Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

This is one of my “Bookstagram made me buy it” books. There were so many great reviews about this book that I just couldn’t ignore it. I have also never read anything by the author however with everyone raving about the book, I had high expectations.

The story follows two writers January and Gus, who become next door neighbors when January moves into her late father’s beach house which he left to her. Although, they were both in college together, January and Gus were not exactly friendly but as they keep bumping into each other both at home and in this little town, they begin to develop a relationship of some sort which leads them to learning from each other as writers and most importantly on a personal level. This is a story about grief, betrayal, new beginnings, forgiveness and love.

First of all, I expected something really light and fun based on the title but was disappointed to find out that it was a story with quite a number of heavy themes. This affected my reading experience being a mood reader and it took me time to get into the story. Another issue again for me was that the major romance tropes in this story (enemies to lovers (ish) and miscommunication) are my least favorite romance tropes which made matters worse so in a nutshell, I struggled with this one. On the upside, the challenges both protagonists went through were relatable and it well written by the author but I still couldn’t relate to the characters themselves. Unpopular as it may be, this was my experience reading this one.

Based on the fact that majority of the people who have read this book loved it, I would recommend you give it a go. I plan to read another book by the author and I will let you know how that goes.

Cheers and have a good one!

Rating: 3 Stars

Published: May 19th 2020 by Berkley

Pages: 361

Genre: Romance


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 Center for Art & Media Studies. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.


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