and jacket with dark panty hose, even though it was about a hundred and ten degrees in the Texas shade, and her dad with his collar buttoned so tight his neck was turning red.

"Oh God," Megan said.

She placed her sweating soda glass onto the coaster next to her and braced herself. She'd been an army brat her entire life, so it wasn't hard for her to figure out what was coming next. She just hoped it wasn't true.

"It's time to pack your gear, Kicker," her father announced, forcing a boisterous grin. "We're moving to South Korea!"

Yup. There it was. Megan went into free fall. Her internal organs turned weightless and started floating around inside her body cavity. She clutched the arms on the chair so tightly her knuckles turned white, just to keep from throwing up.

"What?" Megan blurted. Her voice sounded very far away.

"It's been a while since we were transferred, hasn't it?" her father said matter-of-factly. "This should be exciting."

Exciting? Had he been testing gas masks over at the base today? How could anyone think she would be excited about this?

Megan had been moving all her life. She had been born in Rammstein, Germany, at one of the largest American army bases in Europe. When she was five, right about the time she had made her first friend, her family had been transferred to Turkey. After a few years there playing soccer with the boys and learning Turkish from her best friend, Medha, another transfer had come through, sending Megan to the country she had always thought of as home for the first time in her life. All through middle school Megan had moved, from Fort Carson in Colorado to Fort Bragg in North Carolina to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. She hadn't been in any of those places long enough to make any real friends.

But here, at Fort Hood, Megan had finally found a home. She had made it through three full grades here. She was on a state-champion soccer team. She had just gotten her learner's permit. She had a real best friend, Tracy Dale-Franklin. And this year, on the first day of school, she was going to talk to Ben Palmer. Finally, finally talk to him. She even had the outfit all picked out and had practiced her greeting three hundred and fifty-one times in front of the mirror. This was supposed to be The Year of Megan. Why was this happening?

"Megan? Aren't you going to say anything?" her mother asked.

Yeah, I'm gonna say something, Megan thought, standing up. She turned her back to her parents and stared out the window, hugging herself and gripping the sides of her T-shirt in her fists. This was so wrong. Megan had always been the perfect little daughter. She never talked back. She never let her parents know if she was depressed or upset or thought one of their many, many rules was unfair. She had never disobeyed them once in her life. And she was the only girl in school who wasn't strutting around the base in a miniskirt and belly shirt like the pop star du jour. Didn't her parents realize how good they had it?

As Megan glared out the window at the perfectly cut lawn, the impeccably kept flower beds, she felt like she always did right before she was going to throw up. And it was like an outside force was working on her; she knew there was no stopping what was about to happen.

She turned around and looked directly at her parents. She held her breath. "I'm not going."

It took every ounce of courage she had just to say those three words, and once they were out, she couldn't believe she had said them.

No one moved. Megan was having an out-of-body experience. Like last year when she had staggered over to the bench after suffering a concussion in the semifinal game at states. Like she was aware of what was going on around her but it wasn't really her that was there.

"Come again?" her father said.

"I'm not going. I'm not moving to South Korea," Megan said, still unable to believe the words had come out of her mouth.

Her mother and father exchanged a look. It seemed that they didn't think it was Megan in the room with them either.

"I'm sorry, Megan. We know this is hard for you," her mother said. "But we're only going to be there for two years and then you'll be back stateside for college anyway."

Two years. Two years? What kind of person put the word only in front of the words two years?

"No. I'm not going," Megan said, feeling braver every second her father didn't blow up at her. "You can't do this to me. This is my life and...and I want to live it here! With my friends! I mean, what about the soccer team? And...and the prom? And..."

Ben Palmer and his perfect dimples! her mind wailed.

"Megan -- "

"I'm so sick of this, Mom! I hate moving. I just don't want to do it anymore. Why should I have to?"

Megan's father took a deep breath. His nostrils flared as he let it out. He and Megan's mother looked at each other again, silently communicating, as they so often did.

"Well, there is one other option," her mother said finally.

Megan barely dared to hope. "There is?"

"Your father and I -- we have to go," Megan's mother said, fiddling with her wedding ring. "But if you really want to stay..."

"I can stay with Tracy?" Megan blurted.

"No...no," her father said. "The Dale-Franklins already have their hands full. You know that."

Megan knew all too well. Tracy's older brother, Joe, had graduated and was off at the Naval Academy, much to the chagrin of his "Go Army" dad. His moving out had freed up a bit of room in the Dale-Franklins' three-bedroom house, but Tracy still shared a room with her sister, Brianna, and the older of her two younger brothers was still bunking in the basement.

"Then what?"

"Well, last night Dad was speaking with John McGowan," her mother said.

"John McGowan?" Megan repeated, dumbstruck. John McGowan was her dad's old friend from med school.

"He said he and Regina would be happy to look after you while your dad and I are in South Korea," her mother continued, as if she hadn't just sent Megan's head spinning. "We didn't think it would be something you would be interested in. After all, South Korea is such an opportunity for a new cultural experience. However, if...you feel strongly..."

"John McGowan," Megan said again.

"Yes. John McGowan," her father said flatly. "Are you all right?"

Were her parents cracked? Were they certifiably insane? First they wanted to move her to the Far East, then they suggested shipping her off to the McGowan house in Boston, Massachusetts, to live with all those --

"The boys will take a little while to adjust, but I'm sure you'll all get along," her mother said.

Boys? Megan's mind was flooded with images of boys. Boys with missing teeth, their faces smeared with red Popsicle goo, their beady little eyes laughing at her as they lured her behind their house to see their new "puppy" and then lassoed her to a tree and hung her upside down. Greasy-haired, chubby-legged, evil little boys. Boys with worms in their pockets who ate gum off the ground and pulled her hair.

"How many of them were there again?" Megan asked as she lowered herself shakily onto the edge of the couch.

Her mother and father pondered this. "Seven at last count, I believe," her father said. "Quite a brood."

Yes. Quite, Megan thought.

Of course, they wouldn't be grubby-handed little mud-streaked munchkins anymore, would they? Most of them had been around her age the last time she saw them seven years ago, which meant that now they would be -- gulp -- teenage boys.

Megan started to sweat. Teenage boys were even worse. Mud-streaked munchkins she could clobber over the head with a wiffleball bat. That was how she had finally gotten pudgy, stringy-haired Evan -- the worst of the pack -- to back off the last time after the lassoing incident. But teenage boys -- those she could not handle. Sixteen years old and she had yet to have a single functional conversation with a boy in her class. How was she supposed to live with seven of them?

"So, that's the deal," her father said. "You can either come to Korea with us or stay in the States, but if you stay here, you're staying with the McGowans."

"Do I have to decide right now?" Megan asked.

"No, sweetie, but soon," her mother said, leaning over to run her hand over Megan's strawberry blond hair. "We're leaving in a few days." She planted a kiss on Megan's forehead and Megan looked into her eyes -- exactly the same green as Megan's own, with just a few wrinkles at the corners. "We'll miss you so much if you decide to stay."

Megan nodded numbly.

"But we just want what's best for you, so whatever you decide, we'll support you," her mother added.

Megan swallowed hard. This morning she had woken up with nothing more important to do than practice her Ben Palmer speech and add half a mile to her daily run. Now the whole world had turned upside down.

"Thanks," Megan said finally.

Her mother smiled, blinking back tears. "You think about it and let us know."

Megan slumped back into the couch as her parents left the room. All by myself with seven boys or with my parents...in Korea, Megan thought. Suddenly, running away to join the circus seemed like a workable option.

TooDamn-Funky: miss u already!!!

Kicker5525: Tracy! Im not even at the airport yet.

TooDamn-Funky: cant believe ur leaving me...L

Kicker5525: Not by choice.

TooDamn-Funky: u better email me the sec u get there! 7 boyz!! u r so lucky!

Kicker5525: Not lucky. Dead. Im dead.

TooDamn-Funky: well...ru. it IS u.

Kicker5525: Thx 4 the pep talk. Grrrr...HOW AM I GOING 2 DO THIS?????

TooDamn-Funky: hey maybe u will FINALLY learn 2 stand up 4 urself!!!

Kicker5525: How many times r u goin 2 say that 2 me?

TooDamn-Funky: 5,345,654. or til u start doing it.

Kicker5525: HEY! I stood up to MOM AND DAD!!!!

TooDamn-Funky: its a start. ok. been thinking bout the boyz. member last year my bro did that immersion thing in venezuela?

Kicker5525: where he learned to speak Spanish???

TooDamn-Funky: yeah! u go for 2 weeks & talk nothing but Spanish & u come back fluent.


TooDamn-Funky: well this is like a guy immersion program!!!

Kicker5525: so...what. Im going 2 b fluent in GUY?

TooDamn-Funky: xactlee! u will c what they talk about when alone. U will c how they r with each other. U will c how they THINK!!! AND WHEN IT'S DONE YOU'LL BE ABLE TO WRITE A GUY GUIDE BOOK!!

Kicker5525: u r deranged.

TooDamn-Funky: IM SERIOUS! U culd break the guy code!

Kicker5525: Huh. Guy 101.

TooDamn-Funky: now ur getting it! and u WILL send me all ur notes so I can publish them on the web.

Kicker5525: i like it. im in. J

TooDamn-Funky: knew u wood b!

Kicker5525: Wish me luck!!! I sooooooo need it.

TooDamn-Funky: good luck! swak!

Kicker5525: swak back!

& copy 2005 by Kate Brian


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Meet the Author

Kate Brian is the author of the NY Times and USA Today best-selling Private series and it's spin-off series, Privilege. She has also written many other books for teens including Sweet 16 and Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys.

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PSD More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I have ever read. I usually don't read, I usually don't like to read, but this book kept me in my bedroom with the door locked. Whenever I didn't read it was like a comercial break. The way the author uses words to describe makes it sound like a description of somthing that had happened to you. You may read the first two pages then put it down, but boy when you reach the third page it gets going. My teacher always says that if your the reader you choose what parts you want to skip, so go ahead and skip what you want but your going to be missing on a lot. SA
SummerKisses More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I loved it from the start. Megan is such a great person and those 7 brothers, woah woah woah. I laughed my ass off, it hit a few heartstrings and in the end it made me want more. Great story. Read it! It's an order. ;-) Megan C cups~ xD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys is a really great book. I love the characters, and the story is easy to understand. My only problem with the book is the ending.I mean after reading the book, I actually expected a sequel, but there wasn't one. The ending left so many questions about the characters relationships unanswered. If she makes a sequel, A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD BE SO HAPPY! Please Kate Brian, make another book!!!!!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Megan has always moved around a lot, but this time her living situation has changed even more drastically than usual. When she refused to pack up and move to South Korea with her parents, both in the army, they proposed another option: spending her last two years of high school living in Boston with the McGowans. John McGowan is an old friend of her father's. What makes this so different? The fact that the McGowans have seven sons. Megan is an only child, and can't imagine living with seven boys!

Life with Evan, Sean, Finn, Caleb, Ian, Miller, and Doug McGowan is as foreign to Megan as South Korea would have been. Her best friend from Texas, Tracy, even calls it an immersion experience; Megan will go in clueless and come out speaking the language of boys!

Even if the McGowan boys and Megan are supposed to be siblings, they don't exactly relate that way. After all, they haven't seen each other since they were little kids. Now Megan is in hostile territory; she's not exactly welcomed by each of the nine members of the McGowan family (though Regina, John's wife, is more than thrilled to have another female in the house, taking tomboyish Megan on shopping sprees and to the spa). And then there's the fact that Finn and Evan are, well, hot. And John and Regina even had a family meeting to tell the kids that they're all siblings now...but siblings don't want to kiss each other.

On top of dealing with the drama of living with the McGowan boys, Megan also has to handle starting over at a new school. She gets off to a good start when she makes the soccer team and even a few new possible friends. That quickly goes sour, though, when she is targeted by Hailey, Evan's girlfriend, who's jealous of Megan's talent on the soccer field--and her living arrangements. Can Megan handle Boston and the McGowan boys, or will South Korea turn out the be the easier option?

MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS is a fantastically fun book! It's full of great characters; even the minor characters seem three-dimensional. Kate Brian is a talented writer, and this novel is an awesome page-turner. I devoured this book; I read at every spare moment and took less than twenty-four hours to finish it--on a weekday! Megan's transition from shy to outspoken didn't feel one hundred percent real to me, but that was only a tiny issue; the book was still great. This is one book that definitely feels like there could be a sequel in the works (which is exciting), but that didn't stop it from being a complete (and completely awesome) story on its own.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
This was a great beach read. It was entertaining and light with likeable characters and a few laughs. Don't expect any deep thinking, just some fun.
bookfreak-for-romance More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun to read. i could not put it down. Kate brian makes you feel like your Meagan. The embarassing, sweet, and hilarious moments in the book will most definitely keep you interested and make you feel like your the character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really, really great book. It's about an army brat, Megan who doesnt want to move again, so she goes to live with her dad's friend, who happens to have seven childen- all boys, and most of them are teenage boys (gulp) I know what your thinking- that this would be awesome, but it's really not. Megan gets the inside scoop of these boys, the four-one-one, and it's not so sweet. Boys are moody, clique-y, winy, and sometimes just plain dumb. And Megan ends up having problems with all seven of them. The oldest,Sean, is quiet, and moody, and all he does it work on his motorcyle, the next oldest is Evan, supper hottie, guy magnet, slightly arrogant, completely oblivious, next is Finn, oh Finn, Mr. Sweet artsy type, who is so nice, calm and understanding, then there's Doug, and I think Megan has the most problems with him because he makes everything so much harder for her living at their house, he's the next K-Fed if you ask me, and then there's his twin, Miller who has some sort of problem, like i forget but he has to have things in a certain order and all he mainly talks about is baseball, but the last two are the younger boys who like to play jokes on Megan by cutting up her clothes and embarrassing things to her. But all in all this book is hilarious and find out which two boys Megan falls in love with!!!
Soccerbabe96 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. Kate write a sequel. Pleaseee I wanna know what happens with Finn and Megan, is Megan still gonna stay there? Does Evan like Megan? Theres so many questions, I like Aimee, Megan and Finn. WRITE A SEQUELLL. What about your fans?
readingluvr68 More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. I couldn't put it down. I definitely recommend it. The ending ended really abruptly. I wish Kate would right a sequel. Even though the ending isn't great I still recommend this book I am sooooooo glad I read it.
BigApple More than 1 year ago
i hate reading and this book was freaking amazing! i could not put it down and the way the author describes the boys makes u want to jump in the book and make out with them! i love the main characters personality and i just loved the whole plot line! it was also goofy in some parts where i was laughing to myself and people were looking at me strangly lol o well! plz read this book i beg of you!!!!!
Luvs2Dance158 More than 1 year ago
I got this book for Christmas last year, and as soon as I started reading it, I couldn't stop. I finished the book in 4 hours, and I was so mad when I finished it because it was such a good book. Anyone who reads this book will enjoy it!
book_luver88 More than 1 year ago
This was the greatest book ever. at first I felt so bad for her that she had to live with so many guys, then I read more then I didn't feel bad for her anymore because the guys were hot!!!!<3 Anyway, my favorite guy was Finn. I guess you would have to read the book to know what I mean.<3
rebeRS More than 1 year ago
simply loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isone of the best books i have ever read, and thats saying something considering all the amazing books i have read. I would reccomend this book to ages 12-22. Its got some humor here and there, those moments where you just want to skip the page and see what happens, and alot of awesome. Any soccer players out there will love this book along with people that love romance. Any body that loves an amazingly awesomly wonderful book, you should read this! One of the best book EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bookwormxoxo More than 1 year ago
Going into this book, I had fairly low expectations. Fun to read, light, interesting premise, but not much more than that. At first, my suspicions seemed correct--crushing on the popular kid, rivalry with his popular and mean girlfriend--but it quickly turned into a lot more than that. Megan, though seeming to be a shy, timid heroine, proves herself to a strong, intelligent female character. Stereo-types are turned on their heads left and right, and every single character is so much more complex than they originally seem. This story has a bit of romance, but ultimately is so much more than that--it's about family and friendship, and every bit of it rings true. Megan's friendship with Miller is heart-warming, and the ending is absolute perfection, despite the fact that by the time I'd reached that point, I was wishing it could keep going forever. Overall, this is definitely a worthwhile read, and I'd recommend it to any teenage girl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really funny. Megan has a teen voice that most girls can relate to; she's finding herself in the middle of a complicated crowd, and also finding her first love :-)....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was cute, I loved all the characters, especially Finn. Oh sweet beautiful Finn. Haha, I thought the book was filled with great comedy, romance, and drama. Everything I love in a book! I wish at the end it would have said who Megan ended up with though. But I think I have an idea of to who it was probably. Youu should deff check this book out, you wont regret it...well hopefully. ANYWAYS I thought it was an awesome book.. soo yeaah! :D
lilliany99 More than 1 year ago
I only read the sampke n im aalready in love with the book so if no one wants it gice me a way to contact you so i can get to borrow it or take altogether:). No but seriously let me eead it females only. Im too young.
Delaney Smith More than 1 year ago
This was such an awesome book! Def. Needs a sequel! Is so recomended! Five stars, and a must read.
Kadiatou Diallo More than 1 year ago
The cover wasn't very interesting but from page one i couldn't put the book down. I really hope theres a second book!!!!
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
This was a great story.  Megan has to make a lot of changes, but so do the McGowan boys.  Its not easy going from only child to one of 8! Of course there are a lot of love interests along the way.  Megan gave as good as she got. This was a definite easy read fluffy book, but fun and humorous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book and would deffinatly recomend it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously LOVED this book! READ IT and you wont regret it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that will have you smilling to the end