It's taken me a while to get to the lovely Elodie Nowodazkij's One, Two, Three--last year was a crazy year, and I'm not the biggest reader of contemporary. But this story was lovely.
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.
Why I Read It: Elodie is one of the wonderful YA authors I've gotten to know through this writing community, and when she put this book out, of course it went straight to my TBR list. A lot of the other authors in this same community loved the book, so I knew I would, too.
ZOMG Yes! I think the biggest thing about this story for me was the relationship between Nata and her mother (I mean, don't get me wrong--I loved the kissing scenes with Tonio). Her reaction to her mother's alcoholism felt very raw to me. In some ways, it angered me. She wanted to protect her mom, to help her, to hide her secrets. This is a very real way to react. I know, because I've seen it. And I hate it.
But it was well done.
I also loved her relationship with her best friend. Friendships carried me through my own teenage years, and this sort of friendship was spot on.
kthxbai If you like a good contemporary romance rich with emotion and family struggles, pick this one up.