Beach Read

(She) has been a lot of people in the twenty years I’ve known her, and I’ve had a chance to fall in love with every single one of them. That’s the key to marriage. You have to keep falling in love with every new version of each other, and it’s the best feeling in the whole world.”

Thank you to Book of the Month for featuring this book as one of your April 2020 book picks!

“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.”

I think that BEACH READ may be my favorite read of April. I savored every page but I still finished it in 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down. I fell head over heels in love with not just Augustus Everett but also January Andrews. Oh, and I guess you could say that I also fell in love with Emily Henry’s writing style – I can’t wait to get my hands on another book that she’s written.

The chemistry between Augustus and January was palpable from their first encounter on page 11. I think what I admired the most of this book, is that the characters didn’t just jump into bed with one another; Henry played out their relationship until 2/3 of the way into the book and it made me savor it even more (I definitely won’t be looking at a bookcase the same way again).

Besides the relationship between the two main characters, I was also completely enamored with Henry’s writing. I felt like with every page that I read, I needed to document beautiful quotes from the author. She was able to articulate the emotion that countless writers put into their stories. It was beautiful.

I also should mention that nestled within these pages is a story about what happens when everything that you’ve ever known starts to feel like it’s a lie. I found the author’s reflection on love and marriage to be poignant but even more moving was the raw portrayal of loss and grief. My heart hurt for January and how her world was turned from sunshine and daisies to dark and grey. But, I promise you, this book is truly uplifting and I couldn’t get enough of it.

“Every single person on the planet had to take turns hurting. Sometimes all you could do was hold on to each other until the dark spat you back out.”

It’s not too often that I can find a book that I never want to end but BEACH READ was that book for me. I will be recommending this beauty to everyone and I will absolutely be reading it again.. next time, hopefully on the beach right next to my version of Augustus Everett.

BEACH READ will be published on May 19, 2020. Add it to your reading list and prepare to swoon.

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