WARNING: The following review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!
Oh, Emily Henry. I just love you.
This is the second book I’ve read by Emily Henry and she continues to impress me with her unique and fun characters, and interesting plots.
People We Meet on Vacation, the first book I read by her, was a friends-to-lovers trope. Beach Read is enemies to lovers, which is one of my favorite tropes!
“Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.”
Read This If You Love…
- Stories about writers
- Enemies to lovers trope
- Laughing but also thinking
- Family drama and complex secrets
As I mentioned above, enemies to lovers are possibly my favorite trope and Beach Read lived up to my expectations! I love how Emily Henry can take two polar opposite characters and make them perfect for each other.
One thing I appreciate about Beach Read is being able to make readers audibly laugh but also making us think about heavier topics like… do happy endings exist and what do we define as a happy ending?
Emily Henry manages to tell an adorably romantic enemies-to-lovers story while still addressing more philosophical ideas and serious topics.
I think that this book shows readers that we can have different perspectives like January and Gus do and that there isn’t a wrong or right answer!
Beach Read is an outstanding summer read. Sure, it doesn’t take place in Malibu or Maui… it takes place in Michigan. Still, it is a great summer beachy read. While reading it, I so badly wanted to be on the shores of Tahoe or one of the other lakes in northern California and Nevada I used to spend my childhood at (Rollins, Folsom, Britton, Pyramid, Lahontan… you name it and I’ve either been there or heard of it!).
If you are going on vacation near a body of water, planning to drink and eat a bunch, Beach Read is the perfect pairing!