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Second Position

(District Ballet Company #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  608 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Four years ago, a car accident ended Zedekiah Harrow’s ballet career and sent Philadelphia Ballet principal dancer Alyona Miller spinning toward the breakdown that suspended her own. What they lost on the side of the road that day can never be replaced, and grief is always harshest under a spotlight...

Now twenty-three, Zed teaches music and theatre at a private school in W
ebook, 193 pages
Published April 13th 2015 by Carina Press
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Me, trying to write a review for this:

Because how the ACTUAL fuck do I put my feels into words? This book is like some sort of White Whale of literature. One of those elusive tomes that rises up out of the deep and swallows you whole. And once you’re caught between its pages, you realize that the whole reason you kept stubbornly sailing the NA seas even after most of your friends abandoned ship was because you’ve been waiting for it to devour you all alo
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Navessa

4.5 stars. I wish I could have stopped crying but alas, I guess that's what happens when you read such a poignant and beautiful story.

I regret nothing.

▨ I wish I could express how and why I think that Zed and Aly's journey should be read, but alas, I have this ball of emotions boiling in myself right now and I'm honestly afraid to let it go.

I still welcome all the overwhelming feels because sometimes, you just have to.

I wish I could quote the hell out of this breathtaking and heartbreaking
sil ♡ the book voyagers
YES YES MANY YESES TO THIS BOOK. The story just consumes you. I seriously don't know what to say other than I am so happy I got to read this amazing and - you know, it's like a punch in the stomach? it's so real it hurts. But you feel good??? It's a book that makes you feel all kinds of things.

{Review will be up closer to release day}


It's not even possible to explain my undying love for this book.

Since the first time I heard of it, I was captivated and intrigued by the blurb. You
What a beautiful, romantic, thoughtful, lyrical, and unique book. There was so much to love within, from the passion of the characters for both each other and dance to the quick, clever therapy sessions between Alyona and Dr. Ham. It's a far more character-driven novel than most New Adult books, and I didn't realize how much I was missing them from the category until I fell head over heels in love with the two narrators driving this one. I'm so, so glad there are more books featuring Zed and Aly ...more
Sherwood Smith
This romance turned out to be at the edge of my interest, that is written unrelentlessly in intimate space, so that the entire book focuses in tightly on the inner and outer lives of the romantic couple. Aly and Zed had been besties since they were kids in ballet school, and lovers more recently--before a car crash took away Zed's leg, and with it, his dance career, and caused Aly to miscarry their child.

Four years later, after total silence between them, they happen to meet in a coffee bar in W
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New adult is not my favorite genre. I occasionally pick up books from this category, but very few NA books make me feel.

Second Position is Katherine Locke’s debut novel and can be read as a stand-alone. I read the prequel first and it gave me a better understanding of their back stories and what happened to Aly and Zed four years ago.

Zed and Aly met at age 13

...the Zed I met on the day of auditions, the boy who wanted to love a world that didn’t love him back, the boy who composed music
Molli Moran
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THE PROSE, YOU GUYS. Katie writes super beautifully. It's haunting. It's descriptive to the point that you're THERE, feeling what the characters feel, seeing what they see, aching with them. Because of how gorgeously Locke writes, you immediately get drawn into SECOND POSITION effortlessly, there in that coffee house where Zed and Aly come face to face for the first time in years.

When we talk about "second chance romances," (aka the number 1 way to get me to read a book), I have to list Katie's
Caitlin Rantala
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It swept me off my feet and made me wish I was a dancer. It made me resent the fact that my parents let me quit dance classes when I was nine (thanks a lot, Mom and Dad). It made me want to find a dancer to fall in love with (so then HE could teach me how to dance!).

The emotional, reflective story that Locke weaves is truly a breath of fresh air in the New Adult genre. The characters and their issues are real and tangible; and I love a story told from dual perspectives – espe
Rashika (is tired)

READ THIS BOOK if you love complex relationships and slow burn second chance romances. PLEASE DO IT.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Rating: 4.5 stars

Reading books by authors you know, whether just online or in real life, never really gets less nerve-wracking. I’ve never met Katherine Locke, but I talk to her fairly regularly on Twitter. When I saw she had a debut with Carina Press, I was happy for her, but I wasn’t sure if I ought to read it. Not liking the book of someone who might actually notice is just the worst. Still, I’m a curious cat, and I coul
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
THIS SHIP JUST ABOUT KILLED ME OK. I love second chance romance stories especially when it's between best friends. The romance was on point; I laughed and swooned and cried some. This book is hot and emotional and so freakig feels-y <3

The writing is gorgeous, compelling and truly crawls under your skin to create little sparks inside you. I think the writing is what made the characters shine and their struggles, fears and worries punched deep hurt into me as well. The ballet and dancing part were
tw // anorexia, alcoholism, self harm, mention of suicide, miscarriage, self image issues

- 2020 reread -

I don't think that any other book has touched my heart like this one, I'm completely in love with these characters and they have a special place in my heart. Seeing Aly and Zed living and making mistakes it's everything to me, these people went through a lot- A LOT- and still got so much love for each other and the world around them.

The chemistry between them is unmatchable, I truly believe th
Chasia Lloyd
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I got to a sentence early on in the book that both accurately sums up the book and made me aware that I would finish the book in one day or dry my eyes out trying.

“Second Position” is about recovery. Aly and Zed already had their metaphorical and literal car crash four years prior to the start of the novel. As a res
Kari Rhiannon (Moon Magister Reviews)
This is my first real foray into the New Adult genre...well, potentially the contemporary genre as well. I tend to avoid books that focus too much on real life, six years of medical school means I see the tumult of human existence everyday and don't necessarily want to go home and read about it in my down time too. My one exclusion from the rule is contemporary books focusing on mental health. I'm always curious to see how my medical area of interest is portrayed on the page, and it was that whi ...more
Elizabeth May
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first contemporary romance I've read in a long time, and WOW. Just. WOW. I'm still putting my feelings together and trying not to gush all over GR about Katherine Locke's beautiful writing and the characters and the story. So basically: this book is really fucking good and you all should read it. ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ by: Navessa

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Alyona Miller is a famous ballerina. Zedekiah Harlow used to be a famous ballerina. Then the two of them got into a terrible accident and life as they knew it ceased. Alyona lost a baby, and her already fragile mental health. Zedekiah lost his leg and his girl. When the two meet by chance in a coffee shop after being estranged for years, they're both forced to come to terms with what happened.

And how they're going to proceed.

I don't read
I love ballet themed things an unhealthy amount. So when a friend told me about this series, I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. And it was totally worth it. I mean, a ballerina with an acknowledged eating disorder who's also struggling with anxiety and self harm who's in love with her former ballet partner who lost his leg in a car accident? That's not exactly your standard boy-meets-girl contemporary.

Aly's eating disorder and Zed's disability were both handled really well, and their
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed that! Makes me wish I could go to the ballet now.

While not required, reading the prequel, TURNING POINTE (free link on the author's website), does provide background on Aly and Zed's relationship in all it's complicated beauty.

Locke's prose is as lyrical as the dance her characters perform. And she does a fantastic job of delving deeper into the issues surrounding both Aly and Zed which made their story feel authentic and real. There are no easy fixes. Healing and recovery takes time
Candice Montgomery
I don't want to say that this book hit me harder because of the fact that I dance ballet but holy fucking hooker, it sure felt like every feeling was magnified and zoomed in on for my express purpose. It was hard to read because of how spot on so much of the dancer's life and lifestyle and feelings and thoughts were conveyed. Every word has purpose. Every scene, laugh and touch between Zed and Aly was so delectably precise. Never been so thrilled to live in a ballet book as I was to ache and liv ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be one of the very first readers of this book and devoured it in one sitting. I love Zed and Aly and can't wait for their story to be out in the world. This is NA, but more lyrical and self-reflective than anything else on the market. You don't want to miss this one! ...more
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It's always nice to be able to say "this doesn't read like normal NA" and mean it. I've read a few lately that makes me cautiously optimistic, but really I wonder if books like this one are actually NA outliers. Either way, I enjoyed this a lot. ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this is a surprising and very sturdy book about two people. super loved a lot about it, but i think mostly the characterization was done extremely well. can't wait for the sequel! ...more
DNF. Might come back to this one. Really really depressing which I'm just not in the mood for right now. ...more
A heavier, more emotionally-taxing New Adult book than I’m used to reading, but I enjoyed it all the same. It’s not that common to find books that tackle eating disorders, especially portrayals of anorexia that are as realistic that this was. I appreciated that there were fluctuations in her recovery process: the relapses into disordered thought and behaviours. Her mental illness wasn’t treated as a minor obstacle or angst-factor. There was weight and severity to it.

I did find the conversations
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I HAVE NO WORDS FOR THIS I- i loved this book so much and it made me feel so many things, i love the characters with all my heart and i would do ANYTHING for them!!
Maria Rose
I'm a regular attendee at our local ballet, having had season tickets for several years and quite used to seeing 3 or 4 productions a year ranging from classical to modern ballet. When I saw that Katherine Locke had released a new adult novel based in the world of ballet I was very intrigued to see how she would approach the story. Because new adult romances (at least in my experience) tend to have a lot of angst and emotional topics, I knew it wouldn't be an easy read, and I had high expectatio ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I've always been a fan of anything to do with dance because of it's grace and delicateness (if that's not a word, it is now) so when Nori from Read Write Love 28 came up with the Sunday Street Team and gave me the opportunity to review this book i was ecstatic! From the Minute I picked the book up, I fell in love! I absolutely love the fact that the book was told in two different points of view and that both of the main characters were broken. Usually what I've found wi
Ngoc Diep
"In the moments when the stage fails to save us, we’ve always sought to find the bottom of the well where things are magical again. We’re each other’s fairy tales. Maybe that’s why we always come back to each other. Our story’s not finished yet."

**TW for ED, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and alcohol abuse**

What the fuck did I just read? Honestly, I'm so blown away. This book has easily become one of my all time favourites.
I thought the novella has already caught me off guard, but Second Position
This book goes straight to favourites. Because I cared about everything in it.

As is my habit, I went into it knowing nothing about the book except for the title and the cover. I expected a pretty standard romancey thing, but I was wrong.

This book is full of struggle and pain but without moaning or wallowing. It's full of love without being romance-centric or romanticizing dependence. It's full of strength, vulnerability, striving and failure. It's full of life, ultimately.

At 3% I knew this wasn
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I really liked this book. I read Turning Pointe (0.5) before this one and it wasn't what a I was expecting, so it was a great surprise that this book wasn't AT ALL like the 0.5.
Both Zed's and Aly's story touched my heart. All the feelings, all their fears, it was so real and palpable. They both have made mistakes, they both have regrets, they both are learning to live with the consequences of the accident, both physical and mental.
The developed of the book is gradual, and not to quickly nor t
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Katherine Locke lives and writes in a small town outside Philadelphia, where she’s ruled by her feline overlords and her addiction to chai lattes. She writes about that which she cannot do: ballet, magic, and time travel. She secretly believes all stories are fairytales in disguise. Her YA debut, THE GIRL WITH THE RED BALLOON, arrives September 2017 from Albert Whitman & Comapny.

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