Title: One, Two, Three…
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
Publication date: June 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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?
B & N: http://tinyurl.com/kmzjh37
This is the story of Natalya, she is focused on her dancing, she knows what she wants, and becoming a ballerina is her life. Everything changes on one fateful day, her dream of becoming a ballerina is shattered and her life takes a drastic turn. Natalya moves with her mother to her deceased grandmother’s home in the small lake town where she used to spend her summers. She feels abandoned and alone; she builds walls around herself and keeps everybody at a distance. She doesn’t want to expose her home life or her mother’s drinking problem to others. She is hungry for her mother’s love; but her mother is lost in her guilt and her bottle.
Natalya is scarred (in more ways than one) and doesn’t let others get close. She just wants to dance and be left alone. Becca and Natalya spent their summers together at the lake; they had made a pact that they were “Sirens for Life”. Their friendship is strained because Natalya doesn’t want to open up and confide in Becca. Natalya realizes that she had been so focused on her dancing, that she had forgotten how to be a friend; together they mend their friendship. Tonio is handsome, confident and has a good heart; he is the star soccer player. He approaches Natalya and slowly she opens up to him. She opens her heart and allows her feelings for Tonio to surface. Camilo, is the wayward friend; he used to be in the soccer team and he used to be close to Tonio. But, there is bad blood between them due to some bad decisions on both parts.
This story is about love, friendship, hope and second chances. Love helps healing to take place. When Natalya allows herself to feel for Tonio and lets him in her heart, she finds happiness. True friendship is always there no matter what; Becca was there ready to lend an ear, ready with a hug, ready to hold Natalya’s hand and hold her up when she crumbled. In turn Natalya became the friend she had forgotten to be. Natalya has hopes of mending her relationship with her mother after she seeks help. Second chances allow for new beginnings and new dreams.
I loved this story; from the moment I started reading I was captivated. The author, Elodie Nowodazkij, writes a fluid story. One that is well written and easy to follow. There were moments where I cried: when Natalya ran out of her house after a confrontation with her mother and goes to the lake to dance. When her mother hurls ugly words at her. When she needs her mother’s love and it’s not there. When she turns to the bottle to hide her pain. Then there were moments of happiness: when Natalya and Tonio kiss for the first time. When they go on their first date. The School dance. The pranks and bets between Tonio and James result in some funny moments. This is a beautiful story, one that will stay in your heart.
Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She’s also a serial smiley user.
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