Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon | Audiobook Review

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Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon | Audiobook ReviewInstructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
Also by this author: Everything, Everything, The Sun Is Also a Star
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Length: 7 Hours 49 Minutes
Published by Random House Children's Books on June 1, 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, New Experience, Romance, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 304
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781524718985
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THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The critically acclaimed author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star 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.
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?

Why Did I Listen To Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon?

Anything Nicola Yoon writes is sure to be extraordinaryInstructions For Dancing is her latest and popped up on my radar because Yoon as mentioned is one of the best young adult contemporary authors in my reading rotation. I saw that Bahni Turpin narrated the audiobook which turned picking the audiobook up into a triple hitter kind of reading move. Turns out this was the perfect decision and way to experience Instructions For Dancing.

What’s The Story Here?

Evie Thomas no longer believes in love. In fact, she scoops up her beloved contemporary romances and deposits them at the Little Free Library. While there, she is told to take a book, and so she does. That book is called Instructions For Dancing, inside there are instructions that if the book is found Evie should return it to the dance studio. She does so and ends up talked into taking a class. Evie also ends up talked into entering a competition with X, a young man who is the nephew of the studio owners and also the perfect match for Evie. She’s hesitant, however. You see, Evie witnessed her dad cheating on her mom and now her parents are divorcing. Combine this with the fact that she ends up with this ability to see the entire course of a relationship whenever she happens to witness a couple’s first kiss.

What Did I Think Of Instructions For Dancing?

Friends, I would give Nicola Yoon’s Instructions For Dancing 10 out of 5 stars if I could. This book is a gorgeous exploration of that saying it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. Evie gets a chance to see if this is actually true or not. I love that she was unsure of her footing, so to speak, when it comes to trust and relationships. Evie has been hurt by the actions of her father and the breakup of her family.

Witnessing relationships from beginning to end doesn’t seem to help either. And well, she’s scared to try things with X because she’s scared of the ending. FYI, X is a perfect romantic lead, I promise you’ll instantly love him as you read this book. I will admit, this book made me so sad and emotional, but it was well worth it. Personally, I love when a book makes me feel things.

How’s The Narration?

As mentioned, Instructions For Dancing is narrated by Bahni Turpin. At this point, I’ve listened to dozens of books narrated by Turpin. She is one of the top tier narrators. So believe me when I say that this book is a wonderful audiobook experience from beginning to end.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I’ve heard nothing but GREAT things about this book. You’ve convinced me to move this one up on my TBR list. Great review!

  2. I am actually on the verge of tears just reading this review. This book! I agree with you that the exploration of that old saying was top notch, but it still hurt.

  3. Perhaps an unpopular opinion, I really like Bahni Turpin but I wish we used other narrators for YA.
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