Title: Instructions for Dancing
Author: Nicola Yoon
Release Date: 3/6/21
E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 42
(see below for breakdown)
I received a free copy from penguin platform ,via The Write Reads in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my 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?
What’s this Fiona reading a contemporary YA romance and enjoying it! Yes I really did. What drew me to this one was the promise of Ballroom dancing. I will admit it is a secret passion of mine, and while I haven’t danced in years I love it still. So I was really intrigued by the blurb and this book really delivered.
It is just such an endearing read, with just a hint of the mystical that adds to the fun. I really enjoyed the writing style. This book is amazingly sweet and heart-wrenchingly sad. I really loved the writing style it felt very natural. I loved that it covered all aspects of love both the whirlwind and joy of falling in love but also the ways people can fall out of love. It explores both romantic love, family love and friendship in such lovely ways. All of these relationships really captured me and I became super invested in them in a very short space of time.
My only wish is that there was more interaction with the dancing. I loved FiFi that eccentric dance instructor, and I do feel the Dancing competition just somewhat fell by the wayside and was overshadowed which for me as it was what initially interested me in the book. but overall this book is just so moving and lovely and just pulled me in to the point where I couldn’t put it down.