Today’s review is on Beach Read by Emily Henry. This was also my second read for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge hosted by Cathy746books.
I have been wanting to read Beach Read ever since it got a lot of buzz last year when it was released, but for whatever reason I kept putting it off. Then a few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to read it – especially since a lot of the people I follow on YouTube have done nothing but rave about it. This was also a last minute addition to my 20 Books of Summer List (which has been altered a little bit since June 1st).
Beach Read follows January Andrews a year after her father’s death, She finds herself at the lake house that she’d discovered at his funeral that he owned with another woman. Since discovering his secret, her life has come apart, and she decides to go there to not only get closure, but to overcome her writer’s block so she can write her next romance novel that her publisher is patiently waiting for. Shortly after she arrives, she discovers that her neighbor is none other than Augustus “Gus” Everett – her nemesis from college and a fellow author, although he prefers to write books where everyone dies at the end. One night they make a bet that they will each write the kind of book that the other one usually does, as well as educate each other on their respective genres. We see them g on trips to a carnival, as well as the site of a former death cult, and much more.
I liked Beach Read, I don’t know if I can say that I loved it, but I liked it. It is definitely one of the better romances/ chick lit books I have read recently. I loved the concept, and I very much felt like I was reading a romantic comedy movie.
I did like the romance, although I will admit that there were a couple of scenes that were pretty steamy – so if that is not your thing, this probably is not the book for you. However, I found that they didn’t bother me as they usually do, I think because there was a lot of build up to those scenes so it was expected in a way.
I enjoyed getting to know January, and I love that this so much more than a romance, it is also about her rediscovering who she is and what she believes when it comes to love after discovering that what she thought was true was seemingly a lie. It also follows her as she learns to forgive her father. I also liked Gus, but there were times he came across as too much of a jerk. However, I liked that there is more to him than January realized, and that he is a complex individual who is working through current and past trauma.
I also loved reading about the novel that January writes throughout the book, and honestly, I would love to read an actual version of it! I also appreciated the look into the cult that is mentioned in the book, however I would have like to know more, but often these scenes would fade to black before it got too much. And I get it, that was not the main point of the story.
Overall, I liked Beach Read. It is a good summery read, and perfect to slip into your beach bag. I am looking forward to reading some of Emily Henry’s other works. 3.5/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.