*CW: Cancer, death of a parent*
If at any time this summer you see me outside passing out books to strangers, it’s Beach Read by Emily Henry. Going in, I loved the concept (two neighbors swap genres in hopes to battle writers block), but I was completely taken by surprise with how emotional it ended up being. I’ll definitely be revisiting this one every year as a way to kickstart the summer.
What it’s about (via publisher):
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.
What I didn’t connect with:
Since I can’t think of one thing that I didn’t connect with…let’s just skip to the gushing👇
What I loved:
–January’s relationship with her father. I loved that her dad’s love for her mother was what made her fall in love with love (and eventually the romance genre). Her relationship with her dad was complicated and I really enjoyed reading through those complications.
–January and Gus’s relationship. I thought the progression of their relationship was really well done. I liked how they challenged each other both as writers and as individuals.
–January’s insecurities with the romance genre. I can relate to January constantly feeling like she needed to stick up for the romance genre because people tend to look down on it. I deal with that constantly.
–The entire idea of the story in general! The concept of swapping genres to help with writer’s block is *brilliant*
– January & Sonya. (You’ll see why😭)
–The supporting characters: Shadi, Pete and Maggie. They stole the scene every time they shared the page with January and Gus.
–GUS❤️ aka my new favorite book boyfriend
***Side note: In the first chapter January mentioned her ex-boyfriend being a wiz at making coq au vin. I’ve never heard of it before, but after googling it, I absolutely NEED to try it so here’s a recipe for you to try as well: coq au vin
Steam Level: 🔥 🔥 /4
*I received an arc courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.