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Book Review: A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij


Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Emilia Moretti’s goal for the summer is simple: forget her brother’s best friend—Nick Grawsky—ever existed. It should be easy: He’s spending his summer in the Hamptons, adding girls in tiny bikinis to his list of broken hearts. Guarantee he won’t be telling them they’re like his little sisters. This summer, Emilia won’t stay awake at night thinking about him. She’ll need flawless ballet movements to have a shot at next year’s showcase, and she’s finally ready to search for her birth parents. But when Nick decides to stay in the city, Emilia’s resolve disappears in a pirouette. Maybe it’s the spin they needed to be together. As long as she doesn’t get stuck believing in happily ever after…

Nick is tired of pretending to be the happy, let’s-have-fun guy. His father wants him to change his career from professional dancer to…lawyer. He needs to put all of his focus on dancing to prove to Daddy Dearest he’s good enough to make it big. And he may have a case of the bluest balls in history courtesy of Emilia. She’s off-limits: The bro code with Roberto even forbids the dirty thoughts he has about her. Besides, he’s not boyfriend material. He only has time for flings, for girls who don’t expect much, for girls he doesn’t want to kiss goodnight. He knows he should resist her, but he’s not sure he wants to…

At least for this summer.

It’s going to be a summer like no other.


I was getting ready to complain that it was too short, when I went on goodreads and saw that this is a companion novella. *face palm*

*Warning. Spoilery Review*

We start of with Emilia and get to know her story. She’s adopted. She wants to know who biological parents are and doesn’t understand the secrecy behind her adoption. Also, she’s obsessed with Nick.

Then we get to see Nick’s POV. We see his life isn’t as amazing as it seems. His father fired Emilia’s dad. His father doesn’t approve of him dancing professionally. And also, he promised his best friend who is Emilia’s brother that he wouldn’t go out with his sister.

As the story progresses so does Nick and Emilia’s relationship. Emilia was a little whiny at times and I actually liked the development of Nick’s character more than Emilia’s. You can see him change and really start to grow on the page while Emilia is stuck on her issues, acting out rashly and at times very immaturely. At the end of the day though, my only complaint is that this novella was not a full length novel.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Disclaimer: Thank you NetGalley and Victory Editing for giving me the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book for free does not sway my opinion.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij”

  1. I didn’t even know it was a novella until I was halfway through and decided to research it XD I totally agree that this book would have been better if it was longer.

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