Book Review: Beach Read
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.
And that was the moment I realized: when the world felt dark and scary, love could whisk you off to go dancing; laughter could take some of the pain away; beauty could punch holes in your fear. I decided then that my life would be full of all three.
Evocative and funny, Beach Read is the story I didn’t know I needed!
Emily Henry is well-known for her Young Adult Fiction, but this Adult Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction proves she can captivate an audience regardless of age!
Full of quirky personalities, awkward encounters, and witty dialogue, I felt totally invested in the cast of characters and immersed in the small, Michigan town where the story takes place. There is a lot of depth and emotion that I didn’t entirely expect but connected me even further to the story.
I absolutely loved the dynamic between Gus and January. They have history and a rivalry which makes for a lot of great banter. They are both a little broken with pasts and family drama that haunt them, but they begin to piece themselves (and each other) back together as their relationship progresses, and I couldn’t get enough of them.
Overall, I absolutely recommend Beach Read! This is a beautifully written story that I don’t plan to stop shouting about anytime soon.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book. This did not affect my opinion or the content of my review.
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