Author: Emily Henry
Release date: May 19th, 2020
Rating: FIVE STARS
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.
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Beach Read is the first book that I read by Emily Henry and I’m glad that I decided to read this book. I heard so many good things about this book and I was afraid that I will not love Beach Read but I loved this book and this amazing story. In my opinion, Beach Read is more than a love story, it is about life, wrong decisions, forgiveness, and writer’s block.
This is how life feels too often. Like you’re doing everything you can to survive only to be sabotaged by something beyond your control, maybe even some darker part of yourself.
January and Gus meet in college and they were writing rivals and not for the summer they are neighbors in beach homes. They now are both published authors, January is a romance author who believes in a happy ending and Gus writes literary fiction and he is more realistic than January. Because they were sort of enemies in college, they decided to switch genres and to see who will sell the first their book.
For them to write something different, they organized “dates”, January will take a Gus on romantic dates and Gus will take January to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult. They had fun together and they build a wonderful friendship. Their time together, helped them to get to know each other and to learn again to be happy.
Happy. Not giddy or overjoyed, but that low, steady level of happines that, in the best periods of life, ride underneath everything else, a buffer between you and the world you are walking over.
Their struggle was realistic and I liked how they solved their problems and I love their honesty and how open they communicate. I loved Gus because he admired January and he didn’t want to change her. I loved how January made Gus believe in himself. I loved Beach Read by Emily Henry and I recommend to everyone to read this book.
“Because I know no matter how long I get to love you, it will be worth whatever comes after.”
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