Instructions for Dancing Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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?
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 48 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 01, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #26,338 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#28 in Fiction on Emotions & Feelings for Teens
#52 in Contemporary Romance for Teens
#87 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction about New Experiences (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2021
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The author goes on and on about love as a passive experience. Unfortunately, the only loving thing- you know, actually working at looking after someone you care about- anyone really does in any of this is the mother of the lead. And that's done with so little visible effort and in such an unrealistic way that it comes off as a contrivance. The mother hides her pain at betrayal and dishonesty from someone she loved and trusted in a way that's unbelievably effective. It makes the father's betrayal not need any correcting. He doesn't need to _do_ anything for forgiveness.
But honestly, that's how everyone is. The feel things, they say sorry, but no one really does anything to actually make amends. We never address what the father's actions show. Sure he _felt_ love. But do it? Even the lead's memories of him as a family member don't show him being more than pleasant company. He never puts in the work as a husband or father. When he wants closeness, he just selfishly imposes on his daughter, never bothering to in anyway address her emotional needs. And his version of events shows that. It's all about his feelings. Sure he admits mistakes, but he doesn't correct them. He just feels bad, and expects his daughter to treat him in a way that makes that stop.
But worst of all, the author seems to think enabling this behavior is wise, not toxic. It's not good to hold a grudge, but it's also not good to love as a verb someone who simply enjoys it as noun until they get bored. The mother's words of advice to the lead ring false, because they present a false dichotomy. Just because it's worth it to have loved someone doesn't mean they were worthy of that love. And if they are as careless with your family's love as the father was, they aren't.
Also, the final page or so really drives this problem home. It's a glaring plot hole. The protagonist will let herself fall into love like hole, but do _zero_ to help the person she's falling in love with address a problem only she knows about, including informing people who could help. I get what point the author was trying to make, but that wasn't a good execution.
Professional level writing and a solid premise, but I found how it treated love more toxic than beautiful in how dishonest it was about work, growth, consequences, and redemption.
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Mas aqui o tópico tem uma surpresa adorável. Tem um aprofundamento melhor sobre sentimentos, não temos só o romance, tem o toque do humor (indireto, irônico, de tudo um pouco) também. Há o drama familiar, que é o kick inicial da trama que envolve a Evie. Até uma pitada de ficção, que foi o que me surpreendeu positivamente.
Estou quase na metade do livro agora e posso garantir que apesar da ideia do livro, no geral, ser um pouco "clichê", é uma boa história. Consigo me simpatizar e conectar com os sentimentos das personagens. Ainda bem que fui com uma mente aberta e o resultado tá sendo maior que minhas expectativas.
Não é uma leitura em inglês difícil, para quem estiver em dúvida. Quem estiver em nível intermediário de inglês já poderá aproveitar bastante o texto, e aprender muito do vocabulário usado!
Reviewed in India on August 31, 2021