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One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij - No Spoiler Review | Teenage girls and their inability to contain attraction

July 14, 2015

Title: One, Two, Three
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
Series: Broken Dreams #1
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: June 26th 2014
Format Read: Netgalley E-Arc
Publisher: Createspace
Rating: ★★★☆☆
**I would like to thank Netgalley for providing me with an E-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review**
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?

When I went into the book, I expected a cliché romance, a "lost-girl-hates-guy-then-likes-guy-and-finds-herself-with-guy" kind of novel. I was right for the most part, but I still didn't hate it.

For some reason, I really did not like Natalya. I understood that she was going through a hell of a lot, she was feeling strange and she had good reasons for shutting everyone out, but she was just really weak as a character. She just gave into Antonio, the "sexy soccer player" as the synopsis annoyingly describes, way too easily. (Why does every love interest have to be described primarily as "sexy" or "hot" or "handsome" or "beautiful?" It's getting really really old.) That was the main thing that annoyed me. I wish the story was more focused on her ballerina dreams instead of the romance.

Tonio is another character I really didn't like - hate would be more accurate. He was a really annoying guy, and Natalya + Tonio = really bad. He kept calling her "Princesa" and she kept saying "oh stop it" and then turning back and saying "OHMYGAWND OHMYGAWD HE CALLED ME PRINCESA!" Talk about frustrating. He didn't even have an important character role except acting like the guy who saves the damsel in distress and I was not a fan of that at all.

Becca was my favourite character in the book. She was a tad bit annoying when she kept going back to James but she was a very loyal friend to Natalya and she was always there with her mom when Natalya was in trouble with her mom. I admired the incredibly close knit relationship.

The reason I gave this book 3 stars is because even though certain aspects of this book were not great, I understand that these things happen in real life. Some people have troubles with their family and they find a guy and they take a chance and trust them. People go back to their exes because of re-vamped feelings. I admire that these things that actually happen to humans in real life are being shown in a YA Contemporary book. I didn't enjoy the book, but the writing style was great. I flew through this book. I am not the biggest contemporary fan, but if you are, you should definitely give this a try.
-Rekha

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