Publication date: June 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance,
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?
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 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 touch on a serious issue of alcoholism. I thought the author did a wonderful job of portraying an accurate picture of what it is like to be an alcoholic and also live with one. I truly enjoyed the storyline in this book. It is a story about forgiveness and learning to love oneself and also learning how to open yourself up to love. I thought the writing and flow of the book was perfect. It is a fairly quick read, in that I read it in less then one day, but that is because it kept me interested and I didn’t want to put it down. She even found a way to put a plot twist in the story that I didn’t see coming. I will definitely be reading more books by this author.
This book is primarily about Natalya and Antonio (Tonio). Natalya has dreamed of being a professional Ballerina all her life and has worked very hard to try and achieve this dream. That is until on tragic accident takes that away and also leaves her fatherless and with a mother who is an alcoholic. Even after the accident Natalya is determined to get her leg and knee back to the way it was before the accident and still become the dance she wants to be. During all this time she has learned how to shut people out and focus on her goal, and after her dad dies, she shuts people out even more for the fear that they will eventually leave her too. After the accident Natalya and her mom move back in to her grandma’s house and to a small town that she used to visit over the summers. This is where she meets Tonio. He is also a kid who has a goal and that is to get a scholarship and go onto college and get out of the small town. I loved the speed in which the author took these two characters. Usually in a high school related book the Hero and heroine get together fairly quickly, in this book that is not the case. She had them actually form a friendship first and then progress at a normal and more natural rate. I really liked both Natalya and Tonio, but there is a part in this book I really wanted to smack Natalya upside the head….she just makes a bunch of stupid mistakes…thankfully Tonio and her friends Becca and James are there to help her through it.
I have to say that in this book the secondary characters were almost as important as the main characters. I liked them all equally. Becca and James were fabulous friends and everyone wishes they had friends like these two back in high school. I also really liked Becca’s parents. They played such a pivotal role in this book for both Natalya and her mom.
If you are a fan of the high school aged YA love stories then this is definitely one you should read. My only negative of the book is how it ended. There isn’t a cliffhanger or anything (it’s a completed story) but it just kind of ended. It was rather abrupt. I would’ve liked just a little more to really close out Natalya’s story with her Mom, Yuri, and Tonio.
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.