One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

by Ms Elodie Nowodazkij

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ISBN-13: 9781495319617
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2014
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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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One, Two, Three 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Aliciads More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, especially since I love ballet. This story is a story about loss.Not only did Natalya lost her father in a car accident, she also lost her ability to dance on the highest level possible for a girl her age. She isn’t able to return to New York and to audition for Juilliard. Her mom tries to drown her grief with alcohol. Natalya’s life is a mess but she’s got her old best friend to help her trough this dark part of her life. Not only does Natalya fall in love in this book, she also discovers some things about her family that turns her life upside down. This book is about love, grief, loss, friendship, growth and the love for dance. I really enjoyed this book, it’s one of my favourites even. This isn’t a sappy romance book, it is dark, filled with loss and grief. But eventually, Natalya figures out a way to make her life work, to forgive and love. And to accept things the way there are. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves contemporary YA. I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
ohitsmandi More than 1 year ago
So when I first started this book I was not sure that I would like it. However, I am happy to say that in the end I really did enjoy reading it. If you are looking for a diverse read then this one is definitely for you! I really enjoyed the characters and could see why they did the things that they did. Overall I'd say that it was an enjoyable read but there was one thing that really bothered me. The dance terms being used outside of the dance context really annoyed me. I would have been okay with one or two but there were just too many and I felt like it was cheesy. The story being told is so much better than cheesy and I was a bit annoyed that they were used. HOWEVER, that is a very small complaint. Overall I liked this one! 
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
One, Two, Three could have been just a run of the mill YA contemporary romance, but instead Elodie Nowodazkij has created a sensitive and poignant story, which asks the reader to look at events and the character's mistakes with compassion. Since childhood Natalya has the goal to become a prima ballerina, sacrificing a social life and friendships to train, but following the car accident which killed her Papa and left both her knees smashed, she is left grieving for everything she has lost. Natalya is not badass or even entirely streetwise and at times her vulnerability can be mistaken for naivety, but she is dedicated and caring. As her Mama chooses to find comfort in a vodka bottle, Natalya struggles to deal with her own memories and helping her Mama heal. Natalya knows there are secrets being kept from her and Elodie Nowodazkij reveals these to her reader simultaneously with Natalya's discovery, meaning our shock is equal to hers. The connection between Natalya and Tonio is immediately obvious, but they bring each other happiness and considering their personal difficulties this is well deserved. They share a tangible physical and emotional dynamic which adds to the intensity of the story. Elodie Nowodazkij's story encompasses a multi-cultural society and she adds to its authenticity by using Spanish and Russian, which is not always translated. One, Two, Three is a novel about truth, finding release and relationships. Elodie Nowodazkij's writing flows gracefully, like the ballet motif she uses and I would rush to read more of her books. A full 5 hearts from me and a definite recommendation!
wheeldav More than 1 year ago
Great book! Sad at times, but really a strong message regarding drinking and family love. Tonio couldn't have been any sweeter and more supportive. I loved his little sister, Karina. Nata has a difficult time dealing with the accident, which caused both the death of her father and the death of her dream to become a prima ballerina. I enjoyed her time at the community center. Her friendship with Becca is one to treasure. Becca and her parents are helpful to Nata and her mom through many issues. They really step to the plate. Becca's mom is troubled and needs help to get stronger. Uncle Yuri really does seem to care and tries to help both Becca and her mom. ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Jenna_silver More than 1 year ago
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Nataly aka Nata is going through some very hard times, her dad past away 5 months ago and in the same accident her bones, her dreams and future were shattered. Nata has been dancing since she was a little girl, ballet was her passion. Nata was attending the School or Performing Arts in New-York. Now she and her mother have moved to New- Jersey and she has to start going to a regular high school. Her mother’s drinking is becoming worse and Nata has to walk with knee braces. Antonia has his own problems, an ex girl friend who won’t leave him alone, his brother is an addict and has left a trail of problems behind. Nata and Antonio/ Tonio have chemistry from the start. This was an o.k read, good for a debut. The story didn't pull me in like I wanted to. There’s no comparison with Perfect Chemistry. This book has a different story.  I missing some more heavy emotions and character development.  The Spanish and Russian sentences gave the book some more flavor.
ecamp2 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Whenever I had to, I found myself wondering what would happen to Natalya next. As an English teacher, I often look for books that create opportunities for teenagers to think about and discuss important issues that they are dealing with as they become adults, and this book is a great addition to my list! One Two Three deals with alcoholism, drug-dealing, choosing a path for yourself vs. following the path that your parents want for you, understanding adults' reasons for keeping secrets, determining the right time to lose your virginity, relying on friends when times are tough, not giving up on yourself when all seems lost, and forgiveness. Elodie Nowodazkij integrated all of these important topics beautifully in a narrative about a teenage girl who had survived a life-changing car accident, moved to a new town, and created new friends while learning to rely on old ones--all while her family life seemed to be crumbling. The novel ends before Natalya's story is really over, which leaves me hopeful that there will be a sequel. I know that a prequel is in the works, and I am excited to read this, so I can truly understand what Natalya's life was like before the accident. I gave the novel 4 stars instead of 5 because some of the drama seemed overdone or lasted too long. For example, I thought the secret that her mother had been keeping from her was very obvious early on in the story, but it took a long time for it to be revealed, and Natalya had not even considered what the secret really is when she was trying to put the pieces together. However, overall, I found the characters to be extremely relatable and well-written, which created an enjoyable, yet emotional, read.
jeneaw34 More than 1 year ago
  A while back I had this as a WoW pick, the cover is gorgeous with the pointe shoes, love those and the description sounded right up my alley. And, I love a good ballet book so, how could I not want to immerse myself in this little beauty. I was in no way disappointed when I closed this book.   Nata is a wonderfully talented ballerina, who suffered a loss that no teenage girl should have to. Losing her Dad was devastating enough and now there are questions that popped up about the accident and what really happened and why. Her mother who hasn’t taken her husbands death all that well which is expected, but she drunk all the time and it her way of numbing the pain. But Nata needs her more than ever. Her knee is severely injured which puts her dream of becoming a famous ballerina on hold and she isn’t sure what to do with the questions about her fathers death, or even what to do about her mother.   Nata is such a strong and resilient characters having been through what she has. She has a sassy mouth and tells it like it is, but is loyal to her family and her friend Becca. Becca is a pretty amazing friend too, had to throw that in there. Tonio hasn’t had a easy time growing up. He seems to be a good guy, but has some things in his past that he is trying to get past. I do wish we would have gotten more about his past with Camilo and Diego who were a big part of his life. We do get a little about Camilo though. Anyway back to Tonio, I really liked him. He set his sights on Nata from the start, Nata not so much. The romance was genuine. It isn’t fast or insta-lovey, I don’t think Nata really liked Tonio all that much at the beginning, so it was great to see their relationship evolve into a sweet one. There are few other characters that had a large role in Nata and Tonio’s lives and they seemed to well developed and played their parts well.   The plot had depth, dealing with death and grief, alcohol use and family struggles. It isn’t fast paced, it gives the time to get to know these two and become invested them. They have been through so much and have had so many obstacles to overcome. You feel their struggles and pain, and you want them to heal. Together Nata and Tonio can help each other. There are some things that were revealed that change things not only for Nata but Tonio also. The ending gave Nata and Tonio a HEA, but there were still some questions left, and it was a little open ended. I am curious to see if the author will continue more of Nata and Tonio’s story or maybe another one of the characters. I would certainly be interested in either one. I have to mention all the ballet terms that were throughout this, having taken ballet for a lot of years, it was so vivdly described, it was as if I could picture exactly what Nata’s steps and turns. It was just beautiful!   One, Two, Three was everything that I hoped for, from the parts dealing with ballet, to Nata and Tonio and each of their families, to the romance that I just couldn’t get enough of. I found myself smiling at things that they both said to each other. This is a heart breaking story of grief, forgiveness, but a wonderful story of love and hope.
MandieBaxter More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of the movies Center Stage and Save The Last Dance (which I so very much am), then you'll love this book. It's full of forever friendship, sweet romance and a bit of family turmoil and mystery. Elodie did an amazing job with this book.
H_Simone More than 1 year ago
Natalya has dreamed of nothing short of being a professional ballerina for as long as she can remember. That was before a tragic car accident took her dad's life, her dreams of dancing, and pushed her mother over the edge. Now Natalya is forced to live in her Babushka's house, alone with an alcoholic mother, and go to a high school with her only real friend. Adding to the mess she now calls her life is troubled Tonio, who makes her heart do ballet moves every time he's near. Topping it all off is the question regarding what everyone else thinks really happened that night of the accident. Oh, how I love Natalya and Tonio! Both are so beautifully broken by life and things out of their control. And finding your way through life when everything seems so hopeless can feel so defeating. I really loved Natalya and identified with her through her struggles to make everything look perfect on the outside. She has to deal with an alcoholic mother and the loss of her father on her own. It’s not easy, especially trying to keep up appearances while navigating a new high school. I found myself smiling like an idiot at the parts when Natalya and Tonio were together. At one point I was waiting for my daughter after school and I had no clue the rest of the cars ahead of me had moved forward. Yes, I was that parent, clueless and holding up the line while I read an exchange between the two. I loved the writing and the world Natalya lives in. Although I never took ballet, I loved the references Natalya made to the moves as her life, and heart, went through the motions. It really showed just how much of her life revolved around something she may never be able to do. She’s lost everything, and now she’s navigating it nearly alone. I’m really hoping for more of Natalya and Tonio!
Zanne17 More than 1 year ago
As a dancer (I've taken tap for almost 10 years) and a huge fan of the movie "Center Stage," I knew I would like this book. I loved the ballet terms that were sprinkled throughout the book and how music fit into the story. However, you don't need to be a dancer or even like dance to appreciate this story or relate to the challenges Natalya faces, both physically and mentally. The book tackles serious subjects like addiction and loss, but there's also cute boys, kissing, friendship, family secrets, fun, hope and a class of adorable little kids. Great story - highly recommend!
COBauer More than 1 year ago
Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. “One, Two, Three” is an easy read—perfect for a lazy Sunday. I took this baby down in 2.5 hours. This is a beautiful story about a teenage girl dealing with loss, addiction, new love and finding the strength to move on. I thought the story flowed well and Ms. Nowodazkij handled some pretty intense issues simply and gracefully. The problems felt real, as did the way these characters behaved. Yes, there was a love story and it was definitely enjoyable, but it wasn’t the focus and it wasn’t Natalya's salvation. Finding her way was up to her. Props for writing strong characters! Only real criticism is that the author was a bit heavy handed with the dance metaphors. At first they were cute and fun, particularly from a dancer’s perspective—but after the 5th or 6th time I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. Every writer has their quirk and this was clearly hers. Other than that I thought her style was great. Looking forward to seeing how her writing matures. Definitely give this one a read!