Beach Read by Emily Henry
Published by Berkley on May 19, 2020
Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, romance
Format & Length: hardcover, 362
Beach Read was a well rounded contemporary romance that would, in fact, make a great beach read!
“That was what I’d always loved about reading, what had driven me to write in the first place. That feeling that a new world was being spun like a spiderweb around you and you couldn’t move until the whole thing had revealed itself to you.”
Romance writer January Andrews no longer believes in love. Literary writer Augustus Everett is her neighbor for the summer. Each are bogged down in writers block and one night, they strike a deal – January will take on literary fiction and Augustus will write a happy ever after. Told entirely from January’s perspective, this story digs deep into her character and slowly reveals Augustus’s as well in between the lightness of their chemistry and banter.
Beach Read stands out to me amidst a sea of contemporary romances because it speaks to me on a personal level. I love that it revolves around two writers and their personal struggles. I love the focus on books, reading, and writing. And I love that January is a woman who stands up for herself and what she believes in, even when she finds that belief wavering.
“Yeah, well, you’re not the only one who doesn’t understand it,” I said. “I know how to tell a story, Gus, and I know how to string a sentence together. If you swapped out all my Jessicas for Johns, do you know what you’d get? Fiction. Just fiction. Ready and willing to be read by anyone, but somehow by being a woman who writes about women, I’ve eliminated half the Earth’s population from my potential readers, and you know what? I don’t feel ashamed of that. I feel pissed. That people like you will assume my books couldn’t possibly be worth your time, while meanwhile you could shart on live TV and the New York Times would praise your for your bold display of humanity.”
I picked Beach Read as an add-on to my April Book of the Month box. That April box wound up being a big win for me – I loved both The Guest List and Beach Read! This was a case of the right book finding me at the right time. If you’re looking for a good contemporary romance to inhale this summer, definitely check this book out!