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.
Beach Read by Emily Henry was phenomenal. The emotional rollercoaster was what really made this novel, a must read for the summer. Then, there’s the cast of characters. Their flaws made them real. I liked both Gus and January. Their pain, loss, and fears could be felt on every page. Plenty of tension, action, and good dialogue to keep my full attention. I was glued to their story. The book was well-written. As a reader, I needed to read every single page because I just had to know every detail. Gus and January were broken both emotionally. January lost her dad and found out about his betrayal. Gus was hurt by his wife. Together, their pain and writing United them. Writers from opposite genres, it was fun following their adventure. Hope, healing, and new beginnings were also a part of this read.