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One, Two, Three (Broken Dreams)

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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 fa
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Published June 26th 2014 by Createspace
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Feb 11, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Actual Rating: 3.5/5 stars

One, Two, Three is not a kind book that I haven't encountered before but I still enjoyed it just the same.

The plot:

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 everythi
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
DNF at 34%.

Not my cup of tea, a few too many cliches and unbelievable situations in what was actually a pretty realistic setting. Didn't mesh well for me.

I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
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 fe
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(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 t
Apr 24, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Yes. Yes.Yes. A thousand times yes!
The back description reminds me so much of Save The Last Dance. So excited!

May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 g ...more
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
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Erisha (Bookaholic Reads)
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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 no
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
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 schoo
Kate Bullen
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 regul
Bridgid Gallagher
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 T
Caitlin Bauer
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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 defi
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

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~~ 4 "Learning to Forgive" Stars ~~

One Two Three is the debut novel for Elodie Nowodazkij and I have to say I thought it was a wonderful debut novel. It reminded me why I am always drawn back to the high school aged YA books. They are just easy to read and enjoy and even though I am no longer in high school, I can still relate to things that are discussed in this type book. This book does
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
One, Two, Three is marketed as being a cross between Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles and the movie Save the Last Dance. Now, not many people know this about me but Save the Last Dance is my FAVORITE movie of all time. So as soon as I was approved for this book I turned to my fiance and told him "I am going to critique the life out of this book because its being marketed as similar to Save the Last Dance." He just smiled and shook his head but I was completely serious. You can't market someth ...more
Michelle Arrow
*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 li
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
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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 als
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

You will also be able to find this review on my blog.

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, l
Sara Kiplinger
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sophie (Blogger)
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 f
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2014
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
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aww I loved this book! Simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful with an excellent but tear-inducing storyline makes this a book that you can't put down and produces all the feels.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, netgalley, ya-books
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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, d
Heather Helene
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 i ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ya, stand-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
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copy
My reviews can also be found on my blog.

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
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Aug 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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