Book Review: Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij

Always Second Best (Broken Dreams, #2)

Publisher: Createspace

Published: October 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 5/5

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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.


( 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.

While I’m reading 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 story because it faces the struggle of wanting to make your family proud of you and knowing and to follow your dreams.

” Being first doesn’t always mean the first place on the podium. Being first should be about learning what it is that makes you happy and pursuing that dream and not giving up and staying true to yourself. Being first should be about journey”

Em and Nick OHH!! I LOVE THEM BOTH, BUT IF I WOULD CHOOSE WHO I LOVE BETWEEN THEM, IT’S NICK. I love the characteristics of Nick, especially when he strive to do better and to prove to his dad that dancing is what he really loves. Even though his dad wants something for him. At first, I thought Nick is some kind of arrogant and stubborn son, but he is not. He easily switch girls from time to time because he follows his dad whenever he told him to date someone just for the sake of their business. But Nick changed because he loves EM.

We’ve known EM in the “A Summer Like This” that she found her true mother. And it’s been hard for her especially when she thought that her true mom don’t like her and it has a lot of revelation when her father revealed that he is her true father. But she has to be strong, and Nick is always on her side. Somehow, I relate to her about her passion. She may not be a lead to the showcase but she found what she really loves to do, it’s cooking. I admired her step mom, Amanda, because she’s a sweet, supportive and strong mom. It’s hard for her to accept the revelations of her husband. It was shocking revelation even to me.

Always Second Best follows a story of Nick and Em after their summer romance. A Summer Like No Other is the first part of the story.


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