Instructions for Dancing
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: YA | Romance
Release Date: 3rd July 2021
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I’m back with another blog tour and this time it’s from one of my favourite authors! I jumped on this blog tour as soon as it was announced and in so glad I did because this is my favourite book of hers yet. If my review doesn’t convince you to read this book, I’m sure everyone else’s on the blog tour will.
Thank you The Write Reads and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and a stop on the blog tour.
Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began . . . and how it will end. After all, even the greatest love stories end with a broken heart, eventually.
As Evie tries to understand why this is happening, she finds herself at La Brea Dance studio, learning to waltz, fox-trot, and tango with a boy named X. X is everything that Evie is not: adventurous, passionate, daring. His philosophy is to say yes to everything–including entering a ballroom dance competition with a girl he’s only just met.
Falling for X is definitely not what Evie had in mind. If her visions of heartbreak have taught her anything, it’s that no one escapes love unscathed. But as she and X dance around and toward each other, Evie is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love. In the end, is love worth the risk?
I’ve just got to say, I loved this book from start to finish. Going into a book with such high expectations is always a bit scary, but I’ve never been happier to say that I was not disappointed at all. This book is everything I needed and more. What starts as a cute, dancing filled romance is sure to break your heart by the end and have you in tears.
The main character Evie is extremely relatable and so interesting to follow on her journey of love and what’s not so good about it. After being scared of love due to her parent’s relationship, everywhere around her is heartbreak. That is until she starts taking dancing lessons and meets her partner X and his irresistible qualities. As far as amazing, cute and fluffy romances go, this book definitely ticks all the boxes! Especially if one of those boxes include sobbing uncontrollably. It’s one of those books that leave you smiling at the beautiful inspiring writing but also just sat there crying not knowing what to do with yourself next.
The ballroom dancing is such a delight to read about as well. I can’t remember every reading a book centred around dancing before, but this is surely one I won’t forget now. The anticipation towards the dance competition is great and so much fun to root for. It’s really nice to have something else to focus on as well as their relationship.
For me what really made this book stand out is the hint of magic Evie discovers she has. With this power, we don’t just get to see the cute banter-filled relationship blossom between Evie and X. We also get to see this love and heartbreak through so many different characters love stories. It was a nice touch to the story and one I didn’t really expect!
Overall, Instructions for Dancing is a positively magical romance that is sure to rip your heart out. This book is written so perfectly and will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The overall story is extremely inspirational and one that will stay with you a while after you’ve finished.
About the Author
Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing, Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star. She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. Two of her novels have been made into major motion pictures. She’s also co-publisher of Joy Revolution, a Random House young adult imprint dedicated to love stories starring people of colour. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist David Yoon, and their daughter.
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If you liked this, read my review for Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon here.