Blurb 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.
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?
One Two Three reminded me of a book with similar story I read years ago. It was from author who already has a lot of book which apparently didn’t guarantee I’ll like the book I read. In fact I didn’t like it at all. I’m so glad that this debut has the opposite result for me. I think this is a good debut. I liked the writing, it wasn’t flawless yet it was engaging with good pace. It wasn’t too slow but wasn’t too fast either. Although I can figure out what really happened to Nata from the beginning, the story and the characters can make me read it in one sitting.
I liked the characters. Nata, as the MC tell her story clearly. She doesn’t hold back anything, though I also have to say that I wasn’t quite like the way she tells her POV the first few chapters. She likes to repeat something that I’ve already known over and over. It was like she wants to make sure that I understand her. Tonio, I liked him enough as Nata’s love interest but I think his character can be explored more. I want more stories about his relationship with Camilo and Diego. It felt like he doesn’t show enough his past to me. But it was Camilo and Rita that was quite surprised me. To be honest, I was waiting for them to be cliche high school antagonists. You know the bad hot guy and typical gorgeous ex-girlfriend who gets jealous and all. I’m happy I was wrong because they weren’t like that. But again, I think they can have bigger story here.
As for the ending, I’m happy Nata gets her happy ending but I felt like it’s a bit an open ending. There are things that sort of unclear. I don’t know whether it means that there will be another story as a sequel or this is a really standalone with open ending. Either way, I’m up if there will be more Nata and Tonio story.