By: Emily Henry
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.
Steam Rating: 🔥🔥
Bookish tip: This is more than a romance.
“Not believing in something doesn’t stop you from wanting it. If you’re not careful.”
Beach Read by Emily Henry is not your typical romance where the main characters fall in love fast. It is not your typical enemies to lovers. And it is not all sunshine and roses. Beach Read is a slow burn, rivals/nemesis to lovers tales that features the many stages of grief.
Prior to the start of the book, January’s world was flipped upside down. Now, she is desperately trying to find a piece of her optimistic, romantic self again or to find a way to live with her new grumpy self. She is jaded. She is grieving. And she’s spiraling.
Gus is a one hot mess. He is also down on his luck for reasons that are slowly revealed. January and her sunny disposition has always intimidated him….like she is an enigma he could never figure out. In college, this really bothered him so he immaturely picked and poked at January and critiqued her stories. In present day, Gus notices January is not her normal self and he is determined to figure out why.
What did I about love about Beach Read? I love the slow burn aspect, the flawed characters, the total grumpiness, the fact that part of the book involves Gus and January researching a cult which is totally weird for a romance so of course, I love it. I also love how in tuned Gus is with January. The characters, more than the refreshing plot, are what makes this story. Whether it is a major or secondary character, there is not one I do not love.
Why not a five star review? I cannot place my finger on the exact reason which seems like a total cop out. I get that. I do. Beach Read just didn’t give me the five star excitement I normally get when reading a five star romance.
Recommendation: Beach Read is a much loved book by a lot of people. I read it in a day. Romance readers will definitely enjoy it.
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