One, Two, Three
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
Release Date: June 26, 2014
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?
This book, for me, is a mixture of drama, romance, personal issues, and family and friendship issues. The good thing is these stuff were put together well!
At first, I thought that this was just another high school romance novel. But as I read through, I liked it. It was fast paced. It was not hard to read, and it actually kind of drew me in to read further.
What I like most about this book is that there are a lot that you can learn from it. Natalya has been through a lot in this book. Just like a normal person, she didn’t know what to do; but it’s good that she remained strong through it all.
I gotta share the quoted statements that had an impact on me or those that I could relate to:
- “…tears don’t care where you are, that sadness follows you everywhere…”
- “I know well the pain a smile can hide but there are moments when one can forget or simply use the pain for something bigger and better.”
- “I know myself, I’ll get attached and get hurt in the process.”
- “Somehow it’s easier to not be in the moment, to not be there.”
- “…that’s what hurts the most: feeling alone with the people that matter.”
- “I have no idea how to act around myself.”
- “All I want is to hide in a corner and forget about everything.”
- “…if I never tried I would never do anything.”
- “…remember all the good times, not only the bad.”
Overall, I liked this book. I just wasn’t satisfied on how it ended. Sure, it ended happily, the problems were solved, but I think that there could be more.
**A review copy was sent to me via Reading Deals in exchange of an honest review.**