Title: Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Length: 361 pages
Release Date: May 19, 2020
Source: Book of the Month subscription
Recommended for Fans of: CUTE and deep rom coms!
Content Warnings: death of a parent, cheating, divorce, description of a cult
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.
This romance was absolute perfection. It totally lived up to the hype. The chemistry between January and Gus was some of the best I’ve ever read. I loved their banter and their bet.
January and Gus were former college nemeses, but they are different people than they were when they knew each other in college, but now they are in the right place to maybe be together and support each other as they work through their respective pain. They have each suffered different kinds of loss and complications that take this book to a deep emotional level. I do think that this book’s synopsis should’ve hinted more at some of the heavier topics in this book that have a profound impact on the plot because this is not just the light, fluffy enemies-to-lovers romance it’s made out to be.
That being said, this book was HILARIOUS and the narration was so easy to read. This is a great binge-able summer book, and it’s one of my favorite reads of the year so far!