“I did what any reasonable adult woman would do when confronted with her college rival turned next-door neighbor. I dove behind the nearest bookshelf.”
I picked up Beach Read for a light read, but oh boy! Did this book surprise me! This is one of the best reads so far this year! Here’s a spoiler free review of the debut novel by Emily Henry.
While in real life, my perfect little beach trip to Bali was cancelled (thanks, Corona!), I found my happily-ever-after (or happy-right-now) with this book.
From the very beginning, the characters of January and Gus Everett will captivate you. This is not your typical girl-meets-boy-fireworks-leading-to-happily-ever-after rom-com. This is smart and funny and gripping right until the very end.
January Andrews and Augustus Everett, both are published writers, spending the summer in neighbouring beach homes. While January, with unanswered questions moves to her late father’s beach house in order to finish her long due romance novel, she finds it hard to write about true-never-faltering-love when she no longer believes if it really exists. Gus, on the other hand, is into more serious-practical kind of literary fiction. In order to overcome their creative rut, Gus and January decide to switch genres for a bet and challenge each other to see who can complete and sell the book first. To do this, both of them decide to help each other in relevant research that involves late night interviews lead by Gus and romantic adventures planned by January.
“Falling’s the part that takes your breath away. It’s the part when you can’t believe the person standing in front of you both exists and happened to wander into your path. It’s supposed to make you feel lucky to be alive, exactly when and where you are.”
Honestly, I am heart-eyes, head-over-heels love struck with both of them! I loved how their friendship evolves; snarky-batter turns to deep conversations to tongue-in-cheek flirting. I loved how these two could have open and honest conversations while still roasting each other and how they challenged and motivated each other in the best ways. The cute note scribbling through the windows (imagine Taylor Swift’s You belong with me video) or quoting famous lines from romance novels (if you’re a bird; I am a bird) will have you smiling throughout the book