Book Review: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

I’ve read and loved everything that Nicola Yoon has written. So, I decided to finally pick up her latest novel, Instructions for Dancing.

And, it did not disappoint.

This novel tells the story of Evi, whose dealing with the heartbreak of her parent’s divorce. She gains the ability to see couples’ fate once they kiss. She then stumbles upon a dance studio, where she meets X. Together, they enter a dancing competition, and take the steps they need for Evie to learn to heal. And, of course, Evie may fall for X somewhere in the process.

Okay, so I really loved this novel and everything about it. I closed the cover with teardrops in my eyes. Nicola Yoon did not disappoint with the novel, which is refreshing to hear when you’re talking about an author with two back to back bestsellers, which are Everything, Everything and the Sun is Also a Star.

What I loved about this book is that I loved reading about the different relationships between Evie and her friends, Evie and her parents and of course, Evie with X. Watching Evie learn to open herself up to the possibility of falling in love even if it runs the risk of getting hurt was amazing. At the beginning, Evie is scarred from her parents divorce and by learning that her father had an affair. Over time, Evie begins to heal thanks to her taking the chance to learn to dance, and that evolves in her relationships. She even learns to forgive her father. That said, this novel explores the meaning of what it means to love and learn to forgive those we love when they make mistakes.

That said, I also loved how Evie had the ability to see the path of a relationship. Those chapters were so fun to read, even though at some points, it became awkward when she learned the fate of her friends’ relationship. Of course, her gift gives her the foresight to see her own heartbreak as well. I thought that was really interesting, and it made me think of what it would be like to possess that gift.

Overall, I can not say enough good things about this book. I loved the writing, the message and the characters. It’s a book that I enjoyed reading — like Yoon’s other books — and could not put down. It tugs at your heart strings, and I will leave you with a tissue warning. You will need it as you get to the end of the book.

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