Beach Read by Emily Henry
Also by this author: People We Meet on Vacation
Published by Berkley
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Read in: February 2021
Reading Challenges: 2021 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.
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. - via GoodReads
Beach Read by Emily Henry was another fantastic COYER book club read. I had picked this book up on a Kindle deal but book club is why I read it. This book put Henry on my auto-read list.
I am a complete sucker for books that include books. I loved even more that one of the main characters was a romance writer. The premise of swapping genres made me love it so much more. There was a part in this book that absolutely made me ugly cry. I think it’s the first book this year to do that. Honestly the romance in this book wasn’t what had me so in love but also watching January realize who she is, where she comes from, and her place in the world.
January was working through a lot over the course of this book. Gus was too. They both held back from each other in the beginning. I really enjoyed watching them open up and start to trust each other. The secondary characters were just perfect! I loved Gus’s aunts Pete and Maggie. January’s best friend Shadi also really added to the story. These three characters didn’t have a ton of on page time but when they did, they really shined.
I laughed, I bawled, and I was emotionally invested. I adored Beach Read and I’m so happy I read it.
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- 2021 GoodReads