Beach ReadEmily Henry

Beach Read

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Beach Read by Emily Henry Book Summary


“Original, sparkling bright, and layered with feeling.”—Sally Thorne, author of The Hating Game

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.

Beach Read (Emily Henry) Book Reviews

Alright readIt just wasn’t for me. I enjoyed People we Meet on Vacation much more..Score: 3/5

WonderfulWonderful story with characters that feel like real people, I struggle to find books, especially anything vaguely romance, with narrators that don’t hate other women (among other misogynistic tropes). This was a breath of fresh air!.Score: 5/5

A Welcome SurprisWhen I first read the summary, I wasn’t so sure about this book, but when I started, I couldn’t stop. Not only did I fall in love with the characters, but the story itself. It’s unlike any other romance book I’ve read in the best of ways. There’s so much depth and a beating, aching heart amongst the laughter. Instead of rose-colored glasses, it offers hope amongst believable stories. Loved every second..Score: 5/5

One of thoseOne of those books that make you feel. Hard to not fall for with Janie and Gus. Really loved this..Score: 5/5

Beach Read...Wouldn’t want to read this on the beach. Takes a while to actually become engaged in the story and then it’ll lag again. A decent love story/ decent characters. Not terrible but definitely not the best..Score: 2/5

Simply amazingThis book was just wonderful. No words.Score: 5/5

Sometimes….The books you avoid starting turn out to be the very best. Beach Read was not at all what I was expecting and yet was everything I wanted in a book. MC’s with messy lives whose hearts are a match. Sharp and funny observations and a grief that appears just so big and insurmountable. Even in the moments where I wasn’t sure if I was truly enjoying this book, I couldn’t walk away from it. These characters with their messy lives kept me anchored to the spot..Score: 5/5

Ahhhh love ❤️This book made me want to go and rekindle my romance with my husband by the beach in a small cabin lol I loved this book so much I wished there was more and more! My favorite so far!!!.Score: 5/5

Not your average romance novelBetrayal and heartache bring two college acquaintances, now both writers, together on the shores of Lake Michigan as neighbors. Each is struggling with their writing as well as the angst of their respective personal dramas. It’s more a story of trust and friendship than it is “love at first sight”. A page-turner for sure as things unfold and develop. Good character development for all the supporting cast and quite entertaining..Score: 4/5

Adultery is never goodWas great until the end and ended in major disappointment.Score: 1/5

:)Cried like 4 times, got horny after that, loved it.Score: 5/5

Loved loved loved it!Beautiful story. I couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

LOVED this book!I loved these characters and their sense of humor. This was a great story from beginning to end!.Score: 5/5

10/10I loved everything about this book and I’m so glad I pushed myself to sit down and read this thoroughly because it ended up being amazing!!.Score: 5/5

Loved it!Couldn’t put it down. Just the distraction I needed. I was looking for a book to bring me back to loving reading. This one is it ♥️.Score: 5/5

Havent read such a good book in a whileAfter the unhoneymooners I was on the hunt for a good satisfying book and this definitely hit the spot!!.Score: 5/5

Great bookLoved the characters, loved their deep past, this was a great read..Score: 4/5

Enjoyable!My book club buddies recommended this for me to read while I was on vacation. I was literally on the beach when I read most of this. I liked that this wasn’t the typical romance novel. I liked the way the relationships developed. The descriptions of the local culture put me right there. I enjoyed the story about the writing process. This was really fun..Score: 5/5

Well DoneNot my usual genre; but it’s been one of those rare years that HEA feels very nurturing and important. Now off to read her new book..Score: 5/5

Was hoping for betterHonestly…. I was disappointed. I had high hopes but this book doesn’t really deliver. Save your money.Score: 1/5

Doesn’t live up to the hypeThe love story isn’t believable. The miscommunication trope is overdone. The best friend is annoying. I had to force myself to finish this..Score: 2/5

It WAS enjoyableThere were some moments in between where it did feel dull to me personally. However i did like the premise of the book and the happily ever after! It was a very cute enemy to lovers/ rom com story..Score: 4/5

MehEh - author too in love with herself - gag..Score: 2/5

PerfectCaptured every moment so beautifully and i love their relationship, such a comedic duo.Score: 5/5

Not my favoriteSo many friends recommended this, I wasn’t a huge fan :(.Score: 2/5

A Tybee Beach ReadA lovely story!.Score: 4/5

LoveGood sweet book.Score: 4/5

LovedIt’s 2020 and I needed a book that kept me smiling through entire read!.Score: 5/5

Great Beach ReadThis book was a quick easy read, a lot lots description explanations so got thru that! Have fun with BEACH READ... you will love GUS 🖤.Score: 4/5

Beach ReadFirst time reading this author. If you are not a committed reader you might not be able to get through this one. It is very long. This is definitely not a romcom, so don’t let the title or cover fool you. However, it is not a usual kind of book, or a usual romance. A lot of ups and downs, realistically like life. I did enjoy it and would read this author again..Score: 4/5

Great read!I loved this book! It is the perfect summer read..Score: 5/5

Beautiful happy readOne of those books that makes you smile the entire time..Score: 4/5

Great read!I enjoyed this book very much..Score: 5/5

LOVED IT!!!!This book has entered into my top 3 favorite books of all time!! The amount of times I laughed, swooned, and became emotional is too many to count! I read this entire book in under 24 hours and I only want to continue reading more of this author’s work! HIGHLY recommend!!.Score: 5/5

OriginalIt was a fun rom-com of not happily ever after, but happy with what you have in front of you and the twists in life that make love interesting..Score: 5/5

Refreshingly honestUnexpectedly good, worth your time — and it will go by fast at that.Score: 5/5

10/10LOVED this book!.Score: 5/5

AmazingThis book is so gol! I truly couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

Heartbroken that it had to endBeach Read is the first book i’ve read in two years, I bought it not knowing at all what it was about or if I would even finish it but I read the entire thing in under 16 hours (including my four hour break to sleep). This book is an easy read yet incredibly fulfilling. If I can find another book that made me feel the way Beach Read did I will be shocked..Score: 5/5

Loved it...till the endI genuinely have no criticism for this book other than the fact that the ending felt...rushed? I still recommend!.Score: 4/5

Incredible rom comRead this book twice I loved it so much! A fantastic vacation read and couldn’t put it down. The author sucked me into the story and I loved every minute..Score: 5/5

Incredible writingMy favorite book by Emily Henry!.Score: 5/5

I cried!Excellent book.Score: 5/5

SplendidThere are so many notations I made while reading this book due to all the great quotes that resonated with me. I loved both January and Gus’s relationship, witty banter, friendship, but, most of all, their vulnerabilities. Although they are 100% imperfect individuals, they are both each other’s perfect partners. I felt all the things you would want to feel while reading a rom-com. Additionally, Gus’s novel idea that ran throughout the entire book was both refreshing and interesting to read. I think this book will remain with me for a very long time..Score: 5/5

Usually I'm too lazy but...This book is honestly just a great read! It flowed really nicely and I felt like the characters had some good depth to them. The story itself was really interesting and I found that I couldn't put it down! Definitely recommend!!.Score: 5/5

Rate: 4.5I’m not going to lie I started this book off and it was hard to get into the book for some reason. It has a great hook I’ll tell you that, but I’m not sure why I struggled to get lost into it. It didn’t take long after I was hooked. This book follows January’s and Augustus story. Both of them are writes and are completely opposite in their writing. January is a bubbly person. Happy endings are what keeps her going. Her life was perfect until of course she loose a loved one and that opens many wounds that she never knew where there..Score: 3/5

Not a fanLoved People We Meet on Vacation - read twice- this one could hardly get through..Score: 3/5

Gus!This was cute. I loved gus and his charisma. I went into it not expecting much but I really needed a pick me up. If you need something that’s going to lift your spirits a bit this would be the book to try out.Score: 4/5

Beach readVery mediocre..Score: 1/5

Starts slow then AMAZINGStarts boring but then picks up and OMG AMAZING..Score: 5/5

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