Title: People We Meet on Vacation
Author: Emily Henry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 382 pages
Release Date: May 11, 2021
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Recommended for fans of: Beach Read, Christina Lauren
Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.
Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.
Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.
Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?
From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.
I laughed. I cried. I felt all the feels. I LOVED THIS BOOK!
The storyline about two college friends taking an annual Summer Trip hit close to home and made me feel very nostalgic. The story, told in multiple timelines, flashes back to previous summer trips then jumps back to this summer. I enjoyed learning about Poppy and Alex’s relationship and how it developed through their past and present experiences. This book features lots of fun romance tropes, including friends to lovers, opposites attract, and just one bed.
I found Poppy so relatable. She is so unapologetically herself with her vintage style, confidence, and wanderlust. Alex was her perfect opposite, a giant teddy bear understand a serious and almost bland exterior. Their dynamic was perfection.
The writing was so hilarious and heartfelt. I laughed out loud countless time throughout the story, and I cried through the last few chapters (tears of both heartbreak and joy). Emily Henry is definitely an auto-buy author now. She’s probably my favorite rom com writer, and between this and Beach Read, she’s definitely the queen of the summer romance! I cannot recommend this book enough.
Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Netgalley for the gifted eARC in exchange for an honest review.