Beach Read by Emily Henry is the best book I’ve read this year so far, and easily a top 10 on my all-time favorites list.
Beautifully written, this book tells the story of January Andrews, a romance author that fiercely believes in happy endings. That is until the fake perfection of her life comes crashing down. A year later and she is utterly broke, avoiding her agent and desperately trying to write some new material, while provisionally moving into her late father’s secret love-nest on Lake Michigan.
There, while she is trying to make sense of her life without rose-tinted glasses, she crosses paths with her former college enemy – famous literary fiction writer Augustus ”Gus” Everett, now turned next-door neighbor. Gus is the classic pessimist and January used to be the most optimistic of all. More than then exploring the classic tropes of enemies/friends to lovers or opposites-attract, Emily Henry creates a mutual understanding between both characters – telling us that it is ok to have balance and be both the sunshine and the grumpy.
“See,” Gus said. “It’s shit like this that makes it impossible for me to believe in happy endings. You never get the paper umbrellas you were promised in this world.” “Gus,” I said. “You must be the paper umbrellas you wish to see in this world.” “Gandhi was a wise man.” “Actually, I was quoting my favorite poet, Jewel.”
“People were complicated. They weren’t math problems; they were collections of feelings and decisions and dumb luck. The world was complicated too, not a beautifully hazy French film, but a disastrous, horrible mess, speckled with brilliance and love and meaning.”
Emily Henry’s writing is masterful in Beach Read, crafting each conversation carefully, making every phrase stand out as witty, interesting and utterly enjoyable. All the while, sending us in a layered voyage, where no one is truly right or wrong. Where the journey is the beautiful broken part of life that should always be appreciated.
“Happy endings don’t matter if the getting there sucks.”
This is a book that will stay with me for a very long time. It made me laugh, cry, and swoon. It made me conflicted and curious… but definitely made me addicted to the author’s storytelling and I’ll probably want to read everything she’s ever written from now on.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ (5 Stars)
Thank you Netgalley and Penguin UK for approving me to receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review
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