Always Second Best Sometimes being first isn t what you expected Seventeen year old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best And she s going to prove the world she deserves to be first In her upcomi

  • Title: Always Second Best
  • Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
  • ISBN: 9781517270209
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sometimes being first isn t what you expected Seventeen year old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best And she s going to prove the world she deserves to be first In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase In the eyes of her birth parents And in the heart of the guy she loves She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becom Sometimes being first isn t what you expected Seventeen year old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best And she s going to prove the world she deserves to be first In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase In the eyes of her birth parents And in the heart of the guy she loves She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change But when nothing goes the way she planned, she ll need to realize what it really means to be first Eighteen year old Nick Grawski doesn t want to follow Daddy Dearest s rules any longer He s going to prove he s meant to be a dancer not a lawyer and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it He needs to show Em that this time around he s there to stay and that he won t break her heart again Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love ALWAYS SECOND BEST is a novel of hope and heartbreak and broken dreams It s a novel about falling in love and discovering that being first isn t always what matters.

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    1. *I received digital ARC of this book from Victory Editing through Netgalley*Review is also posted on This is the kind of book that I wanted to love but couldn’t nevertheless. There were some points that I found good but I had problems with majority parts of it. Please know that Always Second Best is part of a series but you could enjoy it anyway as a standalone.Sixteen years old Em had her heart broken by a boy last summer. That summer should’ve been the summer she earns the ‘price’ of h [...]

    2. There are so many things to love about Always Second Best. This is a multifaceted story if ever there was one. It broke my heart, halfway attempted to put it back together, and then broke it all over again. Always Second Best has Romeo & Juliet vibes for the modern YA audience, with a very different ending. It's a novel of love and of loss that shows us it's okay--even important--to question the things we feel so certain that we want. And same with relationships. Familial, romantic, platonic [...]

    3. **Review for A Summer Like No Other & Always Second Best ***3 “Best friend's sister romance” STARSI’ve always been a fan of any variation of the “best friend to lovers” trope. In the Broken Dreams series there's a good combination of that because Emily is not only Nick’s best friend’s little sister, but Em is also one of the people he trusts the most. Em & Nick’s relationship is not only linked to Robert (Em’s brother), but they have history together. They’d been ther [...]

    4. You can see the full review HEREI read A Summer Like no Other a couple of months ago and because of that as soon as I saw this book available for request on NetGalley I knew I needed to read it especially after the way that A Summer Like no Other ended. I wasn’t disappointed with this book. I loved the characters and seeing their development through the book. One thing I especially loved was that once Em and Nick were together there were no problems in their relationship that we are used to se [...]

    5. DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review.Getting to read the books back-to-back, one right after the other helped still my aching heart. If I did not have this book to continue Em and Nick's story, I think I might have had a heart attack. I am joking, but I am also very serious. I seem to take some things far too seriously, and my heart just throws me to the ground. My mom saw me pounding at my chest, I had just finished reading this, and she looked at me with bul [...]

    6. Another great read by Elodie Nowodazkij!!Picking up eight months from when Emilia and Nick were together, they see themselves as attempting to work around one another. Emilia is unable to be around Nick because she loves him. She has been crushed by Nick going from one girl immediately onto the next. In order to get her mind on other things, she begins focusing all her attention on dancing and the showcase.I finished this book in a matter of hours. I felt the emotion and pain that Emilia was goi [...]

    7. I thought it was the perfect ending for these two, even though I was hoping for a wedding lol But I love how Elodie writes and she brought Em and Nick together in a great way.

    8. Em and Nick had one summer together, where they both knew that their relationship would have an expiration date. It has been months since that summer, which was both amazing and heartbreaking. Em has to face the rejection of her birth mother and too many secrets to keep track of. Nick has to deal with his father controlling every aspect of his life, including who he dates, so he can keep going to the dance academy. They both have so much baggage, but together they just might be strong enough to [...]

    9. This is a two book series that follows Emilia and Nick who are both dancers at the same school. Emilia is adopted and has a brother named Roberto who happens to be Nick's best friend. Emilia, Nick and Roberto have been close friends and hung out together a lot in the past few years. The story is told from two point of views Emilia and Nick and goes back and forth in chapters.The first book is about Emilia's search for her mother and answers about her adoption. Emilia's adopted father has lost hi [...]

    10. ( Source: Thanks to Net Galley and for the publisher. This will not affect my reviews. )This story affect me so much, not in a bad way. They say “Make your Passion be your Profession”. And this story is all about Passion, Second Chances, and Dreams.When I read this, there’s always a pang of sadness on me every time I read the point of views of Nick and Em and how hard it is for them after what happened last summer. Their wanting to be each other is KILLING ME!! And we can relate to this st [...]

    11. *I recieved ARCs from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinion, and all thoughts expressed in this review is unbiased and my own.*Emilia is struggling with making her parents proud of her, and she feels like she’s never good enough. This has a lot to do with the fact that she is adopted. She is also trying to get her birth-mother to talk to her. At the same time, she’s struggling with her feelings for Nick, especially after their summer together, [...]

    12. (I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)Always second bestTypo Error:- Chapter 37: It should be Roberto who had blood poisoning and not Nick. - Chapter 44 (page 168): where Nick shared about the last time he went to a hospital:“…the last time I went to the hospital was when my grandmother passed away. I still remember him taking his last breath.”First of all, I’m thankful for having the opportunity to read this book before it has been publish. I love Noona. I [...]

    13. Full review HEREI received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.As soon as I was done with A Summer Like No Other, I started with this novel, which I was glad to have received from the publisher through Netgalley (thank you!). I was glad to read more about Em and Nick, I really like them!This book picks up several months after their failed relationship in the summer and I was pleasantly surprised that although the romance is a big part of the book, it is [...]

    14. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley.This was kind of a Danielle Steele for teenagers: lots of melodrama, plenty of forbidden romance, some who-are-my-real-parents action. It got to the point where it was just a barrage of bad things all happening one after the other, which almost made it comical.The story is told from two narrators, but their voices are so similar that I would often forget which one was talking and get confused (as they were the male and female romantic leads). Both fea [...]

    15. Seventeen year old ballerina Emilia Moretti has felt second best her whole life, and she has decided that she is going to show the world that she can be the best. (The world mainly being her birth mother and her ex best friend/summer fling.) "But when everything went crashing faster than a dancer missing his or her landing, I still had hope. I dreamed he'd come and knock at my door, that he'd tell me he was sorry, that he'd fight for me."​Like most teenage girls (and hell, us adults as well!), [...]

    16. Book three in the Broken Dreams series. Best to read A Summer Like No Other before this to really follow along.Eight months after their summer together, Emilia and Nick find themselves tiptoeing  around each other. For Emilia, being around Nick is just too difficult for her because she's in love with him. Nick flitting from one girl to the next has crushed her. She just doesn't know why they only had one summer. She tries to focus on her dancing, since the showcase is coming up and helping her [...]

    17. I've read all books up to this one in the series, so I was excited to see how Em's and Nick's stories would continue.This book was as much a pleasure to read as the others, and the characters still grabbed, pulled me in and had me wishing life would finally go their way. There's some tension between Em and Nick thanks to their sort of relationship/break-up, and the way both of them build up walls seemed very realistic for people their age.The story itself moves along at a nice pace.r with super- [...]

    18. I must admit I wasn't really wowed by this. I found the plot a little predictable. Nowodazkij seemed to resort to melodramatics (car accidents, life threatening illnesses, mysterious deaths alluded to with weak coughs, botched affairs, adoptions and surprise siblings) every time she wanted to get the plot moving. At times it felt like I was watching a second rate soap opera unfold. For the most part the story is competently written. Occasionally the dialogue felt out of sync with the characters. [...]

    19. Je ne serais pas complètement objectif puisque je connais l'auteur ;-)Vraiment j'ai plus aimé ce deuxième volet des aventures d'Emi que le précédent. Moins introspectif, plus rythmé, l'auteur se bonifie. LA relation sentimentale d'Emi est toujours au centre de l'histoire, mais elle n'est plus l'élément fondamental de celle-ci.Un reproche, qui n'en est pas vraiment un, mais plus une crainte, les personnages. Si bien sûr les personnages principaux sont bien définis, les autres sont plus [...]

    20. Romantic yet honest, this is a coming-of-age novel about looking beyond the pressure to succeed and taking control of your own happiness.Emilia is concentrating on her forthcoming auditions to show the world, her birth mother, her parents, and her ex just how good she is. Nick is determined to dance for himself and get Em to give him a second chance. But when her world starts crashing around her, they both need to dig deep to realise what it is that truly matters.Coming-of-age, romance, and the [...]

    21. I received this book and the previous ones in the series courtesy of the author.I loved this book. Loved it. Getting to know the characters and watching them go through so much and grow from it is an amazing thing. So many characters in books these days are so flat. No personality, no growth. But Elodies characters are the complete opposite and it's a wonderful thing. The storyline was great, the book moved along almost seamlessly. However there were a few small things, mistakes or some repetiti [...]

    22. I am glad, that I got a chance to read this book, so I got a ending to Em and Nicks story. I like the book, it was clear from the start, that Em and Nick still had feelings for each other after their summerromance. I really like how their relationship was in the end of the book. I really don't like neither of Em's and Nick's father's and all their secrets, it was a lot of secrets, but some of them turn out to help Em understand a lot about herself and who she is and nick was by her side all the [...]

    23. Great story of a true-to-life romance between two young people who have the same interests -- ballet. Em and Nick are really two typical teenagers, with one exception. Em's father has been fired by Nick's father and Nick's father has forbidden him to continue a relationship with Em. In spite of this, love finds a way and a severe illness of Em's brother leads to a reconciliation of the fathers. Nick also gains the ability to talk to his father about what really matters to him, and gains his fath [...]

    24. So happy to have the chance to finish reading about Em and Nick! I read their novella this summer and to see their story find it's way to a conclusion was lovely. In the world of ballet, full of twisted relationships and lies, these two find their way back to each other after letting their families get in their way. Beautiful and heartbreaking because of the different challenges that they are facing, I was very satisfied with the way this story went and I hope to find another by Nowadzkij where [...]

    25. After reading the prequel to this book, I was anxious to find out what happened to Nick and Em and to finally learn the truth behind Em's adoption.I loved Em and Nick's character growth. She's such a sweetheart and I'm glad she found happiness. And kudos to Nick for taking a stand.There was drama and romance and a hopeful ending and reading this series makes me feel like I'm visiting old friends (Nonna is THE BEST and I wish her restaurant was real so I could go there).

    26. This was horrible, some much BS drama all for nothing. For the first 70% nothing is really happening then all off a sudden we have to much happening that not makes sense either and everyone is getting a trip to the hospital.The characters had no depth they were one dimensional. The love building was stupid and made no freaking sense. I wanted to slap the characters so many times.

    27. Sometimes you read a book thinking this is really good, I'm enjoying this book and then the plot twist smacks you in the face and wow and then it ends and you're thinking how did I not read this sooner all while in tears. That was this book.

    28. Another great book by author Elodie Nowodazkij! The writing is fantastic! The plot of the story amazing! This author knows how to make her readers fall in love with the characters of her book! *Received for an honest review*

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