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!

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon is available now.

For more information regarding Nicola Yoon (@NicolaYoon) please visit www.NicolaYoon.com.

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Doing ItTitle: Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex

Author: Hannah Witton

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

The Blurb

Sexting. Virginity. Consent. The Big O … Let’s face it, doing it can be tricksy. I don’t know anyone (including myself) who has sex all figured out. So I’ve written a book full of honest, hilarious (and sometimes awkward) anecdotes, confessions and revelations. And because none of us have all the answers, I’ve invited some friends and fellow YouTubers to talk about their sexuality, too.

We talk about doing it safely. Doing it joyfully. Doing it when you’re ready. Not doing it. Basically, doing it the way you want, when you want. So. Let’s do this …

The Review

I have a very prudish mother and when I was younger (so much younger than today) she would turn the television over if kissing scenes got a little bit steamy. She would do this with a squeal saying “I’m not watching bonking!” I would love to say that she was just trying to protect my innocence because I was young but she still does it today. I’m 33 years old.

So a lot of the things about the facts of life I learned from reading. One book in particular springs to mind. I think it was called The Teenage Worriers Guide to Love or something of that ilk. To be fair I didn’t fully understand it then and sex education classes in school were (and to some extent, still are) atrocious. With a mother who had an almost Victorian view of sex and the school giving me a clinical and embarrassing account of it I was bound to be confused.

What I really needed was a book like Hannah Witton’s. Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex is an honest, frank and mature look at the perils of teenagedom when facing the pressing question of having sex. Witton doesn’t assume her audience knows the ins and outs (and ins and outs…you get the picture) but equally she doesn’t talk down to her readers. She treats them like equals and you get the sense that she has taken the old adage of write the book that you want to read and she has done it with aplomb. It is almost as if she has looked at her younger self and realised that if she didn’t know what was going on then there are probably thousands – nay, millions – who feel the same.

I work in a high school library and I would love to have this on our shelves so that the students that I work with can better equip themselves with the information before going into sex naively. Sadly, I think a lot of high schools will veto its purchase. It is a shame because Witton’s writing is brilliant. Hannah Witton, my 15 year old self salutes you.

Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton is available now.

For more information regarding Hannah Witton (@hannahwitton) please visit www.youtube.com/hannahwitton.

For more information regarding Hachette Children’s Group (@HachetteKids) please visit www.hachettechildrens.co.uk.

4 Stars