Sunday, August 3, 2014

Review #12: One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij


Let's just appreciate the author's name for a sec.

Thank you. So 1,2,3 (as it shall now be known) floats like a sonata by Mozart.
Rating: 9/10
For: Anyone who is/was/wants to be a dancer.,
Actually, if you want to dance DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. It will make you want to dance. {More on that later}
My synopsis in a sentence: I want to be a ballerina now.
Cover impression: Well hello pointe shoes and darkness and ballet tights.
Blurb: 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?

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina. Every Tuesday I dilligently went along to my ballet classes, and learnt how to glissade at home. Yes, I taught myself how to spot (it's a pirouette thing) and pas de chat. But I was kicked out because I was too tall.

This book had me spinning around my room whilst reading it, as I was thrown into the world of Natalya and Tonio's romance (this is primarily a love story), yet Nata still struggles. She can't dance on her knee, yet has a place at a ballet school in NYC. She has to fill the gap the ballet filled so well, and turns to alcohol. This is by no means a book for the younger reader but very, very good.

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This was provided for free by Netgalley in return for an honest review.  

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