Review: A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij

The Blurb

A Broken Dreams Novella…
She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.
They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

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.

The Review

Oh I do love a good romance and that is exactly what I got with Elodie Nowodazkij’s novella A Summer Like No Other. Knock your socks off romance!

To begin with I was a little confused because Nowodazkij seemed to be offering quite a lot of back story but then when you are writing a novella you only have limited space for exposition so it made sense just to throw the readers into the story. I learnt to appreciate that because the romance started early one. In a lot of romantic novels you have to have this massive build up before two people get together and then within a couple of chapters it has all fallen apart before it reaches its inevitable happy ending; it was a refreshing change to get to see the love blossom straight away.

Another interesting element of the story is how both Nick and Em’s parents both act and equally react to the different situations handed to them. It is a novel about realising that your parents don’t always have the answers or act in the way that you want them too. It was secondary to the romance but still an interesting twist.

I will admit I became really angry when I read the final page; I was yelling that Nowodazkij could not end the story like that. Then I realised that she was releasing a full novel following Em and Nick and was pacified.

Elodie Nowodazkij has tapped into the mind of a young adult and expresses their fears, worries and hopes in such an elegant way; it was an absolute joy and pleasure to read A Summer Like No Other.

A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij is available from the 30th of July 2015.

Follow Elodie Nowodazkij (@ENowodazkij) on Twitter.

A Summer Like No Other

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