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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for My Life with the Walter Boys

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rocio

    I’d rather read the iTunes User Agreement.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Nuckles

    I’ve been rereading some of the stories I read on wattpad when I was younger, and this one brought me waaay back lol. Super cute, fun, cheesy story if you’re looking for a light, easy to read book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was exactly like: Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys, despite some minor details and the ending. It was as if Megan got an alternate ending. One that I actually wanted. So, there's that. But otherwise, another story about a girl living w/ a group of A&F model-look-alike boys. She gets involved w/ two hot brothers and ultimately ends up choosing one. This book was exactly like: Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys, despite some minor details and the ending. It was as if Megan got an alternate ending. One that I actually wanted. So, there's that. But otherwise, another story about a girl living w/ a group of A&F model-look-alike boys. She gets involved w/ two hot brothers and ultimately ends up choosing one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Collazo

    More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPants. IF THIS BOOK WERE FOOD, IT WOULD BE: Lays potato chips--the regular flavor--total junkfood, but you can't read just one page. WHAT I LIKED: On one hand, Walter Boys is a quick, fun read that I completed in about a day. I enjoyed it the same way I enjoy potato chips or cookies--it's junkfood not meant for a steady diet. Somehow, despite its many flaws, I still enjoyed reading it, and I think many teens will like it, too. I liked the family. Even though Katherine and More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPants. IF THIS BOOK WERE FOOD, IT WOULD BE: Lays potato chips--the regular flavor--total junkfood, but you can't read just one page. WHAT I LIKED: On one hand, Walter Boys is a quick, fun read that I completed in about a day. I enjoyed it the same way I enjoy potato chips or cookies--it's junkfood not meant for a steady diet. Somehow, despite its many flaws, I still enjoyed reading it, and I think many teens will like it, too. I liked the family. Even though Katherine and George make some questionable parenting decisions (such as leaving two teen boys and an unrelated teen girl alone for the weekend), I really liked them for being the involved parents they are. The brothers' constant pranks are hilarious, and I like how they are not perfect. They argue, disobey, talk back, and fight, but despite all that, readers know they love each other as a family should. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: I rolled my eyes. A. Lot. Jackie--an appropriately boring name for this boring character--is a total Mary Sue. She is a "good girl" who strives for perfection and wears boring clothes and studies constantly. She freaks out if she is late and does selfless good deeds all day long. I never understood why this house full of hotties has not one but TWO boys who thinks boring Jackie is the cat's meow. Details are contrived and inconsistent with human behavior. Jackie mentions the difficulty she has climbing a hayloft ladder in a pencil skirt. Agreed. Pencil skirts are confining and climbing a ladder while wearing one would be tough. But a few minutes later, she's off riding a horse (wearing the SAME pencil skirt) but never mentions that being impossible without having to hike up the skirt to her hips. Other contrived details for the sake of plot (just a few examples): (view spoiler)[ --Jackie's deceased sister's clubbing dress mysteriously ends up in a box Jackie packed herself. Jackie is "shocked" when she finds it. --The parents leave a teen girl and two teen boys alone together for an entire weekend so the rest of the family could go camping. Naturally, the lights go out. --The rancher/handy-man father can't fix a simple door lock or replace a door knob. (He tried!)  Of course, boy + girl get locked in. --The parents either don't know Alex and Jackie are dating, or they don't care (pick your poison). They live in the same house and spend plenty of time alone in bedrooms. --Mary was that rude to Jackie, even knowing Jackie lives with Alex and has no reason not to tell him what she said. Seriously? (hide spoiler)] And those two boys who fall in like with her? (view spoiler)[We'll start with Alex. By the middle of the story, I thought he was the one Jackie needed to be with. He's sweet and quiet, and the two of them are friends. They are alike. They dance in the rain. But suddenly, Alex becomes this totally immature douche, and it seemed like he was just using Jackie to make another girl mad. And at the same time, Cole, a complete asshole who might be cute but is a TOTAL JERK, does a full 180 and becomes this sensitive, sweet, helpful-around-the-house guy who *luurrvveess* the lovely but DESPERATELY BORING Jackie. What?!! When did that happen? (hide spoiler)] THE BOTTOM LINE: It's fun as long as you don't take it too seriously or look for inconsistencies. Three stars because it was entertaining. STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We don't have it; it's more high school than middle. READALIKES: Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys (Brian) RATING BREAKDOWN: Overall: 3/5--despite my criticisms, it was entertaining! Creativity: 2/5--a lot like Megan Meade Characters: 2/5--didn't like any of them Engrossing: 4/5 Writing: 3/5 Appeal to teens: 4/5--a lot of teens will like this Appropriate length to tell the story: 3/5 CONTENT: Language: mild-medium; a few sh**, no F-bombs Sexuality: mild; some kissing and chest/ab lust Violence: very mild; brothers get into fight Drugs/Alcohol: medium; teen party with drinking; MC gets drunk

  5. 5 out of 5

    Juhina

    4.5/5 stars This book was exactly what I needed. A girl who ends up moving in a house of 12 boys? (11 boys and a tomboy to be exact). Does this remind anyone of Cheaper by the Dozen or Yours, Mine, and Ours? I at least was reminded of those two movies whenever the boys would pull pranks on each other and also Jackie.. which is most of the time. I really loved everything about this book, from how light hearted it was to managing to have some very emotional and tear inducing scenes that transitione 4.5/5 stars This book was exactly what I needed. A girl who ends up moving in a house of 12 boys? (11 boys and a tomboy to be exact). Does this remind anyone of Cheaper by the Dozen or Yours, Mine, and Ours? I at least was reminded of those two movies whenever the boys would pull pranks on each other and also Jackie.. which is most of the time. I really loved everything about this book, from how light hearted it was to managing to have some very emotional and tear inducing scenes that transitioned very well throughout the book. Jackie's family dies in a car accident. Jackie's dad is a billionaire, i.e.: the whole world heard of the news. What ends up happening is shipping Jackie across the country to live with her mother's college best friend's family, the Walters. Initially the book seriously hurt my heart. I was so sad for Jackie and her family. I felt the scenes were written wonderfully and seemed authentic. The worst thing a writer can do is writing a sad scene but coming off emotionless and fake, but Novak wrote all the heart wrenching scenes in a way that actually made my heart ache for the loss of her family and for Jackie. However this book isn't sad. Jackie's encounter with the 11 Walter boys (and sister) just had me cracking up. I loved how intimidating they all were to her and I especially love the younger boys, the twins in particular and their need to document everything using a camcorder. I have to admit that it took me a while to figure out who was who and the initial intro that was listed was very helpful. I flipped back to it multiple times until I got the hang of it. Two brothers in particular were the contenders for Jackie's empty boyfriend slot. It didn't really feel like a love triangle though. I think Novak did it in a way that haters of love triangles would still enjoy it. I liked both guys and didn't really know who to pick.. ok that's a lie, I liked one guy better than the other but I was still happy with the ending. I think what really made the book though was the individuality and uniqueness of every Walter boy. Novak didn't gloss over them, mention them once, and that's it. I really got to know each one of them and some I even became invested in. I also loved seeing the brotherly love between them all. It was very heartwarming. I recommend it to all contemporary fans, especially ones in need of a book that will hook them from the start. I can't wait for the sequel to be released. I'll definitely be stalking the author and publisher for any info on it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Ardoin

    Well this book pissed me right off. Not only is the main character (and the entire book for that matter) wrapped up in so many mindless cliches...at the end she chooses the guy who's been a jerk to her the entire book. He even goes so far as to throw her dead family in her face. This book perpetuates the thought that for teenagers, it doesn't matter how mean a guy is to you, as long as he is hot enough to give you that feeling in your tummy! I have a feeling in my stomach, too. I'm nauseated. Well this book pissed me right off. Not only is the main character (and the entire book for that matter) wrapped up in so many mindless cliches...at the end she chooses the guy who's been a jerk to her the entire book. He even goes so far as to throw her dead family in her face. This book perpetuates the thought that for teenagers, it doesn't matter how mean a guy is to you, as long as he is hot enough to give you that feeling in your tummy! I have a feeling in my stomach, too. I'm nauseated.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ilenia Zodiaco

    So bad, so good but so bad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJWgS... So bad, so good but so bad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJWgS...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    3 stars This book started out strong, I loved the concept of a girl having to move into a home with twelve boys. But what I didn't expect was a love triangle where everyone was using each other for their own means. I honestly would have enjoyed this book much more if the triangle hadn't been in it, because Jackie's personal journey of discovery would have made more sense. Anyways, it's a fun fast read and if you want something cute and quick this is the book for you. 3 stars This book started out strong, I loved the concept of a girl having to move into a home with twelve boys. But what I didn't expect was a love triangle where everyone was using each other for their own means. I honestly would have enjoyed this book much more if the triangle hadn't been in it, because Jackie's personal journey of discovery would have made more sense. Anyways, it's a fun fast read and if you want something cute and quick this is the book for you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    2.5/5 stars Well this book would have been so much better if not for probably THE most disappointing end to a book I've ever read. U KEEDIN ME WITH THIS CRAP? I honestly was annoyed the whole day I finished it because of that. I am still annoyed tbh. ANYWAY this is a majorly trope-y book but it's done super well. The main and biggest trope being the love triangle, but I liked this version of it because it was more of an "I made my choice but I'm still having conflicting feelings" than a "WHICH BOY 2.5/5 stars Well this book would have been so much better if not for probably THE most disappointing end to a book I've ever read. U KEEDIN ME WITH THIS CRAP? I honestly was annoyed the whole day I finished it because of that. I am still annoyed tbh. ANYWAY this is a majorly trope-y book but it's done super well. The main and biggest trope being the love triangle, but I liked this version of it because it was more of an "I made my choice but I'm still having conflicting feelings" than a "WHICH BOY DO I CHOOSE B/C EVERYONE LIKES ME." The premise was really interesting and I was worried that it was just gonna be a bunch of boy talk all the time (like a book I read recently AHEM the heartbreakers) but it ended up being much better than that. I was also worried about one of the main characters falling into the "bad boy with a heart of gold" which he kind of was, but it wasn't enough to annoy me. He was a player but he was always kind to Jackie instead of just shrugging her off at every moment, and the other main character was a SWEETHEART so it balanced it out. Again, a light, fun, entertaining read but with one of my least favorite contemporary endings ever so read at your own risk.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Giselle

    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 br 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    One of my favorite wattpad books of all time. Really enjoyable, with a pleasant writing style, a really cool author herself, and cute twists here and then. It's one of my favorite Megan Meade fanfictions, but with a totally different plot and style. Well done, Fallzswimmer! I look forward to the second book and re-reading this one again! One of my favorite wattpad books of all time. Really enjoyable, with a pleasant writing style, a really cool author herself, and cute twists here and then. It's one of my favorite Megan Meade fanfictions, but with a totally different plot and style. Well done, Fallzswimmer! I look forward to the second book and re-reading this one again!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)

    I was enjoying this one, but then it was getting closer and closer to the end and things weren't really getting any closure. That ending did not work for me. I feel like I have read half a book. Ali Novak better have a sequel coming out ASAP. I was enjoying this one, but then it was getting closer and closer to the end and things weren't really getting any closure. That ending did not work for me. I feel like I have read half a book. Ali Novak better have a sequel coming out ASAP.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

    If she hadn't gone for the cliché trope of dating the nice guy so you can avoid the bad boy, this book might have been bearable. But then again, it was full of stereotypes and crappy writing. I should have known what I was getting myself into. One of the worst books I've read this year. If she hadn't gone for the cliché trope of dating the nice guy so you can avoid the bad boy, this book might have been bearable. But then again, it was full of stereotypes and crappy writing. I should have known what I was getting myself into. One of the worst books I've read this year.

  14. 5 out of 5

    A Canadian Girl

    When I saw the synopsis for Ali Novak’s My Life With The Walter Boys, I expected a light, breezy read. Thankfully, I got that because My Life With The Walter Boys was just so full of drama – so much so, that I laughed at times because I couldn’t believe anybody saying or doing anything similar in real life. There isn’t much of a plot in My Life With The Walter Boys. Instead, the book relies on the reader getting emotionally invested with its characters. For me, that didn’t happen to the degree th When I saw the synopsis for Ali Novak’s My Life With The Walter Boys, I expected a light, breezy read. Thankfully, I got that because My Life With The Walter Boys was just so full of drama – so much so, that I laughed at times because I couldn’t believe anybody saying or doing anything similar in real life. There isn’t much of a plot in My Life With The Walter Boys. Instead, the book relies on the reader getting emotionally invested with its characters. For me, that didn’t happen to the degree that I wanted it to. I’m not sure why some of the Walter boys were so interested in Jackie because I just couldn’t see what all the fuss was about. A couple of characters described her as a goody two shoes, and I think that’s an appropriate description since she was so boring and uptight. I did like though that she refused to be a doormat and let Cole walk all over her. I also found the romance quite dull, particularly because neither guy appealed to me. Not only did Alex and Jackie have nothing in common, but they had no chemistry whatsoever either. As well, I didn’t like how Alex kept emphasizing that Jackie was his girlfriend because it made it seem like she was simply a property to own. On the other end of the love triangle was Cole, who I thought was a major ass. Basically, I detested him for the way he treated girls and the way he acted towards Jackie and his brothers when he didn’t get his way. The other Walters had equally distinct personalities, and I liked the way they interacted with each other. I also found their reactions towards Jackie when she moved in with them to be very understandable. As for the rest of the secondary characters, they were girls whose sole purpose seemed to be to gush over Cole or be one of his hookups. Ultimately, I don’t think My Life With The Walter Boys and I were a great fit because the book seemed very juvenile to me. Novak apparently wrote My Life With The Walter Boys when she was fifteen, and I find that shows in the book not only through her writing but also because her characters – who were supposed to be older than her – didn’t act like their age.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ~Tina~

    After the horrific car accident that killed Jackie’s family and leaving her orphaned, Jackie doesn't have much of a choice but to leave all the comforts of her New York home and move to Colorado with Katherine Walter, her mothers oldest friend and Jackie’s new Guardian. But leaving home to move to a horse ranch is one thing; living with 12 other Walter kids is an entirely new story. One, Jackie isn't sure she’s cut out to handle. Ha, this was fun! I really enjoyed the concept for My Life with the After the horrific car accident that killed Jackie’s family and leaving her orphaned, Jackie doesn't have much of a choice but to leave all the comforts of her New York home and move to Colorado with Katherine Walter, her mothers oldest friend and Jackie’s new Guardian. But leaving home to move to a horse ranch is one thing; living with 12 other Walter kids is an entirely new story. One, Jackie isn't sure she’s cut out to handle. Ha, this was fun! I really enjoyed the concept for My Life with the Walter Boys. I come from a large family (just not this large) so I understand what its like when you’re surrounded by chaos, maddening noise and bodies everywhere you turn. So it was really quite amusing seeing how Jackie handles living with 12 boys (well, ones a tom-boy) that range from 5-21 years of age. This was also pretty laid back given the circumstances as to why Jackie had to move in with the Walters in the first place, which was surprising. This still had its heavier moments, but all in all it was a pretty light read filled with lots of drama, some angst and a good old fashion love triangle. But what I loved the most was when the whole family was together. Everyone was such a handful and it was fun trying to see disorganized chaos at its best. Some of the older Walter boys are also pretty intimidating, gorgeous and unpredictable and most of them didn't exactly give Jackie a warm welcome, and proceeded with the practical jokes, snide remarks, bets, rude gestures and even some light sexual comments, but eventually the boys came around causing Jackie to slowly come out of her shell and loosen up enough and start living. I didn't really have any problems with any of the characters. They all have their own unique personalities, maybe not always likable, but still good people. My heart really goes out to Jackie. She lost her entire family and feels guilty for being alive when they aren't. She’s come from very prestigious lifestyles, so she’s a rather prim and proper little thing, something that isn't going to work out to well being on a horse ranch with 12 other Walter boys. But what I liked the most about her was that even though the boys might have put her through some hell, she’s a fighter and I liked the sass and fire that came out when provoked. She’s been through a lot but still takes on any challenge, I liked that she’s a survivor and doesn't let anyone walk all over her..or her heart. I liked all the Boys and Parker. Will, Nathan and Danny were the cool ones, very kind, understanding and supportive. Isaac and Lee were harder to like since they didn't like Jackie very much at first and didn't have a problem showing it. As for Alex and Cole, well, this is where our lovely love triangle starts. Cole is your typical player. He rules the school. Every guy wants to be him and every girl wants to date him. He’s done a lot of ass-moves in this book which makes him look like a total jerk about ninety percent of the time, but Cole can be smooth and even charming and still has his moments where you can start to see the act slipping and see the real him. Alex is a cutie-pie, I really liked him and Jackie together. He has a natural goodness to him and I thought it was cute that he geeks out on video games and Star Wars. He has a lot of unresolved issues with Cole given some of their history, but I grew too really like Alex and thought he was a good friend when Jackie needed it the most. The whole tug-of-war competition between Cole, Alex and Jackie was a little bit ridiculous and immature at times but I have to admit it was still addicting and intriguing to see how it would all play out. The only really part I didn't care for was the high school gossip blah blah. Every girl at school was either swooning or jealous of Jackie for living with the Walter boys and it didn't take long before I was annoyed at all the eye-rolling drama. All in all, this turned out to be a decent read. The writing is strong, the story line was a little overwhelming at times but it’s the characters that kept me invested and turning the pages till it’s all said and done. This was an amusing entertaining YA contemporary about family, lost and finding strength in numbers. Surviving means living and it was good to see Jackie with a new family to do just that. Well done, I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Drea

    So this chick's family dies in some freak accident, is forced to move from Upper East Side NYC to Colorado into a house full of testosterone and is expected to leave her upper-class city life behind to become a full on country gal. How about no. I've read this book on Wattpad so many times, hoping to enjoy it more than previously but it wasn't getting any better. In fact, it seemed to be getting worse and I didn't think that was possible. This book had so much potential and I actually found the s So this chick's family dies in some freak accident, is forced to move from Upper East Side NYC to Colorado into a house full of testosterone and is expected to leave her upper-class city life behind to become a full on country gal. How about no. I've read this book on Wattpad so many times, hoping to enjoy it more than previously but it wasn't getting any better. In fact, it seemed to be getting worse and I didn't think that was possible. This book had so much potential and I actually found the story line quite good but these positives were being drowned out by all the flaws surrounding it. I really wanted to enjoy this book because I'd read some of the author's other works on the app and they were actually pretty good and Ali Novak herself is so amazing and really humble, things I picked up on the few occasions where I engaged in conversation with her. I hate to say that I wasn't even close to loving My Life With The Walter Boys. I have a few peeves. #1 Why does it seem as if she is completely chill with her family being dead? She doesn't exactly make the reader want curl to into a ball crying for her loss as they eat ice-cream and watch sappy romance flicks together. Shouldn't she be making the reader empathize with the pain she should be going through? I didn't get any of that. Also, why is she completely chill with the fact that she doesn't have a single pair of jeans and she lives in Upper East Side NYC? I agree with the reviewer who mentioned Gossip Girl. Holla at ya, girl. #2 Her friends are most definitely not using her. Oh no of course not. I mean, why else would they start acting like they've known her her whole life after they find out that she sleeps under the same roof as the (in)famous Walter boys? And there couldn't possibly be a bad motive to why they were hell bent on convincing Jackie to invite them for a sleep over at the house that she hasn't even inhabited for a week. Sure, why would anyone want to question why her new 'friends' only make like, three appearances in the whole book and most of the time they are used to remind the reader just how amazingly attractive the Walter boys are. #3 The lack of cultural diversity in this book is actually hurtful. Everyone in this novel, and I mean EVERYONE, is one race and one race only. Hellooo! Asians, Hispanics and colored people exist too! What happened to them? Fell into a ditch on the way to writing a good novel? #4 Cole Walter. COLE FREAKING WALTER. A complete douche bag who pressures Jackie into bizarre situations and pulls pranks on her even though he's only known her for what? five minutes? Awesome start. But that's alright because he confesses her love for her while he's dating this other chick and Jackie kind of has this thing for his brother Alex who is the sweetest thing ever even though he has falling outs with Cole but noooo Cole is way better for Jackie because he's such a badass and he's super attractive and her friends say she loves him so that means she loves him and it turns out that he's been doing all those mean things to her because he loves her. POPPYCOCK, I SAY! (I have waited so long to say that) #5 She has no idea who Tolkien is. SHE HAS NO IDEA WHO TOLKIEN IS. LIKE, SHE HAS NEVER HEARD OF HIM. \(*-*)/ ASDFGHJKL. What is life? Sooo here are my thoughts on MLWTWB (way easier than writing out the whole title for the tenth time). If you really feel the need to, go and check it out. These are just my viewpoints on the novel, you may or may not share opinions, that's up to y'all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Second time read. First time review. My life with the Walter Boys was still meh. The first time I read this book.. everyone really annoyed me. The second time I dove into it.. well, I'm still equally annoyed with everyone. Thank god it is such a quick read, plus having wine helps, and the book was over before I knew it. Unthankfully, I still have to write this review. I hate love triangles - really and truly. So this book and the wack-ass triangle it shoved at my eyes.. mad me mad all over again. Second time read. First time review. My life with the Walter Boys was still meh. The first time I read this book.. everyone really annoyed me. The second time I dove into it.. well, I'm still equally annoyed with everyone. Thank god it is such a quick read, plus having wine helps, and the book was over before I knew it. Unthankfully, I still have to write this review. I hate love triangles - really and truly. So this book and the wack-ass triangle it shoved at my eyes.. mad me mad all over again. In this book you will meet Jackie. "Shockingly" she has to move into a house with 12 boys and her life gets flipped upside down. Of course during this "love triangle" mess everyone uses someone to gain something. It was so stupid and frustrating to read that I was 10x more annoyed than I was the first time. Then there's Jackie and I just hated her so much. The way she couldn't do some things but could do others with no problem whatsoever made me roll my eyes. I could probably dive into more things about her that annoyed the shit out of me - but i'm at work and no one needs to hear my angry typing right now. Overall, I hate Jackie. I will probably never read the second book of this series but that's mostly due to the fact that my wine deserves much better.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    2.5 Stars! I felt a little cheated! First half of the book, very good. Second half, I'm not sure what the author's original intent was, it felt like she lost the direction her story was taking, and midpoint she decided to make this a series. I was hoping for a more conclusive ending, but I was left hanging, and I didn't like it at all! Apparently the author was 15 years old when she wrote this, now she's in her early twenties, so knowing that I'll grant her some liberties, you have to start somew 2.5 Stars! I felt a little cheated! First half of the book, very good. Second half, I'm not sure what the author's original intent was, it felt like she lost the direction her story was taking, and midpoint she decided to make this a series. I was hoping for a more conclusive ending, but I was left hanging, and I didn't like it at all! Apparently the author was 15 years old when she wrote this, now she's in her early twenties, so knowing that I'll grant her some liberties, you have to start somewhere. I was impressed with her storytelling, the unique plot, but the execution was a little lacking. Some of that I would blame on her editor, or maybe I'm just too old to read this type of book...nah, I'm still young at heart and enjoy a good YA read! That being said, Ali Novak has potential and for a debut book this wasn't half bad. I'll be curious to see what she does with her next book and liked this one enough that I'll be checking it out.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Saniya

    Now seriously. This is one of the best books on Wattpad. You are not a true Wattpad-ian, (yes, I just created that word) if you haven't read this glory. So happy this book also got nominated for the Best Young Adult Fiction. <3 Now seriously. This is one of the best books on Wattpad. You are not a true Wattpad-ian, (yes, I just created that word) if you haven't read this glory. So happy this book also got nominated for the Best Young Adult Fiction. <3

  20. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa

    Need sequel. NOW. So I read this book on one of those fantastic nights when the people on my floor wouldn't shut up and sleep just wasn't going to be a thing that happened. I went into tis thinking "ya I'll read a few chapters and then doze off." FALSE. In typical me fashion I ended up staying up till 3 AM finishing this baby. I'm now in desperate need of caffeine, but oh man was it worth it. This book is about Jackie Howard whose entire family recently died in an accident and now she is being s Need sequel. NOW. So I read this book on one of those fantastic nights when the people on my floor wouldn't shut up and sleep just wasn't going to be a thing that happened. I went into tis thinking "ya I'll read a few chapters and then doze off." FALSE. In typical me fashion I ended up staying up till 3 AM finishing this baby. I'm now in desperate need of caffeine, but oh man was it worth it. This book is about Jackie Howard whose entire family recently died in an accident and now she is being sent off to Colorado to live with her mom's friend Katherine Walter, and her 12 sons. Seriously how could you not want to read this book after reading that plot summary. I could tell it was going to be filled with awkwardness, embarrassment and probably some sort of romance and this are all things that speak to my soul. This book was so fun, seeing Jackie adapt to life with the Walter boys was fucking hilarious and adorable. I loved her as a character, but what I loved even more was the colourful personalities of each of the Walter children. Sometimes it can be hard to have so many characters stand out from one another without their personalities blending into each other, but Ali Novak created dynamic and unique characters. There's Will (the oldest), Cole (the swoony jock), Alex (the geek), Danny (the drama boy), Nathan (the sweetheart musician), Isaac (the bad boy nephew), Lee (the abrasive nephew), Jack and Jordan (the prankster twin), Parker (the tom boy), and finally Zach and Benny (the mini Walter's). Might I just add that I was able to list all those off by memory without even referring back to the text.. yes I am incredibly proud of myself BUT that also speaks to how memorable these guys are. This book has some romance, and there's a love triangle going on, but I really enjoyed this ((view spoiler)[ even though it was so obvious that she was just wasting time with Alex and her and Cole were meant to be (hide spoiler)] ). I loved everything about the dynamics the characters had with each other and I only had two small complains. The first being that I don't think the book resolved quite the way I wanted it too. It kind of waited until the last 10 or so page to actually resolve the "love triangle" drama that was going on, and even then we still didn't get a resolution which really frustrated 3AM me. Secondly I don't think Jackie really dealt with the loss of her family. That being said this book as definitely more centred around her life with the walter boys, but still I wish we could have seen her come to terms with her grief a little bit more. Now the second I finished this book I ran onto Good reds to check if there was a sequel. I didn't think there was going to be BUT OH MY GOD BLESS ALI NOVAK AND THE PUBLISHERS BECAUSE THERE IS IN FACT A SEQUEL. It's coming out in 2015 AND IM SO EXCITED. I definitely don't think things were resolved at the end of this book, but I think the reason for that is definitely because of the sequel. EEEE CAN IT BE 2015 YET PLS?! PLS???? Anyway I loved this book. It's an adorable contemporary and a fast paced read, but you might not want to pick it up late and night because you won't be able to put it down. Go check it out!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

    3.5 Stars My Life with the Walter Boys was one of those "pleasant surprise" kind of books. A blogger friend gave it a great review so I decided to give it a try. While I wasn't blown away, it was still a really enjoyable YA contemporary and I found myself more invested than I thought I would be. At 16 Jackie loses her parents and sister suddenly in an accident. Her upper crust NYC penthouse lifestyle changes dramatically when she is sent to live with her mother's friend in Colorado. Life on a ra 3.5 Stars My Life with the Walter Boys was one of those "pleasant surprise" kind of books. A blogger friend gave it a great review so I decided to give it a try. While I wasn't blown away, it was still a really enjoyable YA contemporary and I found myself more invested than I thought I would be. At 16 Jackie loses her parents and sister suddenly in an accident. Her upper crust NYC penthouse lifestyle changes dramatically when she is sent to live with her mother's friend in Colorado. Life on a ranch is a shock to city-girl Jackie but the biggest adjustment? The Walter's have 12 sons (well, there's one daughter but she is very much one of the guys). Prim and proper Jackie is suddenly thrust into the chaotic Walter home where there's constant noise and activity, a schedule for morning showers, and rarely any privacy. It was obvious that, surrounded by so many teenage boys, there was bound to be some romantic drama and indeed that seemed to make up the bulk of the story. Jackie had an almost-instant attraction to Boy A while trying to fit in and make friends with the rest of the boys. While things were rocky with Boy A, there was an ease with Boy B that left Jackie confused about her feelings. Much drama ensues. Meanwhile, Jackie starts at a new school, makes friends, and tries to fit into her new life. I did have a couple issues that kept me from enjoying the book more and rating it higher. Mainly, Jackie's grief was almost non-existent. Maybe she was unnaturally stoic but it was still pretty unbelievable that a 16 year old girl dealt so calmly and neatly with the loss of her entire family. Her new guardians made no move to talk to her about her loss or get her some grief counseling. I would say that Jackie was so unemotional that she was almost robotic but that's not true - because she had plenty of emotional turmoil over her feelings for her crushes, just not so much over her deceased parents and sister. The ball was really dropped here. Secondly, it was often transparent that Boy B was saying/doing things right in front of Boy A solely to get a reaction. I didn't necessarily doubt his feelings for Jackie but there was also some serious competition with his brother and he often used his relationship with Jackie as a way to twist the knife and play one-upmanship. But it seemed that Jackie was completely oblivious to this. There were several scenes where I found myself wanted to shake some sense into her and have see what was happening right in front of her face. Overall My Life with the Walter Boys was an entertaining read but lacked any real depth. Those looking for a lighter YA contemporary that is more romance-focused will likely enjoy this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tabby

    Too annoyed to review right now...what a waste of a day!! *UPDATE* 12/20/2014 I was prepared to give this at least 2, maybe even 3 stars, depending on the ending, but then that non-ending happened. I don't understand authors that do this. So you want to make it a series? That's fine. I'm cool with that. Leave em wanting more but that was just so abrupt. I kept going thinking I was missing pages or something. That there was no way the author would string the reader along the ENTIRE book just to end Too annoyed to review right now...what a waste of a day!! *UPDATE* 12/20/2014 I was prepared to give this at least 2, maybe even 3 stars, depending on the ending, but then that non-ending happened. I don't understand authors that do this. So you want to make it a series? That's fine. I'm cool with that. Leave em wanting more but that was just so abrupt. I kept going thinking I was missing pages or something. That there was no way the author would string the reader along the ENTIRE book just to end it that way. Nope. (view spoiler)[Jackie fights her feelings for Cole the ENTIRE book and when she finally admits to him and herself how she feels, she runs away. I just don't get it. Not that it was the best choice to be with him anyway, after all he had done, but still I felt bad for the dude. And when I feel bad for a freaking man-slut bad boy, something is definitely wrong. (hide spoiler)] Aside from that ending, the book was all over the place. There were times I liked it and times when I wanted to throw the Kindle. The setup is ridiculous, with the whole moving in with a friend of the family who happens to have 12 kids, all boys (well 11 and 1 girl who wishes she was a boy). Cole, Isaac, and Alex were the only ones I could keep straight. While I liked the other characters, I kept getting Danny and Nathan mixed up, the little ones were mostly comic relief, Parker and Lee were just too emo for me to deal with, and the others I can't even remember their names. Jackie was very uptight as a character. I didn't like her with Alex at all. Cole is a complete ass most of the time but I still liked him better with her. On a lighter note, that one scene with Benny eavesdropping and running around with Jackie's bra on his head reminded me so much of my little brother and a similar incident that I experienced, that I couldn't stop laughing. So there were brief moments in this where I could see something promising shining through but it was just a case of very poor execution and a horrible ending.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elaina

    This was a quick and fun read!! I really want to read the sequel now lol I loved all of the different characters and their personalities. Just like others have said here on Goodreads, this book reminded me a lot of Cheaper by the Dozen. Especially with all the pranks and tricks that went on in it with all of the 11 boys and 1 girl :p I enjoyed this book very much, although I have heard from others that it is very similar to another book...but I really liked My Life with the Walter Boys and would This was a quick and fun read!! I really want to read the sequel now lol I loved all of the different characters and their personalities. Just like others have said here on Goodreads, this book reminded me a lot of Cheaper by the Dozen. Especially with all the pranks and tricks that went on in it with all of the 11 boys and 1 girl :p I enjoyed this book very much, although I have heard from others that it is very similar to another book...but I really liked My Life with the Walter Boys and would recommend it if you want a quick good book to read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Merphy Napier

    it's like "Paper Princess" but less horrible. if you liked that book you'll likely like this one. I don't have a lot to say... I finished it cause I figured it would go on my "Worst books of 2017" list but it wasn't as bad as I expected. I didn't HATE it but I didn't like it either. sorry if this seems mean, I just don't have a lot of thoughts other than "meh" it's like "Paper Princess" but less horrible. if you liked that book you'll likely like this one. I don't have a lot to say... I finished it cause I figured it would go on my "Worst books of 2017" list but it wasn't as bad as I expected. I didn't HATE it but I didn't like it either. sorry if this seems mean, I just don't have a lot of thoughts other than "meh"

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Obsessed Reader)

    3.5 stars. This was really cute, and I definitely enjoyed it. I thought it was going to be really predictable, but it turned out that it wasn't. It wasn't perfect by any means, but I had a good time reading it. 3.5 stars. This was really cute, and I definitely enjoyed it. I thought it was going to be really predictable, but it turned out that it wasn't. It wasn't perfect by any means, but I had a good time reading it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    jessica ☾

    A fun read and very easy to get through, but wayyy too insta-crush and love triangle-y for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tris |Leaving for the summer soon|

    OK...wow...there are actually no words to describe how good this books was. well i mean the fact that i finished it in the span of 4 hours should really give it away. but really this book is just plane amazing. (view spoiler)[OK so first of all i really like how it started out with when she was about to leave and not like a day after the accident. tbh i wasn't so sure when i started this book but 5 pages in i was hooked. when she met the boys was one of the parts i was really found hilarious. and OK...wow...there are actually no words to describe how good this books was. well i mean the fact that i finished it in the span of 4 hours should really give it away. but really this book is just plane amazing. (view spoiler)[OK so first of all i really like how it started out with when she was about to leave and not like a day after the accident. tbh i wasn't so sure when i started this book but 5 pages in i was hooked. when she met the boys was one of the parts i was really found hilarious. and when she found out that Mrs. Walter had 12 kids! 11 boys and one pretty much boy, girl! now take in mind Jackie is a very serious organised smart girl. she went to school at a all girls boarding school. she had never really been around boys other than adults. now she moves from New York to Colorado and moves in with a huge family mostly made up of boys. how would you feel? and to make things worse the older ones are hot and popular! (hide spoiler)] now ur prob going to get really mad that im leaving you like this but you really need to read this book! Shout out to Ali Novak. thank you so much for writing this book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book was hilarious! I really loved all of the characters! I'm a little disappointed with the ending and I want a sequel! This book was hilarious! I really loved all of the characters! I'm a little disappointed with the ending and I want a sequel!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Rose

    Oh gosh. I really want to read a second book, though I know there most likely will not be one. Technically this book was one of my first romances that I read, so that might make this review a little bit biased because it is really what started me into romance. I really enjoy the big brother, or a bunch of boys/love triangle situation. I don't know about you, but it just adds to the drama in a book (which is what I crave right now for some reason). The content could be cleaner, and it wasn't real Oh gosh. I really want to read a second book, though I know there most likely will not be one. Technically this book was one of my first romances that I read, so that might make this review a little bit biased because it is really what started me into romance. I really enjoy the big brother, or a bunch of boys/love triangle situation. I don't know about you, but it just adds to the drama in a book (which is what I crave right now for some reason). The content could be cleaner, and it wasn't really necessary to have all the content it had, though it wasn't terrible. Trust me, I make it sound worse below. CONTENT: There is a bit of swearing about 2 words per 1-2 chapters, and there is a bit more of a closed door romance with one of the main male characters, but not Jackie's perspective. There is a lot of touching and a lot of mentions of sex throughout the book. She gets drunk a few times, there is a lot of underage drinking, partial nudity (guys in underwear) and pushy talking. RECOMMENDED FOR: I would recommend for 14 and up (see content above). ORIGINAL REVIEW!!! I just finished a second ago, I picked up at Barnes and Noble a week ago and it was a second choice, I thought it would be a drag, but Omg I was wrong. Amazing story that proves that what could be there at the moment could change any second. Then that anyone could change with some prompting. I love this book so much. This is the second time I have read it and I could read it again still. If you want to discuss this book I am the Mod of a Clean Romance group! Feel free to join! https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Um......is there a sequel?? Please tell me there is a sequel people, becuase if there is not, I'm going to start crying! I LOVED that ending but it ended on a slight cliff-hanger and I hate cliff hangers! I loved this book, I highly recommend it! The only thing is I would recommend being 14 or older, just because of some content, like cussing and a few implied things. Overall though, this book was amazing! One thing (other then the cussing and implied content) was Jackie. She was a great lead fe Um......is there a sequel?? Please tell me there is a sequel people, becuase if there is not, I'm going to start crying! I LOVED that ending but it ended on a slight cliff-hanger and I hate cliff hangers! I loved this book, I highly recommend it! The only thing is I would recommend being 14 or older, just because of some content, like cussing and a few implied things. Overall though, this book was amazing! One thing (other then the cussing and implied content) was Jackie. She was a great lead female charcter but for me personally, I found myself going against her personailty at times. She was very serious and a perfectionist. (NOT SAYING THAT YOU PERFECTIONIST AND SERIOUS PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE BAD OR ANYTHING!!) I just personally am more of an out-going, crazy, fun, and non-organized person. (You take one look at my room and will see exactly why I say that ;D) Now that you have read my review, if cussing and a few implied things don't bother you, then go and read this book! It's great, you'll love it! :D *Just went a looked on wattpad......she is writing a sequeal and is 30 "chapters" into it, but has not updated in a year. I am literally about to start crying! WHY ALI NOVARK WHY?!?!?!?*

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