Life is going smoothly for Rachel. She’s in her senior year of high school and her only worries are her maintaining her grades and winning the Best Party Hostess award at her job. Then Nick McGowan comes to stay with her family. Nick is a senior at her school. He used to be the top student in her grade but then something happened over summer break. Now he’s pulling fire alarms and getting kicked out of school housing. Rachel and Nick don’t get along, until Rachel realizes that rumors aren’t always true and people can surprise you.
The Year Nick McGowan Came To Stay has an interesting plot. Bad guy comes to live with goody-two-shoes girl and spices up her life. It follows that both guy and girl should learn something from each other, but I wasn’t totally convinced of that. Rachel didn’t suddenly realize that grades and awards aren’t everything. And Nick didn’t change his ways and suddenly start getting good grades again. The book did show that rumors are hardly ever true and that it’s best to just ask people questions rather than guessing at the truth. However, another main detractor for today’s audience is the timeline of the book. It’s set in the 90s and has a ton of 80s references. Not that this is bad but it does have the feeling of a novel that sat in a box for ten years before getting published.