Title: Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published On: May 19, 2020
Source: physical copy
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.
Do you know that feeling when you read a book and it’s so good that when you finish it, you wish you could unread it and read it all over again for the first time? That’s where I am, thanks to Emily Henry. Stuck with the worst book hangover. I’m in love with this book. I want to live in this book forever. Can you tell I liked it?
I’d seen a few fellow readers say this book was dark. That the cover was misleading. That it wasn’t the funny, romantic “beach read” they expected. So I prepared myself to be disappointed. But within the first few pages, I knew I had nothing to worry about. I was smiling and laughing and swooning. While this contemporary romance does have more depth and ventures into a few more serious subjects, it still features witty banter and an angsty romance with the power to shatter your heart.
Even though the entire novel is told from January’s point of view, I felt like I knew Gus. That’s hard for a writer to do. Especially when the hero is the silent type. I understood these characters, and why they did and said what they did. They were far from perfect–real, with flaws that may or may not keep them apart.
It’s my favorite kind of book. And I’m already thinking about when I can reread it.
Thank you to the publisher, Berkley, for providing me with an advance copy.
Rating: (5 / 5)
About the Author
Emily Henry writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the now-defunct New York Center for Art & Media Studies. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.
A Song For A Book
On Bookstagram I created a hashtag for when I include a song that reminds me of the book I’m sharing, #ASongForABook, I thought I’d make it a regular feature on my reviews, too.
When I love a book, I make a playlist to go with it. First, I always search to see if the author has already made one, but this time I couldn’t find anything. However, Beach Read has many references to music and film, so I started with that. I won’t say which songs are from the book and which ones I added myself because I don’t want there to be any chance of a spoiler, but I’ll include my Spotify Beach Read Playlist down below.
The song I’ve chosen to share from it is “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinéad O’Connor.
Have you read Beach Read? Or is it on your tbr? Let me know in the comments!