Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry


Emily Henry



“Original, sparkling bright, and layered with feeling.”—Sally Thorne, author of The Hating Game

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 is about 2 rival authors who challenge each other to write the other’s genre and see whose book does better. This was a fun premise with some heavy stuff sprinkled throughout the book.

The thing that held me back on this book is it reminded me too much of The Hating Game. I really enjoyed THG and I recently read it. I think it was too fresh in my mind that I couldn’t stop thinking about how it reminded me of it.

Enemies to lovers readers will enjoy this one.

Audio book source: Library/Overdrive
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Length: 10H 13M

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