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Instructions for Dancing


Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: June 1st 2021


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All I knew about this book going in was that it featured dancing and I love romance books with dancing in them so that’s really all I needed to know. So considering the fact that i knew nothing about the book, I was so pleasantly surprised by how much more I was given!

I mean, I really didn’t expect there to be a whole sort of magical ability storyline, and it was so well done! I loved the sort of irony that Evie suddenly had this ability to see a whole relationship in the blink of an eye, especially because she’s given up on romance actually existing! Consider me swept off my feet with this beautiful story of heartbreak and loss and a little bit of magic and love!

I love that X is this guy that is a keep moving forward, optimistic and “always. say yes” attitude sort of guy because he’s so much different than Evie and seeing the relationship grow truly made my heart flutter. of course, it wouldn’t be a Nicola Yoon book without a big gasp moment and trust me, it was so beautifully done. I truly didn’t expect my heart to feel every emotion, but I definitely did!

Not only did this explore romantic relationships, but the beautiful friendships Evie had honestly were so so relatable. Evie has to go through a lot but she has really great supportive friends (even when she has a lot of growth to go through). Without spoiling, I just really understood Evie’s sort of pessimistic approach to relationships (of all kinds) and the way that the story was told in this book made it incredibly relatable!

If you enjoy literary references, dance competitions, first kisses, and a little bit of magic, I would highly recommend this! This is my favorite Nicola Yoon book so far for sure! If you enjoy “opposites attract” sort of pairings, different family and friendship dynamics, flashbacks, and feeling basically every emotion ever, you’ll definitely love this book!

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