Tuesday, July 8, 2014

One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij

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?
First line:
Chopin's music is the soundtrack of my life.
4 soccer balls out of 5
One, Two, Three is a book about a girl who must discover who she is she after she loses everything: her future career, her school, full use of her leg, and her father. Throughout the book, she struggles to adjust to her new life. Her mom is an alcoholic. She's never had friends that she didn't only talk about dance with. She learns to spread her wings and become her own person. The ups and downs Natalya experiences were beautifully written and very realistic.

Tonio is going through his own rough patch. His brother has moved back to Colombia. Tonio himself has recently extracted himself from a bad crowd. Now he throws himself into soccer to give him something to focus on. But Natalya discovers him drunk one day and doesn't know if she can deal with another person in her life who turns to alcohol. I love Tonio. He is sweet and obviously cares very deeply for his family. He is funny and athletic.

Natalya's best friend Becca was awesome, too. She was funny and caring. Her parents also care for Natalya and her mom. I liked that she helped Natalya through her struggles. I also liked that, when Natalya was in a bad place, when she learned that Becca needed her, she pulled herself together and came running to the rescue. That's what friends do. They're there for each other through thick and thin, no matter if it conveniences them or not.

I hope you enjoy this novel about dancing and soccer as much as I did.

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