I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING by Nicola Yoon Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on June 1, 2021
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
#1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon is back with her eagerly anticipated third novel. With all the heart and hope of her last two books, this is an utterly unique romance.
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?
Praise for INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING:
A Junior Library Guild selection
★ “An endearing, affecting exploration of the journey of love. Everything Yoon touches turns to gold and this cinematic supernatural romance will be no exception.”—Booklist, starred review
★ “A remarkable, irresistible love story that will linger long after readers turn the final page.”—Kirkus, starred review
★ “Yoon delivers a story of love’s unpredictability and the importance of perspective that unfolds with ease and heart.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “A sweet, genuine love story sure to pull on the heartstrings.”—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Yoon delivers this captivating story of first love with beautiful prose, clever dialogue that swings between laugh-out-loud funny and wildly insightful, clear respect for the complexity and nuance of her teen characters’ perspectives and emotions—and just enough magic to make it all truly unforgettable.”—BookPage, starred review
This book’s synopsis grabbed me right away, and I knew I had to read it. I also even saw the author on a Sunday morning news show a week or so ago, making me even more eager. So when I saw this blog tour coming up with Rockstar Book Tours, I signed up right away. And I was not disappointed at all! In fact, I read this in less than a day because it was so good!
A lot of things ended up in just the right place at the right time, coincidences? Or not? But every little detail and event made the story move in just the right direction at just the perfect speed! It wasn’t hard to understand why Evie was as upset as she was about her parents’ divorce. At her age, with the things that happened, it made sense. However, when she did finally get both her dad and her mom to talk about things, separately and at different times, it was exactly what she needed to hear. This book had a lot of good family issues and how they were dealt with in very realistic ways.
Then there were her friends, and all the ways that teens grow apart as they get older and their lives move to different stages. That senior year of college is a big one. I remember all my friends at that time, and how soon I didn’t really talk to any of them once I was at college and didn’t see them anymore. Of course that was before social media and keeping in touch online like we do today.
Finally, the curse, or when she started seeing how relationships would end. I figured at some point she’d have to see one that lasted, they couldn’t all end in divorce or break-up, etc. And when she finally saw that one, wow. It was so emotional to read. While it did change things for how Evie saw and dealt with her feelings on love, when she saw something more personal, man, that was a twist I didn’t see coming.
Of course it wasn’t hard to fall in love with X, Xavier. He was funny, and charming, and fun. The other aspect of this book that I loved is how Evie had been a big fan of contemporary romance stories, and how she drew on that familiarity in what was going on her life, and had trouble not comparing things to the stories she’d once loved.
A wonderful, sweet, short, fun book, but it had a lot of depth in its own way as well!
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.
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