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.
I read this book for the first time on Wattpad, so I was upper excited to buy it on my Kindle in order to support one of my favourite Wattpad authors.
This book started my recent craving for YA contempary novels and was one of those novels you read in 24 hours and can’t put down. All of the Walter boys are so individual and adorable, I wish I was a part of their family. I can’t even decide who is my favourite, I love them all so much, which is rare for me as I usually have a firm favourite in most of the books I read.
I liked Jackie so much more this time round. When I read this book on Wattpad, I felt as if Jackie was solely defined by the accident, however in this new and improved version, I felt as if she was her own person with her own quirks and characteristics. The characters I didn’t like were her friends, they were very flat 2D characters who were almost like props in the novel to show Jackie had a life outside the Walter boys. There was really no need for these badly written characters, in my opinion.
This book did contain a love triangle, however it wasn’t your typical, awkward. teenage angsty love triangle that just makes you want to throw your book (or Kindle in this case) across the room. This was a mature, realistic, carefully dealt with love triangle that didn’t make my skin crawl or leave a nasty taste in my mouth. I liked both boys, even though they both screwed up at times. Although sometimes their battle was immature and the high school gossip got challenging to bear, for me this novel hit the spot. It was a fast paced, entertaining read, which is exactly what I needed on my holiday after a long term at school. I am making absolutely no claims that this novel is beautifully written, though provoking literature, however I did enjoy it.