Author: Emily Henry
Pages: 361 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance
Published: May 2020
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
It is safe to say I devoured this book. I could not put it down. It has been on my TBR for over a year and I can’t believe I made myself wait that long! Beach Read was addictive, romantic and the perfect summer read.
‘I don’t want to hurt you and I don’t want to feel what it would be like to lose you.’
I loved the enemies to lovers relationship that January and Augustus had and the plot had me hooked. After January’s Dad died unexpectedly, she struggled to write her next romantic novel. At her father’s funeral, she found out things she never expected to from her dad, one of which being a summer house on a lake. In order to meet the deadline for her next book January took herself to this lake house for the summer, where she moves in next to Augustus.
‘Because I know no matter how long I get to love you, it will be worth whatever comes after.’
These two authors supposedly have nothing in common, but as the story went on, and they learnt more about each other, it seemed they had more than they thought. January and Augustus went to the same university, and their back story was intriguing as January believed they had a rivalry. When she saw Augustus in the town she has moved to, she tried to hide, and it appeared like he did not remember her. Both authors are suffering from writer’s block and agree to a challenge of whoever can write the best book in the other person’s genre wins. This challenge leads them to going out romantic outings together, which are definitely not dates (or are they?) and visiting surviving members of cults.
‘For January, I don’t care how the story ends as long as I spend it with you.’
There were so many cute moments in this book, and I loved the relationship that they began to develop over the course of the novel. Augustus was a sweetheart and I already want to read this book again! This book is the perfect summer read, and if you haven’t already, then I seriously recommend picking this one up!
Have you read this one yet? What did you think?