Review of One, Two, Three

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?

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of One, Two, Three and I really enjoyed it. I totally went off the cover, so I had no real idea of what the story was about. I have always loved dancing, even though I have barely any dancing ability. I love Save the Last Dance, Center Stage and Step Up. They are my guilty pleasure. I was pleasantly surprised with One, Two, Three.

  • The story was original and interesting. At the beginning I had no real idea what the plot would be, but once the truth started to come out, it was really interesting.
  • I enjoyed Natalya. I could not imagine losing my father and my dream all at the same time. It was such a moving portrayal of her story and feelings. I thought it was very realistic, even though I have not been in that circumstance.
  • Natalya’s mother’s battle with alcohol was intense. I could not even imagine how hard the struggle would be. Both for her mother and for Natalya. I would have to assume that the author had someone close to her that struggled with alcoholism.
  • The support system from Becca’s family was awesome. I loved the way they cared for Natalya and her family. There wasn’t really judgement, just love. It was nice to see a strong support system when parents are typically out of the picture in YA books.
  • The boys in the book were interesting. It definitely wasn’t the best part of town to be in, and the guys around her were involved in drugs and other not so good activities. It was interesting to see the ballerina in the real world that was created in the book. Tonio was a neat character, he was flushed out and had a good side story that fit well with Natalya’s.

  • The pacing was just a bit spotty at the beginning. It definitely got better, but at first I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like the book.

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