Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I received a copy of this title via Edelweiss. It does not impact my review.
Beach Read publishes May 19, 2020.
It’s pretty rare that I say this about a popular book, but Beach Read totally deserves all the hype it’s been getting. I loved it!
I did find that I had to adjust my expectations when I started the book. I expected a tropical location and nothing but cuteness. However, the beach being referenced in the title is on Lake Michigan and there was a whole lot of seriousness and emotional punches mixed in with the cuteness. That ended up working for me, though. I really loved both January and Gus and thought they were relatable and likable characters. I thought they brought out the best in each other and were a great example of how a couple should grow together in a relationship and not just be “fixed” by love.
I loved January and Gus’ banter. They made me smile throughout so much of this book and there were so many cute and romantic moments between them. They also managed to make me emotional, as well. I thought Gus’ general pessimism was relatable, while also wanting to see him find happiness and heal from his awful childhood. January is not only dealing with the grief of her father’s passing, but she has also found out that he had cheated on her mother and is left wondering how much of her childhood was a lie because of it. I, personally, also found this very relatable. There were several things she tried to work through which I found pretty cathartic and I liked that while she came to terms with things, she didn’t necessarily get the closure she wanted on it, either. It felt real.
I also loved that both main characters are authors. Books about authors or journalists are my weakness. I liked reading about what they thought about different genres and their daily writing routines and dealing with writer’s block. I also wanted to read the books they were writing, especially Gus’ cult book.
Overall, I really loved Beach Read and this little review probably doesn’t do justice to how much. I loved the characters and the town (once I got over it not being a tropical beach location, I found the small town charming, even if it is in Michigan (I’m a Buckeye)) and the emotions and the romance. It was a perfect blend of serious and cute and I couldn’t get enough of it. I definitely recommend this one!
Overall Review (out of 5): 4 Stars
27 thoughts on “Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry”
Great review I loved this book too! 🙂
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it, as well!
Great Review! I’m SO glad you enjoyed this one! I heard the best things 🥰✨
Thank you! I rarely agree with hype for new books, so it was a pleasant surprise that this one was so good!
Great review! I also had to change my expectations. I think if I hadn’t been able to, I would have hated it. It’s not that happy rom-com it’s marketed to be. I’m glad we were both able to enjoy it for the most part. Great review!
Thanks! I agree this is definitely not marketed correctly. But was still very enjoyable!
That’s great to hear that Beach Read deserves the hype! I will be looking forward to read this one. Wonderful review! xx
Thank you! I look forward to hearing what you think of it!
Great review. You’ve convinced me. I am adding this to my TBR list right away.
That makes me so happy! I hope that you love it!
Great review! You definitely enjoyed this one more than I did. Between the marketing for it and my dislike for Gus, I couldn’t rate it highly.
Thank you! I know the marketing threw a lot of people off.
Great review! I have been seeing this book everywhere so I was excited when I saw your review in my inbox. Couldn’t wait to see if it lived up to the hype for you. I can’t wait to give it a try.
Thanks! I really enjoyed it. I think you will too!
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You are most welcome!
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Good review–Beach Read is on my TBR, thanks!
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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