My Life with the Walter Boys – Ali Novak


Sixteen-year old Jackie Howard knows nothing about her new guardian Katherine Walter when she moves from New York to Colorado. After discovering that Katherine has twelve boys, Jackie fears that living in the Walter house isn’t going to be easy. It’s just icing on the cake that the boys look like Abercrombie models…


This book would’ve been so much cooler if Jackie built up relationships with all the guys (of decent age) rather than some overarching love triangle!

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, substantial book that seems to matter, this isn’t it. In fact, almost all of it felt inconsequential. It was a lot of cheese, a lot of teenage angst, and felt very superficial. Some aspects felt underdeveloped, and some characters unrealistically had changes of personality. The overarching conflicts got cleared up really easily. Also, Jackie’s life seem way too peachy-keen all the time. It was almost like looking from the manicpixiedreamgirl’s perspective, since I didn’t understand why the guys put up with her so much.

Especially the whole Cole thing… what? He’s moving on to university now, and a whole new world will open up to him. I doubt Jackie has “tamed the beast,” so to speak. It’s more like she was there at the right place and time (and was the one that got away). She had some really dumb reasons for avoiding him too. With the whole love triangle, I found it really strange that Katherine and George never stepped in. Were they really okay with all this happening at their house? Wasn’t it kind of weird since they were now all “family”?

Danny’s storyline was way too smooth… as if something like that would ever happen! Why would Cole say “bye” to Jackie, but not his own twin, who was leaving for several months? This book unrealistically put Jackie at the centre of the universe. Also, all the boys (+Parker) seemed to fit “niche” stereotypes rather than being fully fleshed out characters. I did have a soft spot for Nathan and Benny though. 

Despite my gripes, I still kind of enjoyed this story. Oops.

Related Reading

  • Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys – Kate Brian (these books are literally the same)
  • Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Something Real – Heather Demetrios

Rating: 4/5


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