- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (15 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 149531961X
- ISBN-13: 978-1495319617
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,599,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One, Two, Three Paperback – 15 Jun 2014
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About the Author
Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn't seem to realize he's not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She's also a serial smiley user.
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In the meantime Natalya is rebuilding friendships that she let slide when she had no time for anything but dance, and learning to let people in. Then along comes Antonio, charming, sexy, but with problems of his own. His problems come to light just when Natalya’s mothers devastating secret comes out, driving Natalya to drink herself. Can she learn to trust and let people help her before she destroys her life?
This book is not one I tend to gravitate towards. But I found that once I started reading it, I was drawn in. The characters were so real, hurt by life, with everything seeming to break, yet they fought to regain control. When they fell down they picked one another up, the strength of bonds forming forged even stronger by their life situations. Natalya’s struggle to try and keep plates spinning, keep her mother in her job, keep herself in school, cope with the loss of her father and keep on trying to get back to dancing is a heartbreaking one, and seeing her try to do it along even more so. I found myself almost cheering when she started reaching out to people, and when her love interest blossomed cheered even more. She needed love, stability and hope. Ballet previously gave her all of that, and watching her have to find it in other ways was poignant, but beautiful at the same time. A beautiful and moving read.
I received this book from NetGalley for review, but all opinions are entirely my own.
I had high hopes for this book as the concept seemed interesting and for the first 30% of the book, the characters were intriguing. However, after that point, I found myself becoming annoyed at the speech and the storyline. The speech seemed unnatural throughout and whilst I liked the mixture of languages and felt that aspect was realistic to those characters, the speech in general felt stilted and uncomfortable. I became disinterested quite quickly and found myself skim-reading to get to a better part.
I didn't particularly feel connected to any of the characters, even our main character, and for that reason, I didn't really enjoy reading this book. I probably wouldn't recommend picking up this book due to the issues I've mentioned, but for the most part it had a promising storyline, a good amount of diversity in the characters and a drama-filled plot. I can see why others would love this story but unfortunately, it just wasn't for me.
Elodie Nowodazkji did a fantastic job at introducing the reader to the characters. Straight away I connected to them, and I could feel Natalya’s grief at the loss of her father, and her pain at having her future as a ballet dancer ripped away from her before it could begin.
It was the psychological aspects of this novel that really drew me in, and the author wrote them with such conviction that I felt myself absorbed in the emotional pains and stresses that NNatalya and her mother were going through. Having Natalya’s mother as an alcoholic added another dimension to the story which had my mind reeling with the implications. Would she become violent, emotionally or physically abusive? Or perhaps neglectful? All of the questions rose and I just had to keep reading to find out how Natalya’s home life would play out, and whether the unspoken truths that the two women were feeling would escalate in a way that made their relationship unsalvageable.
Antonio was a real breath of fresh air as a character. He swept in and attempted to keep the moments he was with Natalya light, even reminders of his own painful past returned. It was a sad realisation to see just how much young people are exposed to the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and the ways in which they will use it to escape their troubles. I loved that this story really brought in everyday issues that young people face, as it made it more realistic to read, and giving it all that more of an impact.
I adored how well rounded and developed the secondary characters were, and it was because of this that the novel really excelled. It was cleverly written how these characters were thrust into Natalya’s life, and the uncertainty Natalya feels towards letting people get too close, as it echoed perfectly the safe, solitary sanctuary that Natalya had created for herself at ‘The School of Performing Arts’, and the swift changes she had to make when she returned to a ‘normal’ life.
The only thing that is keeping me from rating this book at 5 stars, is the occasional stunted dialogue and development I felt there was in only a couple of scenes, almost as though it needed just one more look over by a beta reader. The scenes where Natalya gives in to alcohol, especially after her derision and disgust at her mother’s alcohol consumption seemed very suddenly out of character, and I didn’t quite feel her argument with Antonio flowed so well in this instance.
Nevertheless, this was a really wonderful, heartfelt book which is packed with the feel-good factor as we see a young girl overcome her past, and fight for her right to dance.
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