Review: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

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WARNING: This post contains minor spoilers. Read at your own risk!

All I have to say before I jump into this review.

Nicola Yoon… WHY.

The Synopsis:

“In this romantic page-turner from the author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star, Evie has the power to see other people’s romantic fates–what will happen when she finally sees her own?

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?”

“Given enough time, all love stories turn into heartbreak stories.

Heartbreak = love + time.

Read This If You Love…

  • Love stories within a love story
  • A main character facing a huge challenge
  • BIPOC characters
  • A book that completely rips your heart to shreds

“It occurs to me that an unhappy ending for one person can mean a happy beginning for another.”

My Review

I finished this book around 11 pm on a weeknight and for some reason, my husband was still awake. He turned to me and asked, “well, did it break your heart like you predicted?”

My response was, “Yup.”

Truthfully, I don’t even know where to begin.

What. A. Journey.

Another one of those where you think you know what will happen, but you really have no idea.

In the beginning, Evie doesn’t believe in love, which as a child who has divorced parents… I completely understand her feelings. As a character, Nicola Yoon does a great job of depicting Evie as an angsty teenager who is navigating her parents’ divorce while trying to figure out love, friendship, and life.

Evie and X’s story starts to evolve and get more serious, which as a reader I was excited about it and how far they would go as a couple. When Evie finally saw the vision of her and X, I had high hopes.

Only for them to be shattered, my heart to be broken, and Nicole Yoon to teach her readers a thing about LIFE.

I literally closed this book and said, “damn.”

It is an interesting thing to know the fate of some of the characters beyond the book.

Overall, Instructions for Dancing gets five out of five paws from me because it is SO impactful, emotional, and raw. I have no doubts it will be one of my top books of 2021.

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