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I grew up reading books like The Babysitter Club and The Boxcar Kids. Now I read Romance, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian and any mixture of these all depending on what my mood is. I love Stephen King, Michael Connolly, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs and many others.

The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay

The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay - Rebecca Sparrow I had read a few reviews of this and thought I'd give it a try. I hadn't heard of this one before. It was pretty cute. I had a hard time imagining this set it 1989, but one thing I didn't miss in this book, was the cellphones. No constant texting or checking of the phones at all times. It was a nice break from the texting era.

It was a given that Nick and Rachel wouldn't hit it off right away, but I liked the growth of these two characters. Not much in the way of romance, but there was a building support for the two that grows. Nick is in a bad spot and the rumors fly, as they do in school, about what his troubles might be. As I read more and found out more about Nick, the more I felt for him. At first, I thought he was going to be just another jerkish character who grows up. That wasn't the case. Here is a guy who is struggling with something real and it was nice to see something other than the superficial.

This is a cute, entertaining read. While it isn't overclouded with romance, it does have a nice coming of age story about it for both characters. It's definitely worth checking out!