Author: Ali Novak
]Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: 1st May 2014
Blurb Description: 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..
My Rating: 3 stars!
For Jackie Howard, there’s a plan. There always has been. A well thought out, perfectly sensible plan. She isn’t like her mother, one of the most famous fashion designers in New York- funny, beautiful, impulsive- nor her sister, Lucy, who is like her mother, smart and popular. She is shy, a little too studious and definitely not impulsive. Princeton- business school- and then join her father at the top of his million dollar empire- that’s her future!
Until, her world turns upside down- with her whole family passing into the realm of the unknown in a freak accident, and her being shipped off to another part of the country to life with her mother’s friend (Katherine Walter) and her family whom she barely knows anything about…
Here’s the catch- Katherine Walter has kids: 12 of them! And they’re all boys! (Well, 11, but the only girl acts like a boy anyway!)
From a spick and span penthouse in New York, to a ranch in Colorado- from a posh boarding school to public school- and from having virtually no boys in her life- to having 12! Twelve, super hot, drool worthy guys! Now, Jackie has to come out her shell, the small one she always was in as well as the one that she curled tightly into after the tragedy she suffered. After all, how else can you manage in a house filled with twelve males- who, to her, are almost another species- especially when two of them start showing an interest that is way more than brotherly!
As if the pain of losing her parent and sister wasn’t enough, now she has to enter a new world- full of pranks, chaos and boys! The Walter Boys are a fun bunch, with a beautiful ranch and each with his own different personality (some cliché and some not) that comes out as Jackie gets to know each one of them- slowly!
I really liked the book- it made me laugh and kept me hooked till the very end. I felt that some scenes were a little rushed, not emotionally explained as well as it could have been, but a fun, quirky read that will keep a smile playing at the corner of your lips nonetheless!