Book Review: Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Today’s post is something I don’t review too often: a young adult book. I think you might recognise the author too.

Goodreads Blurb

Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon

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?

Instructions For Dancing Book Cover


Although the main characters in Instructions For Dancing are teenagers, it’s not what you would expect from a teenage love story. Both Evie and X were quite mature and had the sensibilities of adults when it came to their relationship, meaning it’s not a cheesy love story. And the love story is really just a catalyst for some deeper topics: is there such a thing as true love and is it better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all? And, most importantly, how important it is to live in the moment.

There is also a fantastical element to this story, what with Evie having visions of how a relationship will end. Honestly? I think this element should have been developed more or not have been included at all. The story didn’t need these visions so, for me, they stood out like a sore thumb.

Instructions For Dancing is a good book but it wasn’t for me. I don’t really connect to YA anymore and I took a chance on the book because I recognised the author. Saying that, I’m sure that YA lovers will adore this book.

Pick up your copy of Instructions For Dancing here.

I was want a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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