#TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour Review: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A beautiful and magical romance about learning to live in the moment.

Thank you so much to The Write Reads, Penguin, and Nicola Yoon, for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and media kit!

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About the Author

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing, Everything, Everythingand 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 color. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist David Yoon, and their daughter.

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon is back with a new and utterly unique romance.

Evie is disillusioned about love ever since her dad left her mum for another woman – she’s even throwing out her beloved romance novel collection.

When she’s given a copy of a book called Instructions for Dancing, and follows a note inside to a dilapidated dance studio, she discovers she has a strange and unwelcome gift. When a couple kisses in front of her, she can see their whole relationship play out – from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to the last bitter moments of their break-up.

For Evie, it confirms everything she thinks she knows about love – that it doesn’t last.

But at the dance studio she meets X – tall, dreadlocked, fascinating – and they start to learn to dance, together. Can X help break the spell that Evie is under? Can he change Evie’s mind about love?

Review (No Spoilers)

This is the second Nicola Yoon book I’ve read so far (I read The Sun is Also a Star last year) and it is just as wonderful!

Instructions for Dancing tells the story of a high school senior, Evie, as she struggles with the idea that love isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. After her father has an affair and leaves their family to be with another woman, Evie has lost all faith in happy relationships. Even worse, she suddenly gains the power to see the beginning, middle–and end–of all romantic relationships. And if they all end, was it even worth it?

I found Evie’s character to be incredibly believable, especially as someone who was in shoes very similar to hers. When I was a junior in high school, I caught my father in an affair with another woman. I cried the entire way home, and once I got there, continued to cry even more. I felt (and continue to feel) all of the negative emotions that Evie goes through in this book. I even (much like Evie) went through a period of time where I no longer believed in love. Needless to say, I think Nicola Yoon did a really, really good job at portraying what this type of heartbreak feels like.

The main theme (and overarching question) of this novel is a tough one to tackle. Evie is forced to consider what the point of falling in love is when everything might be doomed to fall apart at some point in the future. It’s a question that I think is kind of unanswerable because the answer no doubt changes from person to person. If people knew that their relationships were doomed to end, I think a lot of them would choose to not fall in love at all. I think this novel is dedicated to those people. A challenge to open your mind to the idea that it’s whats happening now that really matters. How many of us are missing out on living our current lives because we’re too busy being worried about what might happen? How many opportunities, how many life experiences, have we left behind?

Instructions for Dancing is an endearing and heartbreaking love story, but it’s also so much more than that. There are several life lessons and profound questions crammed in this 300 page book, and the result is incredibly powerful. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone even thinking about adding it to their TBR.


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8 thoughts on “#TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour Review: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

  1. This sounds like such a lovely, original romance story. I’m glad you enjoyed it, I really enjoyed reading your review. It’s always a risk to fall in love… the best books lead readers to ponder the big questions.

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