Instructions for Dancing – Published 2021
“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?” – Goodreads
Thank you to Netgalley & Random House for the advanced ARC ebook as well as @PRHAudio for the complimentary audiobook!
This is my third book by this author, the first to of which I absolutely adored. This book is much different than Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star, in my opinion. This is more magical realism, which if I am being completely honest is just not my favorite. However, I did enjoy this book overall. I thought it started strong, dragged a bit in the middle, and was very, very good at the end. I did not devour it the way that I read her first two, but I still thought it was well-done and a worthy YA read. X is so super cute, and I really enjoyed Evie’s friends, too. Y’all know I’m a sucker for a good friend group in a book!
Is it my favorite? No. Is it a 5 star read for me? No. Would I recommend it to others? Yes. Would my students love it? Absolutely!