#1 New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist
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About Nicola Yoon
Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Everything, Everything, The Sun Is Also a Star, Instructions for Dancing, and a co-author of Blackout. Born in Jamaica, Yoon immigrated to Brooklyn with her family. She worked as a programmer for 20 years before publishing her first book. Inspired by the birth of her daughter, her debut novel Everything, Everything is a thrilling and heartbreaking story of a sheltered young girl who is allergic to the outside world, reflecting Yoon’s own personal feeling about wanting to protect her child from any danger. Everything, Everything became an instant New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson.
Her second novel, The Sun Is Also a Star, is a touching story about race, the sense of belonging, and the internal struggle between pursuing one’s dream and meeting familial expectations as the readers follow two immigrant teenagers as they fall in love and chase their futures. A New York Times Notable Book and the recipient of the Coretta Scot King John Steptoe New Talent Award and a Walter Award Honor Book, The Sun Is Also A Star was adapted into a film in 2019, starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton.
Yoon’s eagerly-anticipated third novel, Instructions for Dancing, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller and a Good Morning America book club pick that Entertainment Weekly called “A charming, wholehearted love story that’s sure to make readers swoon.” This enthralling story explores all the promise—and heartbreak—of first love as it follows Evie, a teenager whose clairvoyance has shattered her belief in romance, and X, her ballroom dance partner with whom she shares unmistakable chemistry.
Yoon is a 2016 National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient, and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. She’s also the first Black woman to hit #1 on the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list. In her talks, she speaks on the immigrant experience, representation of diversity, especially in romance, and all things writing.
In 2020, Yoon and her husband, David Yoon, an author and illustrator, launched Joy Revolution at Random House Children’s Books, an imprint dedicated to young adult romance novels about people of color. Yoon currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Praise for Nicola Yoon
Praise for Instructions for Dancing
An endearing, affecting exploration of the journey of love. Everything Yoon touches turns to gold and this cinematic supernatural romance will be no exception.— Booklist, starred review
A remarkable, irresistible love story that will linger long after readers turn the final page.— Kirkus, starred review
Yoon delivers a story of love’s unpredictability and the importance of perspective that unfolds with ease and heart.— Publishers Weekly, starred review
A sweet, genuine love story sure to pull on the heartstrings.— School Library Journal, starred review
Yoon delivers this captivating story of first love with beautiful prose, clever dialogue that swings between laugh-out-loud funny and wildly insightful, clear respect for the complexity and nuance of her teen characters’ perspectives and emotions—and just enough magic to make it all truly unforgettable.— BookPage, starred review
Praise for The Sun Is Also a Star
An exhilarating, hopeful novel exploring identity, family, the love of science and the science of love, dark matter and interconnectedness–is about seeing and being seen and the possibility of love… and it shines.— Shelf Awareness, starred review
Moving and suspenseful.— Publishers Weekly, starred review
Lyrical and sweeping, full of hope, heartbreak, fate. . . and the universal beating of the human heart.— Booklist, starred review
Fresh and compelling.— The Horn Book, starred review
With appeal to cynics and romantics alike, this profound exploration of life and love tempers harsh realities with the beauty of hope in a way that is both deeply moving and satisfying.— Kirkus, starred review
A love story that is smart without being cynical, heartwarming without being cloying, and schmaltzy in all the best ways.— The Bulletin, starred review
This wistful love story will be adored by fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park.— SLJ
Praise for Everything, Everything
[A] fresh, moving debut.— Entertainment Weekly
Gorgeous and lyrical.— The New York Times Book Review
Will give you butterflies.— Seventeen
A do-not-miss for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell (aka everyone).— Justine
YA book lovers, your newest obsession is here.— MTV.com
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Instructions for Dancing
"[Yoon] has a deep understanding of the romance genre, which she passed on to her latest leading lady, Evie. But she’s also given her heroine, and this novel, a self-awareness amid the romantics. Evie’s, and Yoon’s, musings on life and love will be appreciated by Y.A. readers of all ages.”—The New York Times