Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

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Evie used to love reading romance books and dreaming about her own love story. However, this all came to an abrupt halt when her parents went through a nasty divorce. Her dad seemed to have no problem moving on while her mom was stuck in the past. This caused Evie to have a pessimistic outlook on love. This is when the visions began. After seeing a couple kiss, she is overcome with a vision of their entire love story. Every vision ends with devastation and heartbreak. She stops by a dance studio on her way to get rid of her curse. However, things do not go according to plan because while at the studio, she falls in love with dancing and her dance partner. Together they enter a dance competition and Evie has to decide if falling in love is worth the heartbreak.

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon is a lovable book with charismatic characters. However, I do have a couple of complaints. First, I found the plot to be predictable which caused me to quickly lose interest in the story. Second, the characters were a little underdeveloped. This is because the only character that experienced any sort of growth was the main character. The others were unchanging, which added to the predictability of the story. Overall, this was a quick read that became a charming book, though I believe it could have been better.

Something very special about this book was the relationships between the characters. The author was able to depict characters that had colossal amounts of love for each other, while still allowing the relationships to feel real. Reading the affection they had for one another was enough to leave a warm feeling in your chest. These relationships were the highlight of the book as well as the week I spent reading it.

Reviewed by Lindsay G, Twin Hickory Area Library

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