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BEST Book of the Year?! | Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

*Thank you to Netgalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review; all opinions are my own.

TW/CW: Death of parent/grief, Cancer


He doesn’t believe in happy endings.
She’s lost her faith that they exist.
But could they find one together?

January is a hopeless romantic who likes narrating her life as if she’s the heroine in a blockbuster movie.
Augustus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.
January and Augustus are not going to get on.

But they actually have more in common than you’d think:

They’re both broke.
They’ve got crippling writer’s block.
They need to write bestsellers before the end of the summer.

The result? A bet to see who can get their book published first.
The catch? They have to swap genres.
The risk? In telling each other’s stories, their worlds might be changed entirely… 

My Thoughts:
I loved every moment of this book!! The characters, the story, the romance – everything. I was fully captivated by it all! I was hooked from the moment I started it. I haven’t been invested in a book like this in a while! I have been in an almighty slump for m o n t h s. I think this cured it! I read this in less than 48 hours, which is a miracle because everything has been taking me weeks to read.

This is the perfect romance, for me personally. I am not a fan of cheesy/cringy romance, I like cute and feels without suffering from secondhand embarrassment – which this novel did perfectly. I found myself swooning (and squealing) and rooting for the romance – it didn’t annoy me in the slightest. There was angst and a bit of slow burn, which I adore! If I’m not dying for the couple to kiss/touch then what’s the point?!

Not only is this a romance novel but there is so much more substance than that – there’s love and loss, friendship, illness/cancer & family secrets. It was very well intertwined with the romance plot, everything flowed flawlessly. Nothing felt forced or out of place, it all worked amazingly well together.

I loved the sarcasm and witty writing style – it was such a breeze to read. I didn’t want to put this down, I was GLUED to this book. If I didn’t have other things to do I would’ve read the whole thing in one go. I had to know what happened and I NEEDED to get to the romancey parts.

I literally have nothing bad to see, I had no faults with this book. It was PERFECTION!

January: I really liked January, she was a great protagonist, she was funny and relatable and very realistically written. She was easy to attach to, emotionally. I was instantly connected to her and was fully invested from the first chapter.
Her friendship was also lovely to see, there was no drama or pettiness, just genuine girl/girl platonic love. It was so lovely to see!

Gus: I LOVED Gus!! He was so adorable. His chemistry with January was undeniable from the beginning. Their relationship fits the enemies/rivals to friends to lovers trope perfectly! I loved the banter between Gus and January, it all felt very real and funny – nothing was over the top or unrealistic.

Overall, definitely a new fave! I will be buying a physical copy because I will definitely reread this in the future. I will be recommending this to EVERYONE. It’s my favourite read of 2020 so far!
If you’re going to read one summery romance this year, make sure it is this one!

Rating: 5 Stars

17 thoughts on “BEST Book of the Year?! | Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

  1. I’ve been seeing some buzz about this novel but didn’t know what it was about at all but this sounds like such a perfect summer read and something I’d really enjoy! I’m a sucker for the rivals to friends/ lovers trope and the overall concept of both characters being writers really appeals to me. I loved how enthusiastic you are about this book and it’s definitely encouraged me to read this as soon as I can so thank you so much! x

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