A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij
Published July 30th 2015
Series: Yes 1/2
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.
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I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review, all opinions stated are of my own.
When I first got the email from Netgalley to say I had been approved to read A summer like no other, I was pumped to say the least. The blurb sounded really interesting and definitely like the kind of book I could get into… and I was definitely not disappointed.
A summer like no other follows Emilia and Nick, the somewhat ‘star-crossed lovers’ who are longing to be together but find themselves prevented by the non stop obstacles thrown their way. This leads to them making an agreement… one that could make or break their friendship, they decide to get together for the summer and then go back to being friends after that. But can sacrifices always work out for the greater good?
I enjoyed reading A summer like no other so much, I found myself getting completely engrossed in the story and the characters and becoming frustrated when their relationship suffered a setback. I was definitely championing for Emilia and Nick throughout the story and often wished they were given better circumstances so that they could be together.
Emilia was a honest character that often documented her feelings towards Nick during her POV’S. However, I did find her to be quite fragile and insecure often second guessing why Nick would choose her when he has his fair share of girls… I’m not sure if this is down to her deeper issues surrounding her adoption and birth mum and the feeling like she isn’t good enough because her mum abandoned her as a baby.
Although, I do believe that Nick is a lot more fragile than Emilia as he lacks independence due to his father constantly controlling his decisions through blackmail. It often seemed to me that Nick relied on Em to give him a sense of independence and freedom, as it isn’t something he is accustomed to.
There was one thing that irritated me about Nick though, he continuously lies to Em about the extent to which his father’s controlling goes to ‘protect her’, however if she really loved him she would actually understand and be angry that someone would put him through this, which made me question whether he was actually just quite selfish and cared more about his needs than hers.
If you’re anything like me the ending of A summer like no other will probably frustrate you because it finishes with such a climax, and quite frankly you don’t even see the ending coming. I kept scrolling right because I thought my phone was frozen as I could not believe the story was really finished, it seemed to fly by.
All-together, I totally ship Em and Nick’s relationship because I do think it is obvious how much they love each other and want to be together and I can not wait to see more of their adventures in the second novel.
Rating: 4* (due to the ending that left me wanting more)