Today is my stop on the blogtour for instructions for dancing by Nicola Yoon, thank you to Dave at The Write Reads for inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy
Synopsis: Evie is disillusioned about love ever since her dad left her mum for another woman – she’s even throwing out her beloved romance novel collection.
When she’s given a copy of a book called Instructions for Dancing, and follows a note inside to a dilapidated dance studio, she discovers she has a strange and unwelcome gift. When a couple kisses in front of her, she can see their whole relationship play out – from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to the last bitter moments of their break-up.
For Evie, it confirms everything she thinks she knows about love – that it doesn’t last.
But at the dance studio she meets X – tall, dreadlocked, fascinating – and they start to learn to dance, together. Can X help break the spell that Evie is under? Can he change Evie’s mind about love?
My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧
My thoughts: This book was everything I was hoping it would be and more, a seemingly anti romance with a bit of magical realism thrown in.
Evie was a big reader, romance being her favourite genre, any kind of romance, but then her dad shattered any illusion of a happy ever after when he cheated on her mum, Evie gave away all her books and now doesn’t believe in love!
One day she meets an old lady whe she finds a little library on the street, the old lady reminds her that if she’s leaving books then she needs to take one, the only other one there is a book about dancing, so she takes it.
But when she turns round to say thank you the lady is gone!
Ever since the day she took the book whenever she sees people kissing she sees the past present and future of their relationship, the only problem is.. they all seem to be splitting up, further solidifying her belief that love doesn’t exist!
Seeing an address inside the book she goes their to return the book and is thrown into entering a dance competition, but has no partner – in comes X.
Does X have what it takes to show Evie that love does exist if you’re looking in the right place?
Obviously there is a lot more that happens in this story, but if I told you it all then you wouldn’t get the joy of reading it 😂 so if you trust my judgment at all, just go and pick it up, I promise you won’t be disappointed!