Instructions for Dancing


#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.

In this romantic page-turner from the author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star, Evie has the power to see other people’s romantic fates—what will happen when she finally sees her own?

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?

Publication Date: 01 Jun 2021

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  • Praise for Instructions for Dancing:

    “It’s like an emotional gut punch—so beautiful and also heart-wrenching."—US Weekly

  • "Nicola Yoon writes from the heart in this beautiful love story."—Good Morning America

  • "A charming, wholehearted love story that's sure to make readers swoon."—Entertainment Weekly

My Review:

3 Stars
After her father cheats on her mother and ruins their marriage Evie no longer believes love exists. She drops off her beloved romance books at the local little library and receives a book from a mystery woman. Where she ends up going to a dance studio and meetings the book's love interest. Yoon doesn't disappoint in this great summer read for 2021. Sweet, beautiful writing and a quick weekend read that, of course, answer the long old question of if love is worth all that pain.


3.5 stars - thank the publisher and NetGalley for a copy of Instructions for Dancing for my honest review. I went out and purchased a copy this morning as well. .

Spoiler Review

Oh my…What a bad luck you’re dealing with: can you imagine sexiest, most charming, most charismatic baron knocks your door when you took an oath to get way from any kind of female species? Good luck dear Dani, you’re so doomed to fail and resist the irresistible charm of this walking talking addiction notice!

Newly single, New Yorker, a brilliant professor, smart, sarcastic Dani already lost her bestie Leo who is the main subject of the marriage of the year. Yes, he became part of Eldovian royals by finding his love of life. She is gonna be the best man at the wedding.

But when the with sexiest man alive- tabloids’ popular subject: Maximilian von Habsburg : Baron of Laudon: Duke of Aquila who has been dumbed by the very same princess she’s marrying now insists to befriend Dani by visiting New York before wedding to spend more time with her, his friendly intentions are rejected because after her worst marriage experience Dani’s off limits and she cannot tolerate to be best of any man.

But luckily extra charming, magical Max is not any man. He’s every man you want to breathe and he’s the man you want to stalk every move he makes and you want to keep watching him( okay this become a quite mix with Joe Goldberg stalking tendencies meets Police’s favorite song but hottest baron of Laudon truly gives you those inspirations)

Well, Dani obviously cannot resist to his charms and she adroitly restrain her desires to let him get into her pants but their chemistry is too hot to resist. Their friendship blossoms alongside with their intimate feelings they bottled up.

They wanted only friendship as a distract of their messy life. As Dani is getting through from messy divorce, Max deals with his scandalous life. But when they want more than friendship, real problems start to occur: because Max’s family doesn’t approve their relationship even though Max is ready to fight against them because he knows he already found the one he wants.

But Dani has also hesitations about adapting into Max’s pretentious lifestyle.

Could they risk everything to be together and confront with the obstacles together for pursuing their HEA?

So hot, so sexy, so genuine, so captivating! Yes, I truly devoured this book and I had amazing time! I loved both MCs, their love story, chemistry, everything about them!


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Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing, Everything, Everything, The Sun Is Also a Star, and a co-author of Blackout. She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient, a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner and the first Black woman to hit #1 on the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list. Two of her novels have been made into major motion pictures. She’s also the 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.

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Beautiful yet heart-wrenching, Instructions for Dancing is the kind of vibrant love story we’ve come to know and love from Nicola Yoon. Jilted by her parents’ recent and unexpected divorce, Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore. That is, until she meets X. Evie can’t help but be drawn to X and his magnetic personality, but is falling in love with him worth the inevitable heartbreak? - Barns and Noble notes from bookseller

For fans of Y.A. romance, Yoon’s work is well known and well loved. Her previous two novels, “The Sun Is Also a Star” and “Everything, Everything,” were both New York Times best sellers and were both adapted into movies. She has a deep understanding of the romance genre, which she passed on to her latest leading lady, Evie. But she’s also given her heroine, and this novel, a self-awareness amid the romantics. - New York Times

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

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