AUTHOR: Elodie Nowodazki
PUBLICATION: Published June 26th 2014 by Createspace
GENRE: YA/NA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 296pages (paperback)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
RATING: 3 ★★★1/2
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When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.
Last year,seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.
But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.
At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.
When upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.
Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?
I love ballerinas! I actually envy them. I know that what they do requires talent and skills. I’d be lying if I say that I didn’t dream of becoming one when I was younger. Our protagonist here, Natalya, is a beautifully broken girl who tries to deal with the aftermath of a tragic accident that has cost the life of her father and her dream of becoming a world class ballerina. And even though her mother is still alive, she feels like she also lost her too.
This book dealt with so much dark and painful topics. Alcohol, death, broken dreams.. I guess that’s why I liked it. Because with a plot like this, it’s hard to keep the readers reading without making them so emotionally drained that they have to stop reading. One, Two, Three has it’s light moments. And even with it’s hard and sad storyline, it’s full of hope!
It’s really surprising how much I identified to Natalya. You don’t even have to be a dancer to relate to her. I guess because at some point I felt that feeling that Natalya has been dealing with. I mean, don’t we all have a dream that we thought we will never accomplish because of an event that were out our hands? Nope, Natalya isn’t the only one. Tonio is different though. I didn’t like him at first, I eye-rolled too much when he came first to the scene. I just found him too cocky and so full of himself. I was actually so worried that he might ruin the book for me but thank goodness for revealed secrets. Turns out, Tonio is dealing with pretty hard stuff too. And yeah, even though I didn’t like him that much at first, I felt for him.
I’m still conflicted about the ending, though I agree with how the story was constructed and why this and that has to happen, the ending isn’t too concrete for me. It feels sooo open. I really want an ending that settles things. But then again, this is a series so I guess I just have to wait. Overall, One Two Three is an emotionally charged read with realistic premise and characters. Loss, friendship and love, I recommend this for Contemporary lovers out there!
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Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She’s also a serial smiley user.