Jackie Howard has always been prim, proper, and perfect. But 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?
Novak's first novel which she wrote at age 15 and posted on social network Wattpad, where it gained a large fan base is set just after 16-year-old Jackie's entire family dies in a car accident. She moves from New York City to Colorado with her mother's good friend, her new guardian. Now, Jackie will be living on a ranch with a family of 11 boys (including two sets of twins), their sole unfriendly sister, and a pet snake. The chaotic household's constant noise, sibling conflicts, and disarmingly laidback environment leave her disoriented, but also distract her from her recent tragedy. A compulsive organizer by nature, Jackie learns that not everything can be compartmentalized, and a messy romantic entanglement only throws her life into further disarray. Novak spreads the story thin, introducing multiple characters without developing them much. Prosaic descriptions at times undermine the story's emotional depth, and Jackie's response to her tremendous loss comes across as mechanical. Yet the themes of seizing rather than planning each moment and allowing for life's untidiness are explored with energy and humor. Ages 12 up.
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I love this it is amazing. I did read it a while back on wattpad and once I started I couldn't stop.
From Wattpad to here! AMAZING BOOK!!!!
This book was amazing when I read it on Wattpad...
I've read Ali's books on Wattpad, and I'm super excited to buy her published books and so proud of her! She's an amazing writer, and from what I know of her she's an amazing person!
MLWTWB is an amazing story of heartbreak and the journey to move on from death. MLWTWB is also an awesome love story!!! While I already know who she ends up with, each time I re-read (yes re-read) this book it's just as suspenseful! Jackie is a totally relatable main character, and every situation she faces in this book are equally relatable! Read this book! You'll love it, I promise!! (:
The first time I read this book, I read it in TWO straight days during summer. While this version of the book is different than the one I read on Wattpad, I know it'll be just as great!! I'm VERY excited to read it!
Every book Ali writes is amazing, so I hope more get published! Congrats Ali on your new publication! I'm a devoted Wattpad reader and I can wait for March 1!!!
Your proud Wattpad fan,
Absolutely loved it!
This book was a really great read!