• Instructions for Dancing

  • By: Nicola Yoon
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (277 ratings)

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Instructions for Dancing

By: Nicola Yoon
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
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Publisher's summary

An Instant Number-One New York Times Best Seller

"A charming, wholehearted love story that's sure to make readers swoon." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Nicola Yoon writes from the heart in this beautiful love story." (Good Morning America)

“It’s like an emotional gut punch - so beautiful and also heart-wrenching." (US Weekly)

In this romantic pause-resister from the author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star, Evie has the power to see other people’s romantic fates - what will happen when she finally sees her own?

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?

©2021 Nicola Yoon (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic reviews

A 2021 Kids' Indie Next List Selection

A New York Times "10 YA Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer" title

A Parade Best YA Book of 2021

A TAYSHAS Reading List selection

A GMA June pick

A Junior Library Guild selection

“No one can spark more joy with her writing than Nicola Yoon. Instructions for Dancing is poignant, heartbreaking at times, but woven throughout is hope, light, and love. Yoon has written yet another book that will live rent free in my heart.” (Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties)

"Evie’s, and Yoon’s, musings on life and love will be appreciated by Y.A. readers of all ages.” (New York Times)

“Yoon's latest tackles the magic of first loves with unexpected gut punches tied together with meaningful storytelling.” (Buzzfeed)