My Thoughts On: Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read

Beach Read by Emily Henry
Berkley / May 19, 2020
Fiction, Romance
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About this book:

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.


I loved BEACH READ by Emily Henry. For me, it’s one of those novels that straddles the line between women’s fiction and romance. I struggle finding these types of books and feel so lucky when I come across one because they’re my favorite. And this one I just loved so much.

The story centers on January Andrews, a romance novelist who hasn’t been able to write since she discovered, at her father’s funeral, a pretty shocking secret he was keeping from her. I don’t want to give anything away, so to be purposefully vague, I’ll just say she ends up in a beach town in Michigan living next door to Augustus Everett, acclaimed novelist of literary fiction. Oh, and he also happens to be her rival from her university days. One thing leads to another, and they end up challenging each other to write in the other’s genre. Gus will write a romance and January will pen the next Great American Novel.

There’s loads of character development, the banter is quick and addicting and will make you laugh out loud. There are also tender moments that’ll have you crying (at least… I cried, but I cry at everything). This book is surprising, engaging, and truly unputdownable. It’s one you don’t want to miss.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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