Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Review - One Two Three By Elodie Nowodazkij

Expected Publication: 26th June 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?

I received the book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

After seeing this book being described as “Perfect Chemistry meets Save The Last Dance” I knew I had to request this book and I was not disappointed. One Two three is a young adult contemporary about Natalya a ballerina who’s hopes and dreams have been smashed and how she copes with her life that is unraveling around her.

Natalya is an interesting character who I instantly connected too. She is in a bad place in the book and we join her on her journey to find out who she is when ballet can no longer be her life. She is dealing with loss and is grieving and at the same time is having to deal with difficulties with her mother at home. Natalya has a lot on her shoulders and I think her character is written very realistically and it is interesting to see how she coped with the issues she has in her life.

I enjoyed the character of Antonio, he is a good contrast to the character of Natalya, he is a bad boy with a big heart. He is dealing with his own problems and is rebuilding his life. Together Natayla and Tonio help each other to become the people they want to be and are there to support each other.

I like how One Two Three dealt with some serious issues of alcohol abuse, loss and gangs. I think it is written in a realistic way, the book doesn't have over dramatized, unbelievable situations and I enjoyed that, it is a story about people and their relationships about  and finding yourself.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Elodie Nowodazkij in the future.

Rating: 4/5

1 comment:

  1. I really liked the look of this one when I seen it on Netgalley but I restrained myself. Great review!