A huge thanks to Dave and crew over at #TheWriteReads for organising this book tour and to Nicola Yoon, Penguin Random House and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
#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?
Length: 304 Pages
Publishing: 3rd June 2021
Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is a YA novel or that it’s short because there is a whole lot of emotion and truth packed into this joyful little bundle.
Nicola Joon just gets love; the good, the bad and the downright ugly of it all. The way not every love ends in way in which we hope and dream but the fact that it exists at all, and that we are privileged to be part of it is what really counts. It’s about embracing love in all forms and completely giving yourself over and allowing it into your heart.
Despite the intensity of the message, the actual story of Evie and X is told gently, with a little humour and whole lot of emotion. I completely fell in love with everything about this novel immediately and found myself unable to put it down. Once I’d finished, I struggled to let go of the characters and felt as though I wanted more – even though the end was a satisfying conclusion.
The characters felt like typical young adults, struggling with many issues that you’d encounter in real life e.g. love, friendship, the future, home situations etc. Evie is lost after her father leaves and is disillusioned about love. You can feel her dichotomy oozing from each page as she rejects and resists love from different sources whilst wanting nothing more from deep inside. In the beginning she comes across as defensive and prickly but it soon becomes clear there’s almost a different person hiding behind a shell. X is such a fun character. He’s easy going and quite the opposite of Evie but the chemistry is instant. I love his outlook and philosophy on life and he was exactly what Evie needed when he came along. Lots of supporting characters really help bring Evie and X to life and turn their story into something wonderful.
This is a beautiful romance novel that will pull on your heartstrings whilst leaving you feeling refreshed and with complete faith in the process of love. Highly recommended.
Author Bio – Nicola Yoon
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.