Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon {Book Review}

*Disclaimer: I have been kindly gifted an electronic copy of this book by Netgalley and Penguin Random House SA in exchange for an honest review.

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Sometimes I wish there were a weather report for your life. Tomorrow’s forecast is for routine high school shenanigans in the morning, but with dramatic parental betrayal by late afternoon, ending with wild emotional despair by nightfall. Details after the next commercial break.” 

Evie Thomas

I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. Instructions for Dancing is the first book I have read by Nicola Yoon and definitely not the last. I’m not familiar with her other books, Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star, but after reading this wonderful book I need more from this author. Instructions for Dancing is one of the reasons why I love books. This story is beautifully written; it is captivating and romantic.

When discovering that her parents are heading for a divorce, Evie Thomas stops believing in love. So much so that she donates all of her romance novels to her nearest Little Free Library. Here she meets the owner of the library who insists that she takes the only book from the library, Instructions for Dancing. Everything changes after Evie takes the book. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but all I’m saying is that Evie realises that love doesn’t have a ‘happy ever after’ ending. After taking her best friend’s advice, Evie finds herself at La Brea Dance, a small dance studio, where she meets X (Xavier) and even though she doesn’t believe in love, can’t help seeing him as the Classic Romance Guy type. She lists a few characteristics which I found so cute and typical bookworm behaviour. It’s little details like these that makes this book remarkable.

Evie and X are assigned as dance partners to compete in the yearly LA Danceball. They hang out after dance practice and while spending time together Evie learns about the heartaches X has suffered. He meets her friends and they have fun, all of them oblivious to what the future holds. Until the most dreadful thing happens and makes Evie hate love even more, and because of this, she ends up avoiding X and her friends altogether.

Books, dancing and music are themes in this story and it all fits together perfectly. The characters are fun and realistic, each with their flaws which makes them so relatable. I wish I had such a close group of friends. The chapter headings are fun and unique and with the short chapters, the story has a steady reading pace to it. The reader is left wanting more. Many readers will be able to relate to the main character since everyone has experienced the disappointment of love in some form in their lives. What makes this story beautiful is that the author highlights the brokenness caused by love, but also the beauty of it. Love isn’t always a disappointment.

To love is human. We can’t help ourselves.

This book is suitable for readers 15-17 years old and is perfect for anyone who has ever experienced disappointment when it comes to love, which is almost everyone, so basically I’m saying that you have every reason to read this book.


  • PUBLISHED: June 2021
  • FORMAT: Ebook
  • GENRE: Teen, YA Romance, YA Fiction

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times  bestselling author of Everything, Everything  and The Sun is Also a Star , a Michael L. Printz Honor book and a National Book Award finalist. 

She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who created the artwork in these pages, and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. 

Everything, Everything is her first novel, and the major motion picture based on the book that hit theatres in 2017.

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