Monday, August 25, 2014

One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij

One, Two, Three (One, Two, Three #1)Genre: YA contemporary
Release Date: June 26, 2014
Publisher: Createspace
Format: ebook                     Pages: 296
Series: One, Two, Three #1
Sources: Won From Stephanie @ A Dream Within A Dream, sent by Author

"Dancing will always be a part of me, but I a mlearning how to not only be a ballerina. I'm learning to be me". -Natalya

Goodreads Synopsis

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?

My Thoughts: 

The Cover: I really liked the cover for One, Two, Three. Honestly, as soon as I saw the cover, I knew I wanted to read it. Discarded ballet slippers and a bloody heart make for an interesting contrast.
The Plot:  While the cover sold me, Stephanie's review from her blog, A Dream Within a Dream, made me want to read it more. While I felt One, Two, Three was very high school drama-ish, the plot was very well done; it flowed nicely and there were no plot holes or glaring mistakes that distracted from the story. The story itself is in no way light reading, but the style in which it is written was. It is a story about becoming who you were meant to be and learning to be okay with that.

The Characters: While I liked the characters well enough, I felt they left much to be desired. I felt that they were kinda one-sided and predictable. I just did not become attached or feel anything for any of the characters.

Is it Worth Reading?:  For me, no. Again, I will say the plot was very well done; I just got bored about half-way through it. Maybe if I had developed some feelings about the characters, one way or another, I would have enjoyed the story. Maybe if I was younger(young teen, maybe), this would have worked for me. I recommend One, Two, Three to YA readers of contemporary(stressing YA) and give it 3/5 crossbows.

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