Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Elodie Nowodazkij and NetGalley.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?
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Elodie Nowodazkij and NetGalley.)
17-year-old Natalya was once a ballerina with an exciting career ahead of her, now she’s a girl with a damaged knee, a dead father, and a mother who drinks way too much.
Will Natalya ever dance again? And will her mother ever stop drinking?
This was a good story about a girl with a messed up life, and I enjoyed it.
Natalya was an interesting character. I felt really sorry for her with regards to the accident, and her grief, and then when she got more bad news I couldn’t blame her for feeling awful, and having problems coping. The amount of difficult events in this girls life was not good, and I felt so sorry about her messing up her dancing career.
The storyline in this book was pretty good, although the writing did feel a bit rough around the edges in places. I liked finding out about what had happened to Nata and her father, and I also liked the romance. Natalya and Tonio were so sweet together, and I liked how the relationship built slowly. I also liked how we actually got some real ballet stuff in here! I hate it when books claim to be about dance and then there’s no dance in there, but this one actually had dance! Yay!
The ending to this was good, but I was left with questions. I liked that Natalya got a bit of a happy ending, but I also wanted the mystery of what happened to her father to be solved, and I also wanted to know what would become of Natalya’s dancing career, as it didn’t really feel like those things were tied up enough at the end of the book.
Overall; good story, but I wanted more answers at the end,
7 out of 10.