This ARC was given to me via NetGalley for an honest review.
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?
I really enjoyed this story. It was beautifully written and the best kind of emotional.
The characters made this book what it was. Nata goes from being a strong ballerina to having her world turned upside-down. She is living with her Russian mother who is addicted to vodka. A Russian hooked on Vodka. Stereotypical? Yes, but I loved it. Nata also has to deal with the death of her father and her fear that she will never be able to dance again.
Tonio just wants to be a good guy. His brother has gotten into some trouble and Tonio doesn't want to end up the same way. Plus is having little luck winning over the new girl with his adorable advances.
Nata and Tonio's connection was electric. I really liked the connection between them and when their relationship was tested I wanted them to work it out. I also enjoyed Nata's relationship with Becca. They were good for each other. They were more like sisters than best friends and I admired that.
This book was released a few days ago, so go get your copy now.