ARC Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

Hi all my Bookworms!

My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.

How are you all?

I have been blessed on NetGalley with many splendid books and I am glad to say that this week I am reviewing Beach Read by Emily Henry. This book seems to have been the talk of the summer. I would like to give my thanks to Emily Henry and NetGalley for my copy of the book.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Publisher: Penguin UK (US: Berkley)

Date published: (UK release) 20th August 2020 (US release) 19th May 2020

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 361

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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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.

My Thoughts

Everyone knows the moment that a book says no one will fall in love the exact opposite is going to happen. It’s like a rule. But the getting there, each journey is different. And I have to say I love their journey. I can’t say that this is a coming of age book, (our characters are a little too old for that) but it is definitely a journey of self discovery for both our main characters.

However for a book called Beach Read, there was, for me, a surprisingly small amount of beach. They do however visit the burned out site of the death cult which a little horrific for a romance novel but somehow it also added to the romance of the story. Two people alone in a tent far away from anyone else? Romantic.

I wish that we could have seen more of both novels that our characters were writing. I think we only saw Gus’ right at the very end. But January’s … I wanted to see more of that great American novel that she was penning.

Overall I loved the book. The meet cute was a loud, sobbing mess; the falling in love montage was a perfect mix of Ferris wheels, throwing up and interviewing cult members and when they finally confess their feelings … well, I’ll leave that for you to discover.

About the Author

Emily Henry writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the now-defunct New York Centre for Art & Media Studies. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.


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