Saturday, 7 June 2014

One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij

Title: One, Two, Three...
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Online Ratings: 4.7 out of 5 stars



Summary from Goodreads:

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 Opinion:

One, Two, Three... by Elodie Nowodazkij is a fantastic novel which revolves around a teenager, Natalya who is facing some difficult hardships. This novel explores the story of a girl who is lost due to the death of her father. The main themes that are explored in this novel are overcoming adversities, accepting your challenges, first love, friends and family. This novel is not only about overcoming challenges but is also about accepting your new true self. These themes help make this book acceptable to be read at any age over 13. In this novel we see Natalya's recovery process from the car accident in which her dad died. This recovery process comes to represent that every individual have their own way of defeating challenges. Antonio, the main male protagonist, helps Natalya to cope with her new school life and also challenges at home. He helps bring her out of her shell and also takes time to learn more about her, helping her in any way he can. Antonio himself is facing many challenges at home and school after his brother moved after town. Antonio had to fix the problems his brother left behind and seeing another story in the novel come to 'play' was extraordinary. Both Natalya and Antonio's story are relatable too making readers fell empathy and love for these characters. From first person perspective we could really feel Natalya's emotions and place ourselves into her hardships. This helped create a stronger bond between the reader and the main female protagonist. One, Two, Three... is a beautiful novel which will definitely leave you in a "reading slump" for days. The characters are so life like and relatable to that you will never want to stop reading this novel. Elodie Nowodazkij has written a phenomenal novel which definitely captures the interest of the audience. I enjoyed this novel so much that I finished it in less than a day. I definitely recommend you to pick up this novel on the 26th of June at your local bookstore. I am glad that Elodie Nowodazkij was kind enough to send me an e-arc as this novel really reached out to me and captured my attention. 

- Erisha <4

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