So for July for a buddy/group read with Booktuber Jaleesa (check out her channel), we read the book Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon. Yoon is the same author of the book Everything Everything (which I absolutely loved) so I was excited to read this book. What I have to say is not a spoiler alert at all!
If Evie Thomas knows one thing, it’s that love doesn’t last. When she sees a couple kiss, she gets a vision of their whole relationship, from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to last bitter moments of their break-up. It’s more than enough reason for her to keep boys at arm’s length. But then, at La Brea Dance Studio, she meets X – tall, dreadlocked, fascinating. And as they dance around and towards each other, Evie finds herself wondering if, after all, love might just be worth the risk…
It was a cute quick read. Like I don’t know. For someone so cynical about love she fell in love pretty quickly the way she just allowed it to happen.It just made me think of when (and to be honest, I still feel this way) I felt like love was out of my reach. Like other people can be happy and in love except me because well it hasn’t happened yet. I know what it’s like to feel jaded by love and to not believe in it anymore. I identified with Evie in that way. Jade’s parents’ divorce left her feeling pretty jaded and a negative Nancy when it came to other people’s relationship.
X was the one I felt for the most. He genuinely seemed nice. I wish I had his outlook on life. Some people perspectives on life changes when someone they’re close to dies (in X’s case it was his best friend…not a spoiler) and so X was more say yes to any and everything. I prefer to be a realest and see things how they really are.
Love wasn’t the only thing this booked about but also friendship and the changes that comes along with it. Evie is a senior in high school so of course they deal with things seniors deal with when it comes to friendship. Will things stay the same after graduation? I think we all know the answer to that one. It’s cute
I give this book a 3.5/5 stars. If you’re into ballroom dancing, music, and love/friendship, this is the book for you. This is definitely going in my classroom library!
What book have you been loving lately? Share in the comments!