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Beach Read: a review

Book details

Author: Emily Henry

Publisher: Berkley

Publishing date: May 19th, 2020

Pages: 384

Synopsis

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.

Review

✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️/5

𝑊ℎ𝑎𝑡’𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑟𝑒?

𝐇𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐝𝗼𝐰𝐧, 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐫𝗼𝗺𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝗼𝐫 𝗺𝐞.

This book is anything but a beach read. You can totally read it on a beach but consider yourself warned that this is one giant tangle of emotions that will capture even the hardest of romance reading hearts.

Like mine. Keep your sunglasses on for this one.

Betrayal, loneliness, dysfunctional families, friendship, and secrets – this book has it all. But somehow it counters all the feels with sharp writing, wit, sarcasm and fantastic dialogue and chemistry. I read this book in a day. The complex emotions and relationships make it hard to put down. It’s one of those I need to know what happens next books.

I am a self-professed romance book avoider but I’m willing to reconsider after this book. I laughed and teared up and still had moments where the writing was captivating for my inner book snob. The depth of the characters alone took this out of the chic-lit category and put it somewhere in between literary fiction and awesome.

If you enjoyed Fleishman Is In Trouble or All This Could be Yours, you will most likely enjoy Beach Read.

This book is available on May 19th from your favorite local book seller.

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