Welcome to my stop on the ONE, TWO, THREE blog tour! Below, see my thoughts and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card AND… $50 to the project of YOU choice on DonorsChoose.orgOne, Two, Three
by Elodie Nowodazkij
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Published by Self Pub Release date : June 24th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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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, Natalya 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, and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.
But 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 this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I have this odd knack lately of comparing my love to types of MOVIES (or dislike) to the books that I have read as of late. In this case, the theme of dancing. It’s one of my favorites. With books however, I haven’t read many, just for the simple fact that I didn’t think I would be able to have those FEELS I get when watching all these actors dancing on-screen. Until ONE, TWO, THREE.
Natayla is such a strong person. Losing her father and suffering the injuries that she did is devastating. Not only that, her mother has turned to alcohol and becomes a monster of a creature once she is drinking. She has to balance her mother, new school and the guilt she has over the accident. What I admired about her was how positive she was about her prognosis. She never lost hope that she could dance again, even volunteering to teach a ballet class for little kids. It’s easier to shut down than it is to have hope.
When the HUGE secret came out, things really escalated. Natayla was doing an amazing job of balancing everything out, until that bomb. I don’t feel her actions were hypocritical at all, although I can see why some would think that way. Turning to the one thing that is destroying her mother, alcohol, and re-injuring herself as well. I loved that her friends pulled her out of that spiral quick, before it got really out of hand.
While I couldn’t follow much about the dancing itself, since I don’t know anything about ballet – I loved her dedication and love for it. That’s what I meant about the FEELS. Natayla’s love for dance poured from the pages.
The relationship development between Natayla and Tonio was sweet, but I wanted more. I feel like we don’t know that much about Tonio, and what we did know clashed against how his character was portrayed. I also wanted more scenes of just the two of them together. The romance was not the strongest part for me, so while I did like these two together, I wasn’t seeing the sparks.
My Peeve –
It’s not really a peeve, but like I mentioned, I wanted more from the romance angle and more depth to Tonio’s character.
I really enjoyed ONE, TWO, THREE. This is a heartbreaking yet beautiful story of a girl losing two things she loves; her father and ability to dance – finding love, healing and forgiveness. I recommend for all fans of contemporary.
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