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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the-sun-is-also-a-starTitle: The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

The Review

Having read (an loved) Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, I was really excited to read her new novel The Sun is Also a Star and boy did Nicola Yoon deliver.

The Sun is Also a Star is a story of fate, science, aligning stars and opportunities. It is a book version of Sliding Doors.

Natasha and Daniel meet in bizarre circumstances and their life seems destined to intertwine. There are a few problems on the way. Natasha doesn’t believe in fate and Daniel doesn’t realise that he only has a few hours left with a girl that he has fell in love with at first sight.

Whilst The Sun is Also a Star is a book about first love and destiny it is also about real life issues that are still scarily relevant such as illegal immigrants and racial family values. It is these deeper issues that make The Sun is Also a Star much more than just a silly romance story. They reveal the dark times in which we live and how they impact on people in ways that you can’t even imagine possible.

What makes The Sun is Also a Star even more special is the little life interludes of the supporting cast. When you read it, you will see what I mean.

If possible, Nicola Yoons follow-up novel is even better than her debut, Everything Everything but you should read them both.

Read my review of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon here.

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4-stars

The Blurb

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

The Review

Wow.

I mean, just wow.

Everything, Everything is unlike any book that I have ever read before.

Everything, Everything is about eighteen year old Madeline Whittier who is unlike your normal teenager. She has never been to school, doesn’t spend time with her friends of a weekend and has never gone even a little bit crazy. This is because Madeline has no immune system.

She is constantly monitored by a nurse; her mother has control over her well being and spends her time looking after her. Maddie is schooled via Skype. But to Maddie this is normality. It is only when Olly moves in the house next door that Madeline realises that maybe, just maybe she can have a bit of different normality.

Ok, now that I have that oxymoron out of the way, let’s talk about Everything, Everything. This book is phenomenal. Now I don’t like to hyperbolise things so I genuinely mean what I say here. It. Is. PHENOMENAL.

Yoon has masterfully created a world that is almost oppressive to read about. I felt Madeline’s frustrations, her claustrophobia and her desire for something more. I would hate to live a life that in fact wasn’t being lived at all. I actually felt myself clawing at my throat to get more air.

Everything, Everything is one of the best books that I have read in 2015 if not ever. You must read this.

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