Review: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Title: Instructions for Dancing

Author: Nicola Yoon

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children’s UK

The Blurb

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?

The Review

Well, I wasn’t emotionally prepared for Instructions for Dancing.

The story focuses on Evie – a young girl on the cusp of adulthood who is jaded by the notion of love since the divorce of her parents. She refuses to believe in love and rejects any notion of it until she meets X. X comes into her life like a whirlwind and he makes Evie reconsider her total rejection of amour.

To give any more information would be to reveal too much of the story but I will say that having read all of Noon’s books and loving each of them Instructions for Dancing has probably been my favourite. I was blown away.

Read this book!

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