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Nova in New York

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Nova Abbott grew up dancing barefoot in the backyard with her aunt Ivy, whose dreams of becoming a professional ballerina were cut short by cystic fibrosis. Nova is invited to attend a prestigious ballet school's summer intensive program. She is a bit overwhelmed by New York City: the bustle of people, the talent of the other dancers, the demands of the ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Orca Book Publishers
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of NOVA IN NEW YORK by Katherine Richards in exchange for my honest review.***

Nova, away from home for the first time, feels tentative about her ballet intensive workshop. Dancing not just for herself, but for her aunt Ivy, whose career ended due to cystic fibrosis, Nova carries extra expectations and the questioning whether ballet is her passion, or if she feels obligated to her aunt.

Teens and tweens will identify with Nova and her
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received Nova in New York through NetGalley in exchange for a review. Thanks to Orca Book Publishing for allowing me a copy!


Nova in New York follows a teenager from a small town as she enrolls on a prestigious summer course at a ballet school in New York. Nova leaves behind her family – an absentminded father obsessed with the stars and an aunt who dreamed of dancing but lives with cystic fibrosis – to take on three weeks of intensive training under strict tutors. Struggling without their
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Nova in New York is a cute novella about a girl going to New York for dance. It's about being on your own for the first time. Great for younger readers. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
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I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for this wonderful opportunity!

Now onto my summarized thoughts:

I’m not giving this a 1 star because it’s problematic. Rather, I’m giving this that rating because in my opinion, it wasn’t well-written. In a summary, this book is so short, so everything felt rushed. All the scenes aren’t fleshed out, and I honestly
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, arcs
ARC Review: Received for free via Netgalley for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Rating: 3.5

Lmao, what was that ending!?!!??!?

Okay, I really enjoyed this. I was routing for Nova the whole time and I'm happy about things turned out for her.

But that ending. That is one hell of a cliffhanger! But I believe that Aunt Ivy got better and she got out of hospital and was able to watch Nova perform her first solo and Nova and Beth stay best friends forever and everything is right in the world.
Liz M.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am pretty disappointed in this book; the story was uncomplicated and predictable and the characters not well developed. This might be a good middle grade read or for someone not inclined to reading, since the story is simple and uncomplicated.
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely little story!
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Very short book, which is a shame because the main character was interesting. I would have liked to see how this played out.

Well written and fun to read. Nice descriptions of the ballet moves and a fairly good detailing of the main character considering the shortness of the book.

This one ended too quickly.
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Jen Solak
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for a middle school student or a high school student who doesn’t love reading (yet) or even for an upper level ESL student! This story is heavy on dance terminology, but explains each move so that even a non-dancer can understand it. Watching our main character Nova leave home where he dad and her aunt will be alone in order to pursue a dance opportunity in NYC is relatable for teens thinking about college or striking out on their own. Nova’s aunt Ivy was a dancer before she ...more
Tarah Schaeffer
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
love stories about the performing arts! As someone born with a physical disability I was never able to do ballet. Though I did ballet for an episode of Sesame Street I never became a professional. So I love reading about characters that are interested in it whether or not they wish for it to be a career.

This is a mini-novel so it was a quick read that I finished within a day. My favorite part was the author's descriptions of how dance made nova feel. How the world around her felt when she
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