Okay. So I decided to first read Ali Novak’s (aka Fallzswimmer)‘s debut novel which also happened to take form as a Wattpad story. It’s really a writer’s dream come true! She had started the novel when she was only fifteen. What a feat. Given that I’m a frustrated writer, I really admire and envy her at the same time.
I honestly liked My Life with the Walter Boys more so than The Heartbreakers. There is a certain theme the way Ali Novak writes her novels based from what are currently published (My Life with the Walter Boys, The Heartbreakers, Paper Hearts). There is this big problem which is supposed to be heart-wrenching, dramatic, which drives the protagonist of the story and wherein the guy will then get warped into. However, I can’t seem to connect with the “driving force”of the characters. Nonetheless, I’ve completed two novels and am halfway through Paper Hearts at the time of writing.
My Life with the Walter Boys is about Jackie and how she started living with her mom’s best friend’s family after her whole family died of car accident. Katherine, her mom’s best friend happens to have 12 kids (11 boys + 1 girl). And of course, romance ensues. She was caught in a love triangle between two of the brothers, Cole and Alex. Then, in the end, it’s Cole who won.
I still felt not much connection to the tragic story behind the girl protagonist because it’s not really showing much in the emotions Jackie is seen all through the novel and there’s not enough background with the family itself to invest my feeleings in but i honestly liked the story. With a lot of characters to work on, Ali Novak did a pretty good job tying everyone in the story more or less. I also liked the interactions between Cole, Alex, and Jackie, the three main characters especially. There’s a lot of buts and why is he/she acting like that moments but all in all, I think I liked this novel best so far from her. Recommended for those who wants a sweet, easy read.