Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

 
Halito! Welcome to the next stop on the Instructions for Dancing blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks for stopping by today, and don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom! For the full tour schedule, please visit the Rockstar Book Tours website.

About the Book: 

Title: INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING
Author: Nicola Yoon
Pub. Date: June 1, 2021
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 304
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N Exclusive Signed Edition, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon is back with her eagerly anticipated third novel. With all the heart and hope of her last two books, this is an utterly unique romance.

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? 


Praise for INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING:

A Junior Library Guild selection

★ “An endearing, affecting exploration of the journey of love. Everything Yoon touches turns to gold and this cinematic supernatural romance will be no exception.”—Booklist, starred review

★ "A remarkable, irresistible love story that will linger long after readers turn the final page."—Kirkus, starred review

★ “Yoon delivers a story of love’s unpredictability and the importance of perspective that unfolds with ease and heart.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “A sweet, genuine love story sure to pull on the heartstrings.”—School Library Journal, starred review

★ “Yoon delivers this captivating story of first love with beautiful prose, clever dialogue that swings between laugh-out-loud funny and wildly insightful, clear respect for the complexity and nuance of her teen characters’ perspectives and emotions—and just enough magic to make it all truly unforgettable.”—BookPage, starred review

 


I went into this one thinking it would be a fluffy, fun book, but I was wrong! Instructions for Dancing gave me ALL THE FEELS, Y'ALL. I don't think my heart will every fully heal after reading this one. It's definitely an experience I won't soon forget. The story was magical, entertaining, and contains an epic love story. That ending though...πŸ™„

Yoon has written a story that isn't just about falling in love, but what happens when you fall out of it, too. We get to see what happens when a main character chooses themselves over someone else. It was a rough read, I'm not going to lie, but I think it was beautifully written and really captured the essence of love in its many forms. 

I loved the magical twist to this book, and think it added another layer to Evie and her story. The dancing was an added bonus, too. SPICY! I want to find someone to salsa with! I enjoyed watching Evie try and learn new things, but I also liked seeing her grow into herself. I'm 90% sure there going to make a movie out of this one, because how could they not?


About Nicola Yoon:

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing, Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star. She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. Two of her novels have been made into major motion pictures. She’s also co-publisher of Joy Revolution, a Random House young adult imprint dedicated to love stories starring people of color. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist David Yoon, and their daughter.



Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of INSTRUCTIONS FOR DANCING, US Only.

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