Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Instructions for Dancing

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?
Book source ~ Tour
3 June 2021
YA | Contemporary
304 Pages

My Rating ~ 4 bites and a nibble

Evie Thomas is struggling with her feelings about her parents’ divorce. More, she’s mad that her dad cheated on her mom and she promised her mom she wouldn’t tell her little sister Danica. And finally, she’s down on love. Especially since a strange thing happened one afternoon. When she sees a couple kiss, she sees the beginning, the middle, and the end of their romance. She doesn’t know why this curse was bestowed upon her, but she blames it all on a book she found at a strange lady’s Little Free Library. So she decides to return the book, Instructions for Dancing, to the studio stamped inside. And that’s when her life takes a turn she didn’t see coming.

This is a wonderful and yet heartbreaking tale about love, relationships, and life. How things never stay the same and don’t always go as planned. And about taking chances. Beautifully written, it will pull you in, twirl you around, and not let go until the final note fades away. It is a book that will stay with you for a long time after the last page is read. If you like an author who puts their characters through the wringer then this is the book for you. Have a hanky ready because there are parts that would make a stone gargoyle bawl.

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 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. Both her novels have been made into major motion pictures. Nicola grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, novelist David Yoon, and their family.

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  1. Great review! I'm excited about this!

    1. Thank you! It's not my normal type of read (I'm more of a paranormal and action junkie with mysteries thrown in) but I really enjoyed it!