A beautiful romance.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
#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?
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?
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
Is love worth the risk? Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon took me on a magical, romantic ride to make me believe love is indeed worth the risk.
It has what every romance book worth its salt has – a lead pair with amazing chemistry, supportive friends, and gorgeous locales. It is what every good romance book should be – endearing, swoon-worthy, and romantic.
The list does not end here. Instructions For Dancing features a heroine afraid to fall in love, a hero who is not, a bittersweet ending, and a sprinkle of magic.
The magic happens at the start which makes the book intriguing. Best not read the blurb, though. Just go in blind and enjoy the ride. Yoon’s effortless writing style made it easy for me to finish the book quickly.
Further, I found the characters to be three-dimensional. Apart from the romance, I loved the various scenes where Evie would hang out with all her friends.
Evie undergoes a huge transformation. Scared of believing in happily-ever-afters after her parents’ divorce, she takes an immense leap of faith with Xavier. Reading the last 20% of the book did make me teary-eyed. But by then, Nicola Yoon had already sold me the concept of living in the moment and experiencing it whole-heartedly. So, along with Evie, I too swallowed my tears and gave into the flow of the story.
To conclude, I liked Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon and would recommend it to romance lovers.
Genre: Contemporary Romance || Pages: 304 || Published on 3rd June 2021 by Penguin
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Many thanks to Dave @ TheWriteReads for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
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 color. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist David Yoon, and their daughter.