Beach Read – Book Review

Synopsis – Goodreads

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.

The Great: Of course I’m going to say the romance! It was everything I needed and nothing I expected. As the story progressed, I became so invested in seeing January and Gus (Augustus) unravel themselves to each other. Revealing layers, years worth of past and present pain, happiness, and confusion. But ultimately finding that connection to each other that was beyond just physical chemistry. Which trust me they had buckets and buckets of. 

Say it with me; relatable characters. I was invested in January’s personal story from the beginning. She immediately felt like a friend I could easily relate to. But my favorite character would have to be Gus. He was your typical dark and brooding handsome guy. And let’s not forget mysterious. But it was his mystery that I was drawn to. I could so plainly see what and how January felt. But had to guess and wait for him to spill his truths in order to get a full picture of who he is and what he’d been through. I love it when an author creates characters I wish I could have as friends in real life. And Emily Henry did just that!

Lastly, I really liked Henry’s writing style. The story felt like a movie and a tv show and a book and all of the things okay. Henry definitely drew me into her story and kept me there. And when I say kept, I mean held me hostage, in the best way! I did not want to put the book down even when I knew I had to. And when I had to, I was constantly thinking about or predicting what would happen next. 

The Good: I virtually have no complaints about the pace of the story. I feel like I was lead down the right paths in the right moments. It was steady when needed, fast when needed, and slowed down at just the right moments. 

Overall, this is a great book for lovers of small-town romances with splashes of lifelike pain to remind you that even the happiest of stories have very dark moments. I recommend this for fans of contemporary fiction and romance who are looking for just that extra special something. 

Release Date: May 19, 2020