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?
Elodie Nowodazkij writes sizzling rom-coms with grumpy book boyfriends and the bold, funny women who win their hearts. (Think funny Hallmark movie with the door open ;-)) Sometimes, she even writes stories that scare the crap out of her (a mix of Lifetime movies and Criminal Minds). Raised in a small French village, she almost always had a book in her hands. At nineteen, she moved to the U.S., where she found out her French accent is here to stay. Now in Maryland with her husband, dog, and cat, she whips up heartwarming, hilarious, and hot romances or heart-pounding and haunting romantic suspense novels. All of them hard to put down. Ready to take the plunge? The water’s delightfully warm.
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One, Two, Three is not a kind book that I haven't encountered before but I still enjoyed it just the same.
Natalya's dad died while driving one day with her on a car. Natalya survived though but like her dad, her dream to become a prima ballerina also passed away with him. She acquired so much damaged that her audition to Julliard was postponed. Her mother, Katya, succumbs to drinking to oblivion and vodka became her bestfriend. Natalya tries to balance everything: her mother, new school, friends, a guy and in fact, she's doing well. Until a huge secret goes out where Natalya finds herself being like her mom, yielding to alcohol just to escape and numb herself..
Yup. This does reminds me of Perfect Chemistry. The girl and boy has issues of their own. The drug conflicts, the family being against their relationship. But still, I liked this one.
I actually guessed the secret before it came out! I totally understand why Natalya felt like the world just stopped moving and how she badly needed to numb herself.
Natalya. I loved her determination to stand up and proved herself even after the accident. At first, she has a problem of letting people get close to her but she did warm up with others. I just felt sad for her when she turned to drinking. Just so many awful things dumped into her life like that, I don't blame her.
Antonio. I am not actually comfortable about him at first. I feel like he has some "stalker tendencies". But as the story progresses, I liked him more as Natalya's love interest. Their relationship is far from perfect but it's real.
I actually liked the friendship between Natalya and Becca. I liked that the protagonist here doesn't get all the attention because that would be so annoying and tiring. Everyone involved in the story offered something and no character is a waste of space.
I also adored Karina, Tonio's little sister. She's the perfect picture of hope, giddiness and everything Natalya doesn't have. I loved when they got along so well.
The ending felt like kind of open-ended. I wonder if the author will try to write a sequel for this one. And if she will, I'll definitely read it.
Overall, this was a great book about dealing with loss and how to face everything after that. Definitely recommended.
**ARC provided by publisher and NetGalley in exchanged of a honest review.
3.5 stars (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Elodie Nowodazkij and NetGalley.) 17-year-old Natalya was once a ballerina with an exciting career ahead of her, now she’s a girl with a damaged knee, a dead father, and a mother who drinks way too much. Will Natalya ever dance again? And will her mother ever stop drinking?
This was a good story about a girl with a messed up life, and I enjoyed it.
Natalya was an interesting character. I felt really sorry for her with regards to the accident, and her grief, and then when she got more bad news I couldn’t blame her for feeling awful, and having problems coping. The amount of difficult events in this girls life was not good, and I felt so sorry about her messing up her dancing career.
The storyline in this book was pretty good, although the writing did feel a bit rough around the edges in places. I liked finding out about what had happened to Nata and her father, and I also liked the romance. Natalya and Tonio were so sweet together, and I liked how the relationship built slowly. I also liked how we actually got some real ballet stuff in here! I hate it when books claim to be about dance and then there’s no dance in there, but this one actually had dance! Yay!
The ending to this was good, but I was left with questions. I liked that Natalya got a bit of a happy ending, but I also wanted the mystery of what happened to her father to be solved, and I also wanted to know what would become of Natalya’s dancing career, as it didn’t really feel like those things were tied up enough at the end of the book. Overall; good story, but I wanted more answers at the end, 7 out of 10.
Ballet, romance, secrets, family drama, friendship, discovering oneself - all the good things. Natalya was easy to relate to, and Tonio was dreamy! Great story! Recommended to all who love contemporary novels.
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)
One, Two, Three was an okay read, but it took a while for it to get interesting.
I felt sorry for Natalya. It must be awful thinking you'll never be able to achieve your dream of becoming a professional dancer because of an accident, and losing your father in the same accident. I thought she was a bit hypocritical when she started drinking though, because of how many times she told her mother to stop doing it.
The first half of this was dull, and i couldn't get into it at all. The second half picked up a bit thankfully, but i still wasn't enjoying it very much.
Overall, Alright read, but had some very large slow patches.
While driving Natalya to school, her and her father end up in a horrific accident. Natalya has her left check ripped out by glass, both her knees shattered and her father is killed. She is left to deal with the fact that her father is dead, she might never recover from her injuries and become the prima ballerina assolutas she has always dreamed of becoming, and also with the fact that Natalya’s mother blames herself for the accident and begins to drink in excess. The two end up moving into her grandmothers old house to be around familiar people. When she decides to visit her favourite lake, she ends up meeting the charming and sweet talker Antonio. Everything in Natalya’s life begins to unravel and she has to choose whether to believe that the accident her and her father were in might have not been a complete accident.
The main reason why i picked this book, on Netgalley, was because the description reminded me so much of the Crash Trilogy by Nicole Williams. I adored that trilogy and can happily report that my feelings for this books are no different. I devoured this fantastic book in one sitting. One of the many things that stood out throughout the book was the alcoholism. Im ecstatic at the fact that Elodie Nowodazkij chose not to sugar coat the devastation it could have, not only, on the addict, but to also on the loved ones. Also, the fact that the first attempt at getting sober and trying to get help in rehab isn’t as successful as we like to image.
I loved the complexity of all the characters, especially Natalya and Antonio. I thought i had them all figured out but they kept on surprising me with new revelations and actions. I have a big pet peeve with the way some YA authors do the whole “girl meets boy, girl and boy become a couple after talking for 2 hours.” Natalya and Antonio went through the necessary and realistic hurdles someone in high school would actually go through. Also, the secondary characters, Becca and James, were just as important and memorable as the main ones. I found myself asking questions about them that i usually only ask about the main characters.
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.
One Two Three reminded me of a book with similar story I read years ago. It was from author who already has a lot of book which apparently didn't guarantee I'll like the book I read. In fact I didn't like it at all. I'm so glad that this debut has the opposite result for me. I think this is a good debut. I liked the writing, it wasn't flawless yet it was engaging with good pace. It wasn't too slow but wasn't too fast either. Although I can figure out what really happened to Nata from the beginning, the story and the characters can make me read it in one sitting.
I liked the characters. Nata, as the MC tell her story clearly. She doesn't hold back anything, though I also have to say that I wasn't quite like the way she tells her POV the first few chapters. She likes to repeat something that I've already known over and over. It was like she wants to make sure that I understand her. Tonio, I liked him enough as Nata's love interest but I think his character can be explored more. I want more stories about his relationship with Camilo and Diego. It felt like he doesn't show enough his past to me. But it was Camilo and Rita that was quite surprised me. To be honest, I was waiting for them to be cliche high school antagonists. You know the bad hot guy and typical gorgeous ex-girlfriend who gets jealous and all. I'm happy I was wrong because they weren’t like that. But again, I think they can have bigger story here.
As for the ending, I’m happy Nata gets her happy ending but I felt like it’s a bit an open ending. There are things that sort of unclear. I don’t know whether it means that there will be another story as a sequel or this is a really standalone with open ending. Either way, I’m up if there will be more Nata and Tonio story.
I received an e-ARC from Netgalley. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher.
I really enjoyed this emotional read. Dealt with many topics and in a perfect way in my opinion! Some of the drama was a little unnecessary (I thought) but in the end I understood why it all played out that way.
The characters were very real. You felt like you knew them and you felt their pain. This was an emotional read and I was rooting for the characters all along. I felt really bad for some and just wanted to give them a big hug but other characters got me really annoyed.
I think you would enjoy this book if you like emotional contemporary books, romance, real characters that you can root and cheer for. Definitely look for this one! It comes out soon, on the 26th of June! I would suggest you give this one a try.
*I RECEIVED THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
One, Two, Three... by Elodie Nowodazkij is a fantastic novel which revolves around a teenager, Natalya who is facing some difficult hardships. This novel explores the story of a girl who is lost due to the death of her father. The main themes that are explored in this novel are overcoming adversities, accepting your challenges, first love, friends and family. This novel is not only about overcoming challenges but is also about accepting your new true self. These themes help make this book acceptable to be read at any age over 13. In this novel we see Natalya's recovery process from the car accident in which her dad died. This recovery process comes to represent that every individual have their own way of defeating challenges. Antonio, the main male protagonist, helps Natalya to cope with her new school life and also challenges at home. He helps bring her out of her shell and also takes time to learn more about her, helping her in any way he can. Antonio himself is facing many challenges at home and school after his brother moved after town. Antonio had to fix the problems his brother left behind and seeing another story in the novel come to 'play' was extraordinary. Both Natalya and Antonio's story are relatable too making readers fell empathy and love for these characters. From first person perspective we could really feel Natalya's emotions and place ourselves into her hardships. This helped create a stronger bond between the reader and the main female protagonist. One, Two, Three... is a beautiful novel which will definitely leave you in a "reading slump" for days. The characters are so life like and relatable to that you will never want to stop reading this novel. Elodie Nowodazkij has written a phenomenal novel which definitely captures the interest of the audience. I enjoyed this novel so much that I finished it in less than a day. I definitely recommend you to pick up this novel on the 26th of June at your local bookstore. I am glad that Elodie Nowodazkij was kind enough to send me an e-arc as this novel really reached out to me and captured my attention.
Natalya Pushkaya is an aspiring ballerina attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. She's on her way to land a big role that will bring her to success, until a car accident kills her father and ruins her knee cap, preventing her to dance. As a result, they move into her babushka's old house, and her mom turns into an alcoholic.
Natalya has a lot to adjust to - new school, new people, new surroundings, but she is lucky to have her childhood friend, Becca, with her. In her new school, she meets Tonio, who screams trouble, but whom she cannot stay away from.
The synopsis of this book looked so interesting to me, which is why I requested it in Netgalley immediately. However, I am sad to say that I was quite disappointed. The author used too much ballet terms that people who don't have a background in ballet - like me - will have a hard time in reading the story.
For the most parts, the story was not that special. I was able to guess the secret immediately because it was obvious from the call. The story felt like it kept repeating and repeating the same things over and over again.
I loved Becca though, because she was always there for Natalya even when she pushed her away. She was so understanding with Natalya's situation, and her pushing is not annoying, like most people. I hated Tonio at first, but I warmed up to him soon enough. Karina is another favorite character. She's this bubble of energy that is hard to put down. I didn't get to see much of James, but he seemed like a good character as well.
I have nothing much to say about the story as a whole. The are about three hundred pages, but I felt like nothing much was happening in those three hundred pages. Despite it's length, I felt like the story was not complete. I was not satisfied with this book, but it seems like a lot of others have liked it. The story is just not for me.
Blurb: 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?
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina. Every Tuesday I diligently went along to my ballet classes, and learnt how to glissade at home. Yes, I taught myself how to spot (it's a pirouette thing) and pas de chat. But I was kicked out because I was too tall.
This book had me spinning around my room whilst reading it, as I was thrown into the world of Natalya and Tonio's romance (this is primarily a love story), yet Nata still struggles. She can't dance on her knee, yet has a place at a ballet school in NYC. She has to fill the gap the ballet filled so well, and turns to alcohol. This is by no means a book for the younger reader but very, very good. This was provided for free by Netgalley in return for an honest review.
ONE TWO THREE it is a heartfelt, emotional story about a girl who loses her dad--and possibly her dance career--in a car accident. After the accident, her mom turns to alcohol, leaving Natalya alone to deal with her grief and guilt. She reconnects with a childhood friend, Emma, who helps Natalya realize she doesn't have to be alone, but it's relationship with Tonio, a boy with problems of his own, who truly challenges her to open up to the possibility of love and a brighter future.
Although ONE TWO THREE delves into some serious emotions and complications, it didn't feel forced or un-relatable. I was captivated by Natalya's character - by how she reacted to things, and by the ongoing question of how (or if) she'd deal with everything going on in her life. I also loved that the darker parts of the story are balanced with moments of light, laughter, and romance.
Speaking of ... Natalya and Emma's relationship is one of my favorites in the story. It felt like a very real friendship to me--perfect in it's imperfections--and I loved that they had each other. I also laughed out loud at a few of their scenes together . :)
If you like realistic YA then definitely check out ONE TWO THREE!
Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“One, Two, Three” is an easy read—perfect for a lazy Sunday. I took this baby down in 2.5 hours. This is a beautiful story about a teenage girl dealing with loss, addiction, new love and finding the strength to move on. I thought the story flowed well and Ms. Nowodazkij handled some pretty intense issues simply and gracefully. The problems felt real, as did the way these characters behaved. Yes, there was a love story and it was definitely enjoyable, but it wasn’t the focus and it wasn’t Natalya's salvation. Finding her way was up to her. Props for writing strong characters!
Only real criticism is that the author was a bit heavy handed with the dance metaphors. At first they were cute and fun, particularly from a dancer’s perspective—but after the 5th or 6th time I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. Every writer has their quirk and this was clearly hers. Other than that I thought her style was great. Looking forward to seeing how her writing matures. Definitely give this one a read!
*Review copy provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
"Dancing's always been my escape from reality: from the fights my parents had more and more often, from my babushka passing away all alone at the hospital because no one told me she was sick, from my fears of letting anyone get really close. Dancing's always been my future. Dancing's always been who I am."
This may sound cheesy, but I truly believe that something that you love to do so much can save your life. Music and writing are part of my majorities needed. Surprisingly, One Two Three was a really deep, dark, and emotionally terrifying read that was full of bliss at times. Natalya, the protagonist, needed dancing to save her life. And boy, did she have troubles.
More than anything, I felt such strong sympathy for Natalya. She was ruined; wrecked, whatever adjective you can possibly think of that describes someone who's been broken down because of someone, or a traumatic experience. An experience that Nata went through can definitely compare to something like and of If I Stay.
As many books suggest through their ideas, love saves. Natalya is basically alone now. Her mother is a pure alcoholic who drinks herself to sleep and to forget about everything everyday 24/7. Her dad is dead and she was with him when he died—both in a car accident. This accident has prone her to stay away from dancing, which was her life and future. She now is beginning her senior year in a school close to her home, and everything is going unwell until Tonio comes into her life, and he truly brings her back to realize what's really worth the most in her current life.
"He makes me move the way I used to. With everything I have, with my body, with my mind, and with my heart. I'm one with the music. I'm one with my partner. I'm one with me. Every time his hand grazes my stomach or my shoulders, I shiver."
Elodie Nowodazkij is truly a fantastic writer—and I am in such admiration of her interrogation and power of such tragic events that change a person into someone else. The whole plot was set out so wonderfully and I was obsessed with knowing what will happen next.
One of the flaws? The romance.
I'm sorry, but I just didn't see the magic. I loved Tonio and Natalya as characters, (Tonio was hottt) but I didn't feel the illusion that their romance was supposed to have. My feels weren't going all over the place and I didn't have my heart clenching or pounding out of control.
As a recap, I'd have to say that this book was really enjoyable. It is the type of thing that you'd want to read during a night and it'll leave you happy, but depressed at the same time. (A good depressed, because Natalya was such a good character who was perfect for this role.) You'll just want to feel what the author was thinking. (But obviously not the tragic stuff.) Overall? This made me smile.. :)
During the summer, I always crave really good contemporary novels for some reason. And this book satisfied that craving.
Natalya, the daughter of a ballerina and a pianist, dreams of one day becoming a prima ballerina. She has the heart, the technique, and the work ethic. But a car accident that kills her father also severely injures her knees, leaving it doubtful that she'll ever dance properly again. Dealing with the after-effects of their loss, Nata and her alcoholic mother move to a new town, where secrets are revealed and Nata meets Antonio.
I thought the characterisation in this novel was perfect. You completely understand all of the characters and their motivations. You might not always agree with their actions - but you understand them. The pain felt by Nata over her father passing and the gap she feels from losing her dream are beautifully rendered by Nowodazkij, who gets right to the heart of Nata's feelings. I certainly found myself tearing up at various points throughout the novel. Even the side characters are all well-developed. You get to know Becca and Antonio and Nata's mother and uncle, and you begin to care for them too.
This book has a lot of heart, and it struggles with a lot of issues that people face everyday. The grief after a death, the having to move on and adapt to changes that you don't necessarily want. Having to let yourself be weak once in a while, and letting people in so that they can help you.
The writing in this novel was really enchanting, and I only put it down when it was 3 in the morning and I realised I had to go to bed because I had to meet my uni tutor in the morning. Otherwise, I would've kept reading. The ending of the novel wasn't completely tied up, The future is still unsure, and left open, but you are left with a lot of hope, and I liked the way it worked out. I think it's hard for authors to not resolutely end things, and I'm glad this author had the courage to give us some hope and let us imagine our own future for the characters.
I really enjoyed reading this novel, and I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a YA contemporary novel that deals with love and loss and adapting.
This book is touted as being Save the Last Dance meets Perfect Chemistry and I can see where the comparisons came from. As a teen, Save the Last Dance was one of my faves and, as a high school librarian, the Perfect Chemistry books are some of my fave to recommend in my library. For the most part, this story lived up to that hype. Though not a dancer myself, I am pretty fascinated and like to read/watch movies about the dance world. Some of my favorite references to those things are included in this story, like Center Stage. One Two Three is the story of Natalya, a dancer who has had to move back to her babushka's house after having to leave a performing arts high school after an injury received in car accident that killed her father. Luckily, she has a great friend in Becca, who she knows from having spent her summers at her grandmother's house. Becca makes the transition to a new school and mostly new life a bit easier. Natalya meets Antonio and the good girl/bad boy love story ensues. Throughout the book, Natalya is trying to figure out how to accept her new role in the dance world and also trying to figure out what really happened in that accident with her father. She is also trying to deal with her mother, who is coping with the pain by resorting to alcohol. Natalya learns some major family secrets along the way and falls hard for Antonio in the process. This will be a story I can see many high school girls flocking to and I hope the story continues, maybe telling the stories of some of the other prominent characters in the book, such as Becca, James, Rita, etc. The story is easy to read and enjoyable, with just the right touch of drama and romance.
Who will I recommend this to? Any of my high school readers interested in romance, especially those who are also interested in dance. It will, however, appeal to those that aren't interested in dance as well because that is not the whole story.
Drugs/Alcohol: There is some drinking among the teens, but it is shown in a mostly negative way. Natalya is also dealing with an alcoholic mother, which many teens can relate to.
Language: Did not find it terribly offensive, normal teen language.
Sex: There is sex talk and some romantic scenes, but nothing that is unnecessary or irresponsible.
I was intrigued by this book after participating in the Book Blitz, it seemed like a very interesting book with a unique theme for a Young Adult Book. Natalya had her whole life planned, she was to become the best ballerina she could be but then everything changed, not only for her but for her family as well. Having to move back to New Jersey wasn't something she could imagine, but being in her grandma's old house, things seem to get worse and worse. Natalya can't help but keep blaming herself for her father's death, normally she would turn to dancing but that not really an option at the moment. The only good thing about coming back to New Jersey was the fact that her best friend, since she was little lives here, Becca. They would tell each other everything but life has seem to get in the way, now they are both keeping secrets from each other. Natalya knows she must tell someone about her mother's drinking but she keeps it hidden thinking that her mother is right, when she blames Natalya for the accident. When she meets Antonio, she tells herself she can't fall for him, he is a player someone who would make her life, even more complicated. Though, it doesn't take long for him to become a big part of her life, but Antonio has issues in his life, things that soon become part of Natalya's life as well. Although, she doesn't want to have another person in her life, turn to alcohol as a way of coping knowing that it would take time before she decides alcohol may not be the best idea but it does numb the pain. From her father, her mother, Antonio and most importantly, her dreams. If that wasn't enough, she finds out that her parents kept a secret from her and that it would change not only the way she looks at her mother but her father as well. One, Two, Three is a story about loss, love and dreams and how that sometimes it take time, the truth and healing to finally move forward and not remain in the past. From the hurt, lies and friendship, it is a truly lovely story to read that will break your heart a little and then make you smile after you reading the last line. If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be Heartbreaking, Unique and Complicated.
I received this e-book to review through net-galley in exchange for an honest review.
I surprised myself with this book I literally only requested this book based on the front cover. Which I know is a NO NO but I can't help myself sometimes. I'm a big sucker for anything to do with ballet as ballet was a huge part of my life. I use to do semi professional ballet for over ten years of my life. So as soon as I see anything, to do with ballet that's it. To be honest though I didn't think it would be as good as it was. I have heard nothing of this author, which shocks me as this was so enjoyable and not just a ballet book. It had much more depth to it and was more a contemporary with a ballet twist.
Funny thing is the main character Natalya I could really relate to. I pretty much was like her back then when I lived ballet. My mum was even going to call me Natalya after the famous Russian ballet dancer. Talk about weird and funnily enough the Natalya in this book does have Russian background. So I found it really easy to connect to her and feel for her. Natalya was basically training to be a prima ballerina, and was aiming to go to one of the best ballet schools around. Then an accident happens and her dad dies and her life is turned upside down. I haven't given anything away that's in the blurb. Her life is a mess and her mum is an alcoholic so she gives up her dream of ballet. Then turns up Tonio and everything changes.
I really loved the writing the plot and how ballet was incorporated in this story. But not obviously so which was nice, as I think it could have been overpowered easily with just ballet. So for all those people out there who just think ooo it's just a ballet story boring. There is the contemporary aspect which to be honest makes up the majority of this book. Yes there is a romance but I really did like their chemistry and how it wasn't insta love.
So overall this book was a very surprising nice enjoyable little read which needs to be known about abit more.
Thank you again for allowing me to read this book :)
I love ballet so when I saw the cover of this book I immediately read the short description. It convinced me immediately to read the book. And I am glad I did read it.
One moment crushed Natalya’s dreams forever. One moment turned her life upside down forever. How can she manage to build a new life for herself with all the crumbles that are left from her old life? Natalya tries hard to balance everything in her life: her mother, her friends, a new school, dancing and a guy. She’s doing well until a huge secret is revealed. Natalya’s life turns upside down once again.
I really liked Natalya, for starters she wasn’t a quitter. The doctors told her that it would be almost impossible for her to dance ever again. But instead of pining over it she worked harder than anyone else so she could dance again. She had a problem at first with letting people close but it was understandable. If I went through the same as her I would probably react the same way. And in the end she let her walls down. Tonio was a lovely guy, sure he had some major flaws. But that was what I loved the most about him, his flaws made him more real and realistic. And he really helped Natalya, in the end he has his heart in the right place and that’s what’s most important.
The writing felt a bit rough around the edges but it is the author’s debut novel so I am not complaining. The author can only grow from now on. The pace of the book was good. Enough happened to keep you interested and without it being rushed or to overwhelming.
The ending was half-open so I don’t know if the author intends to write a sequel or if she just wants us to guess how the story continues. If the author decides to write a sequel I am definitely going to read it.
One, Two, Three was a great book that dealt with loss and how to face the world again afterwards.
Natalya has dreamed of nothing short of being a professional ballerina for as long as she can remember. That was before a tragic car accident took her dad's life, her dreams of dancing, and pushed her mother over the edge. Now Natalya is forced to live in her Babushka's house, alone with an alcoholic mother, and go to a high school with her only real friend. Adding to the mess she now calls her life is troubled Tonio, who makes her heart do ballet moves every time he's near. Topping it all off is the question regarding what everyone else thinks really happened that night of the accident.
Oh, how I love Natalya and Tonio! Both are so beautifully broken by life and things out of their control. And finding your way through life when everything seems so hopeless can feel so defeating.
I really loved Natalya and identified with her through her struggles to make everything look perfect on the outside. She has to deal with an alcoholic mother and the loss of her father on her own. It’s not easy, especially trying to keep up appearances while navigating a new high school.
I found myself smiling like an idiot at the parts when Natalya and Tonio were together. At one point I was waiting for my daughter after school and I had no clue the rest of the cars ahead of me had moved forward. Yes, I was that parent, clueless and holding up the line while I read an exchange between the two.
I loved the writing and the world Natalya lives in. Although I never took ballet, I loved the references Natalya made to the moves as her life, and heart, went through the motions. It really showed just how much of her life revolved around something she may never be able to do. She’s lost everything, and now she’s navigating it nearly alone.
**An ARC of this was kindly provided by NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you Patchwork Press and Elodia Nowodazkij**
Four Pirouetting Stars!!!
I went into this expecting a typical YA story line... Boy meets girl, they overcome hardship, then they ride off into the proverbial sunset. However, "One Two Three" was so so so much more than that. This story was original, enjoyable, and had me on my toes waiting to see what happened next.
I was intrigued and enthralled from almost the first page. Yes both Natalya and Antonio have obstacles to overcome in their lives, but don't we all. It's the trials we face and the things we overcome that strengthen us and help us to grow, that character growth was evident in Natalya throughout this story!!
Natalya is a young girl whose dreams looked like they were about to come true until tragedy strikes. Her whole world quite literally, crashes down around her. She is left with a mother who is neglectful and can't get past her own demons. Natalya's plans and dreams are crushed, and she has no idea who she really is. Natalya is strong and brave and my favorite kind of heroine!! I truly loved her character. I also loved all the secondary characters and secondary stories that made this novel so well rounded and interesting. My only complaint would be I wished Antonio was a little more developed. However, he was still extremely lovable! I throughly enjoyed this and look forward to reading future works by this author.
I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This one starts off slow, but it doesn’t take long to be invested in the characters. It also really shines at the end. The story was full of heart and hope, even while dealing with difficult situations. It really focused on being yourself – not only parts of it, but everything you are. Natalya really learned this through the book, as she realized how much revolving her entire life around ballet hurt her.
I really felt for the characters while reading. Natalya was wonderful and her growth was nice to see. I was so proud of her by the end of the book, because she faced so much and handled it pretty well, given the circumstances.
The side characters were great as well. Becca is a great friend, very forgiving and always there for Natalya – although I can say parts of that felt a little unrealistic. Some flaws would have made her more interesting as a character, but I still enjoyed her. I loved her and James, and I also loved Tonio and Natalya’s relationship.
That said, I feel this book is right in the middle. It has its flaws. I feel like this wasn’t great, but average.
While this book has a lot of elements that have been in books before the author manages to make them not feel overdone by the real element that she puts behind every single element.
Natalya was a character that you could really relate to- she can't help but push people away. But it was nice to see her really grow in the fact that she learned to let people in, and in letting people in she learned a more valuable lesson: how to be a better friend.
I also really liked reading about someone who was so dedicated to something and to watch her struggle with the high potential of losing it and the constant struggle to not push her knee too far was so sad.
I won't say that Tonio is my favorite male character as often I found myself not liking him all that much. His attitude was often a bit over the top for me but the relationship that budded between Tonio and Natalya seemed pretty realistic.
The end of the book didn't really feel like an ending to me: it felt like there might be another book about these characters and while the thought has me pretty excited I wished the ending had been a bit more.
There were some slow parts of the book but it was pretty good!
That's it, I can't take it anymore! I think 50% is a fair chance and I can't waste more time with it.
I looked at the cover (so amazing!) and I expected a dark & emotional story, instead all I got is the average cliché : - new, shy, (almost) friendless girl; - bad boy that doesn't want to be bad anymore; - people telling girl to stay away from bad boy because he is trouble; - crappy family; And the list goes on.
Come on, name 3 books with the above, I bet you have some on the list.
At some point even, the Russian prodigy with tragic past reminded me of The Sea of Tranquility but, to be honest, the comparison worked agains this book in so many ways. The writing did not impress me and the dialog hardly kept me interested. The mystery was there, but I am not sure if it is worth my time at this point.
Sorry guys, I hope you'll have better luck! I appreciate being given the chance to read this book, unfortunately it didn't work for me.
I started reading One Two Three while I was sick and I'm pretty sure it actually slowed down my recovery, ha! Because I couldn't put it down to fall asleep. It just sucks you in that way.
I danced for many many years and slipping into Natalya's head was both easy and oh, so painful. And not just for the longing to dance aspects. The loss of her father and the almost worse loss of her mother, though her mother's still around (ish). My heart hurt so much for Natalya in so many ways.
But she's a strong girl and she stays focused on what she wants--until it's too much in itself. But we all have that breaking point, don't we? Sometimes we have to fully crack so we can get our pieces all back together.
And then there's Tonio. Sigh. Sweet, cocky, playful Tonio who I rooted for pretty much from the first scene he entered. He was the perfect ray of light to shine through the drama of Nata's world, and I loved watching her begin to realize it. <3
Received book from NetGalley for a honest review “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. Like dancing.” This book was a bit all over the place for me. The characters seemed a bit rushed into their story, especially Antonio, therefor I didn’t get genuine emotions but rushed instant attraction. The story line tried to mix in a few problems to the plot that had me a bit confused – Antonio’s brother gone because of…?? A bit of clichéd high school drama and falling in love. From the blurb I expected Natalya to hit rock bottom – she only tapped into the bad side and was quick to recover. The book wasn’t bad, it just didn’t leave me with any lasting impressions. Quick young adult read.
I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of this book and I loved it! As a dancer (I've taken tap for almost 10 years) and a huge fan of the movie "Center Stage," I knew I would like this book. I loved the ballet terms that were sprinkled throughout the book and how music fit into the story. However, you don't need to be a dancer or even like dance to appreciate this story or relate to the challenges Natalya faces, both physically and mentally. The book tackles serious subjects like addiction and loss, but there's also cute boys, kissing, friendship, family secrets, fun, hope and a class of adorable little kids.
One, Two, Three is an easy read-- that is if you know nothing about ballet. There is a certain reverence dancers have toward their art and they would never use ballet terms as allegory. I think the author was trying at add a bit of color, but in my opinion, this was a flawed move.
Still, though, she did a great job portraying the alcoholic mother and the strife Natalia went through. While this is meant also to be a romance, I would view it more as a coming of age story.