The Year Nick McGowan Came To Stay

Adapted from the novel by Rebecca Sparrow. It’s 1989, the end of the decade that re-defined BIG hair. Everyone’s wearing fingerless gloves, leg warmers and re-re skirts while roller–skating to the DIRTY DANCING soundtrack. It’s the year Barbbie turned 30, the Berlin Wall fell, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and Kylie & Jason took the UK by storm.

Meanwhile in Brisbane, teenager Rachel Hill is slowly losing her cool. In this prequel to Rebeccca Sparrow’s smash hit novel THE GIRL MOST LIKELY, Nick McGowan comes to stay in Rachel’s family home. Sparks begin to fly as secrets are slowly shared.

  • 90
  • 5 total
  • 3 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • 16 to 18
  • teen, young adult, children
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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 49

EXTRACT: This one week, everything had been really shitty. I put a huge amount of work into a Biology assignment and got a really bad mark. And in English, Leo Bremmer dropped a pencil on the floor and looked up my dress. He told the other boys that I was wearing pink undies. And that I had fat legs. We had swimming the next day and I was going to have to be in swimmers in front of Leo and the other boys. All I could think about was, I didn't want them to see me.

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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 10

EXTRACT: The suicide rumours started going around about Nick McGowan pretty much as soon as school went back. Some people said he'd tried to overdose on sleeping tablets and that his best friend had had to give him mouth-to-mouth. That he'd left a note asking to be buried in his "Dire Straits" T-shirt and that under no circumstances was anyone to play anything by Bette Midler or from the movie Beaches at his funeral.

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Male | Teen | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 75

EXTRACT: But now I tell her to ring whenever she wants. Tonight she dreamt she saw Jason sitting at her desk. Apparently Jase reminded her to keep training Tads, their border collie, to shake hands because pretty soon he'd do it. And that he was with her, all the time. That's why Sam called. She wanted to tell me about her dream. So I reckon she can call me any time she likes really.

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