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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION AND BOOK LOVERS!
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
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    Today Tonight Tomorrow af Rachel Lynn Solomon (humouress)
    humouress: Enemies to lovers; a girl who loves romance fiction feels that a boy looks down on it so they compete over every assignment throughout their time in school. Later, when they happen to be thrown together, she discovers a different side to him.
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I really liked the beginning and middle of Beach Read. The main idea was interesting and the book grabbed me right away. Most of the characters were great. The chemistry between January and Gus was very well done and the banter between them was cute. There was a lot of drama going on with January and Gus (individually and together), but most of it was understandable and seemed to fit the story, at least until the end.

I didn't like the last 20% of Beach Reads, even though it did tie up the story well. The ending didn't feel satisfying and didn't make all of the drama, especially the end drama, seem worth it. And while I think it's interesting for a book to talk about having realistic expectations in relationships, I think that it was overdone and awkwardly handled in this book. ( )
  zeronetwo | May 14, 2024 |
Beach Read by Emily Henry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I inhaled this book! Funny yet grown-up romance with a Happy For Now. Most of all I loved the peak into the writing process!

My relationship with Emily Henry books has been a rollercoaster so far. I absolutely loved Book Lovers, yet I hated You And Me On Vacation so much I had to call it a DNF at 20%! As I was perusing reviews it emerged that they does seems to be a division amongst her readers – there is a pattern of either loving Book Lovers or You and Me On Vacation, but rarely both. This makes sense to me because Book Lovers subverts some of the most annoying tropes of the rom-com genre, while You And Me On Vacation leans heavily into them. I also kept seeing in recommendations that if you did like Book Lovers you’d probably like Beach Read, and if you didn’t like You And Me On Vacation definitely stay well away from Happy Place!

This in mind, I was excited when Beach Read sprang up on a kindle deal! And it hit right at the time where I was needing a little light reading lift for some escapism. I am happy to report that recommendations hold up – I did really enjoy Beach Read, in fact I couldn’t put it down and read it in 3 days!

I didn’t love it as much as
Book Lovers
– it definitely has some niggles – but overall I thought it was great!

My favourite thing about it is not actually the romance aspect, I loved how it was a little look behind the curtain of a writers life and the writing process. Where Book Lovers‘s characters were editors, in Beach Read they are writers. I really loved the little nuggets about writing, drafting and researching and how ideas develop. I actually found this quite inspiring!

I already have too many hobbies, I am not going to attempt to write fiction again any time soon (I’ve had many failed attempts at this in my younger years!) but I still think somewhere lurking within me is the desire to try again one day. Especially now I make an effort to document what I read and what I do and do not respond to in books. They always say you should write the book you want to read, after all!

I liked main character January, despite her very rom-commy name she felt like a complete person with shades of light and dark. Her struggles with her fathers death and revelations about his secret life do feel relatable.

I enjoyed most of the humour, though some of the “cute banter” did verge into cringe for me occasionally… I’m quite sensitive to that kind of thing! (People just don’t talk like that! …And if they did, I’d hate them!)

On the other hand, one of my niggles with this book is that love interest Gus was rather vaguely drawn. I didn’t find him to be much more than the stereotypical “grumpy hot guy with messy hair” and his major flaw is his inability to communicate… which, as you’ll know if you have read any other reviews of mine, is one of my least favourite things in romance.

The middle conflict of the books does rely on miscommunication but actually in this case I think, for the most part, the reasons were explained well enough that it didn’t bother me too much. I did feel like I understood why, and often January would end up blurting out a confrontation anyway so generally this never dragged on too much.

There are a couple of notable exceptions though – there are two points in the book where I think Gus’ lack of communication does go into dickish rude behaviour and I didn’t feel like it made sense for him to act that way, particular based on character growth that had been happening. All you have to do is a send a little reassurance text, or say “I’m sorry this phone call is from X and I need to deal with X.”

This love story does not end with a Happily Ever After which is definitely thematically appropriate, instead it is a Happy For Now which personally I prefer. Happily Ever After only works for me if I believed the relationship and the characters have the maturity to work on a long term partnership. This romance did not have me completely convinced of that, so I’m glad the author made that choice! They might be in a good spot now but they both definitely have some work to do.

So now I am 2 for 3 with Emily Henry. I am going to keep Happy Place as a hard pass, but I’ll keep an eye out for other books of hers that are on the Book Lovers & Beach Read side of the fence.


REVIEW SUMMARY
I LIKED
- I liked January, and she had convincing shades of dark and light.
- Often funny, though sometimes the "banter" verged to cringe for me.
- Conflict in the middle relies on miscommunication but is reasoned well enough I could let it slide.
- Loved the insight into a writers life, actually found it quite inspiring!

I DIDN'T LIKE
- Gus lacked convincing depth and some of his behaviour is confusing and needlessly dickish.

This review and more are on my blog



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  ImagineAlice | Apr 13, 2024 |
This was a book club read...not my usual genre. It was well-written, although at times a bit melodramatic. There were some plot twists that were interesting, and some quotes that made me think. Also, I liked the characters. There were times that I actually laughed out loud!

The premise is that two college writing rivals "meet cute" years later and decide to have a contest: each will have to write a book within the other's genre. Therefore, the book contains a subplot on writer's block. The main characters discuss their writing- routines, research, and inspirations. Janie instructs Gus that he needs a "meet cute" and other specific tropes within his romance novel.

To make the reading experience more interesting, I sent the members of my club a list of 150 romance novel tropes and challenged them to find as many as possible for our book club. This should a lively conversation!

Here is the link to the list of tropes: https://eviealexanderauthor.com/150-romance-novel-tropes/ ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
A fun, light, fast-paced read that had some meat to it; a true Beach Read. The prose was fun, the way the two authors, January and Gus banter, playfully yet meaningfully - eking out just enough information to make the reader turn the page - Fun!

I’m not normally a reader of this fun, rom-commy genre, but Emily Henry made me rethink that; I may just be picking up more like Beach Read in the future. ( )
  LyndaWolters1 | Apr 3, 2024 |
This was funnier, more substantive, and better than I expected. Not that I was expecting dreary, shallow, or bad, it was just all around *more* than I had anticipated. And one small section made me cry! Really glad that I finally got around to trying an Emily Henry. ( )
  lycomayflower | Mar 29, 2024 |
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Fiction. Literature. Romance. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION AND BOOK LOVERS!
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

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