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Book Review: Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon. #YA

Book Review: Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon. #YA

This was our book club read for July. Not my choice and probably wouldn’t be my choice of read either really. It’s a young adult book which isn’t a genre that I generally like. But I thought I would give it a go. If nothing else, I like our discussions. Also I have heard very good things about this author Nicola Yoon.

Instructions For Dancing by Nicola Yoon. My kindle and a beautiful day.

Description:

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?

My Thoughts:

I have read a lot of good things about this author Nicola Yoon. More so her book before this ‘ Everything Everything ‘. I didn’t read that, but decided to read Instructions For Dancing as part of our July book club read. While young adult books are not my thing, I can appreciate a good author and excellent writing when I see it.

The main character Evie is dismayed with love due to her parents break up. Within the first few chapters we can see that Evie likes books and not just any books, but romance books. Unfortunately as she lost faith in love, she fell out of love with her books. Despite this there are still some great quotes worth noting here that are typically from romance novels.

I don’t want the world Eves, just my piece of it”

There were lovely friendships in this book. Evie’s best friend Martin is a great support to her and encourages Evie to go to a dance class. Hence the name of the Book, Instructions For Dancing. The book does have a bit of dance talk but it is not full of it. The messages come through without having to know anything about dance or even be particularly keen on dancing. I personally liked the dance talk. Beautiful dresses and sexy moves. But if you’re not a fan of dance don’t let this put you off.

My favourite part of this book was the over all message that resonated throughout the book. Like I said already YA is not my thing but all my bookclub buddies do like YA and they all rated it highly. So I would recommend it if you like YA. From my point of view, the writing style was good, it was easy to read And the moral/ message throughout the story was true and good.

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Posted by on August 21, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Thanks to Rachel at ConfessionsofaBookGeek for my copy of this book. I won it as a celebratory giveaway for her blogerversary. I have taken quite a bit of time to getting around to reading it, but finally I did. Here are my thoughts.

Description:

Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?

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My Thoughts:

I was lucky to receive a lovely hardback copy of this book, which made it very pleasant to read. The story is a young adult love story. It is written over 24 hours mainly about the two characters Hadley and Oliver. The story is about how Hadley is going to London to her father’s wedding and is dreading it. She misses her flight by 4 minutes and meets Oliver. Their story continues from there.

I found the story a little bit bland actually, it was a little too slow for me. I guess the fact it was written over a time scale of 24 hours meant that you could imagine in real time as things were happening, but it was just too slow paced for me with not enough excitement.

I think one of my main problems with the book is that I couldn’t identify with the characters. Hadley’s Dad divorced her Mum and moved to another country to be with another woman! To me, that is pretty awful. If I were Hadley, I wouldn’t want to go to the Wedding either. I think what her Dad did was fundamentally wrong, his daughter should always come first. If it were my Dad, I couldn’t forgive him. But hey maybe that’s just me!? It made uncomfortable reading for me. I think it was saved only by Oliver being rather sweet and cutesy to Hadley. I liked the way he spoke to her, took her mind of her problems and was so incredibly sweet to her. We even learn a few factual things, as Oliver tells Hadley that “cumulus clouds” are the best kind of clouds. If you read it, look out for his reasoning, its very sweet.  

The Author is great with her descriptive words as the novel painted great pictures in my imagination,  See the way she describes Hadley’s thoughts:

“It’s like licking a camp fire”

Says Hadley about her first taste of whisky, I could just imagine this taste in my mouth for the goodness and the badness. The burn of the whisky and the comfort of the camp fire.

There was also another lovely quote about love:

Hadley’s very understanding Mom says:

“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world”, The Author speaks the truth through Hadley’s Mom here for sure!

My concluding thoughts are that this was a well written book, with great descriptions and some lovely quotes. For me however, it was just a bit to slow paced.

Have you read this book, or any other books by this Author? What did you think? 

Do you believe in LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT??????

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2015 in Books

 

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