Blurb (from Goodreads):
A girl named Mike is transplanted against her will to the middle of Nowhere—a town so small that cow tipping is considered to be a fun pastime for teens on a Saturday night! Sure that life as she knows it is over, she meets a boy named Dooner who’s never lived anywhere else and can’t wait to get out of town on the football scholarship that’s going to be his ticket to a better life, away from his father. Sparks fly between them, but it’s not exactly love at first sight.
Will they find a way into each other’s heart despite the fact that they come from very different backgrounds? Will it change how they both feel about Nowhere?
And will Nowhere become the somewhere they’ve been searching for?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Marysue Hobika.)
The last thing 17-year-old Mikayla wants is to move from the city and her friends, to the middle of nowhere to live with her grandfather, but her mother has made the decision and there’s nothing she can do about it.
Leaving her sister Emma to suck up to the cheerleaders, Mikayla instead befriends James Dooner, the one guy on the football team who isn’t really liked by the other team-members. As they spend time together, Mikayla begins to fall for James, but with her cousin Tyler warning her off of him, and everyone else seemingly trying to come between them, is there really any hope for James and Mikayla’s relationship to become something real?
This book was a sweet YA/NA contemporary romance, with some steamy (for YA) little scenes between Mikayla and James that were great!
I liked Mikayla; I liked how she tried to stand up for herself, and wasn’t afraid to go against everyone else if they were doing something she didn’t approve of. I also liked the way she was honest with people, and didn’t bend to peer pressure, even when it was difficult. I also liked the way that she wasn’t best-friends with her sister, and didn’t have a problem telling her off when she borrowed her clothes. It’s nice to come across siblings that aren’t Best Friends Forever – in real life siblings don’t always get on!
James was a total sweetie, and I loved how much he loved Mikayla, and how open he was with her about his feelings. The romance between them was lovely, and there were a few steamy moments that got my heart racing with excitement, even though there was nothing graphic. This book does mention sex on several occasions though so this is probably more suited to an older teen audience.
I liked the storyline in this book, and although I wasn’t quite as interested in the football side of things, the romance element made up for this. There were a few events that I didn’t see coming, and the way that people kept trying to mess up Mikayla and James’ relationship certainly had me wanting to know what happened next!
Overall; a good YA contemporary romance.
7 out of 10.
Nowhere will be at the special sale price of $1.99 this weekend only!