I knew Emily Henry had written something special when I came across Beach Read almost a year ago. It then turned out to be for so many one of the best romances of 2020. I can now say that You and Me on Vacation (Or People Your Meet on Vacation – US Title) will probably have the same success. This is the ultimate friends to lovers romance. But, true to her style it’s a lot more than that. There’s something special about her writing and how her characters feel so real.
Poppy and Alex met during orientation week and are complete opposites. Based on their first conversation they would never think a friendship could bloom between them. But, when Poppy needs a ride home to her hometown and Alex happens to be her ride they discover that all their differences can actually be a very good thing. With each other, they can be who they truly are, weird and complicated, and not really care what the other one thinks.
As their friendship grows, they make a pact to spend all Summer Vacations together. Poppy has a travel blog and is getting big on social media writing about all sorts of adventures. As the years go by things get more intense and complicated between them, and eventually, Poppy is hired to write for a fancy travel magazine, elevating their budget-friendly trips to five-star hotel extravaganzas. Things are changing, but moving on from friendship to romance can be the scariest one of all.
Multiple locations serve as the backdrop for their trips, and the clever writing jumps from their previous summers while intercalating with the current timeline. Present-day Poppy and Alex are summering in Palm Springs and the writing is so immersive you can practically feel the arid air and see the neon pink flamingos popping from the page.
Things that make You and Me on Vacation so special:
- The Mutual Pining is Blissful
- Opposites Attract/ Sunshine and Grumpy
- There. Is. Only. One. Bed
- Slow Burn
- THE BANTER IS EVERYTHING
- It makes you feel things
This is one of those books that I’ll keep going back to when I need something beautiful and romantic to read. It’s the first chilling sensation of jumping in the pool on a hot summer day, it’s the drip of melting ice cream on your fingers, waiting on your porch for your first boyfriend to pick you up, swiping the card for your hotel room on the first day of vacation, opening your first paycheck, sipping champagne for the first time and feeling the tingling sensation of bubbles in the back of your tongue…
I could go on and on. This will definitely be sharing the same space as some of my other favorite romances like The Hating Game and Red, White, & Royal Blue.
Ps: there’s a lovely little Easter Egg that shows You and Me on Vacation and Beach Read are part of the same universe and I stan that.
Thank you Penguin Random House UK for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
RATING: ☆☆☆☆☆ (5 Stars)
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