When I think of Emily Henry, I think kisses. I don’t know what it is, but the woman has the ability to write kisses really well–they feel different, they feel specific, they feel evocative. That’s not a silly thing to point out, I don’t think. In Romancelandia, there’s a lot of kisses going on so it really does take something to stand out. Suffice to say, she continues to do the same thing here, so when it comes to consistency she’s 10/10. Otherwise, of all […]
My wife reads around 100 books a year. At the end of each year, she picks five or 10 of those for me to read. They’re usually some of my favorites each year – it’s almost like she knows me.) One of her choices for me this year was Emily Henry’s Beach Read, which was a Book of the Month Club choice and would probably be a great movie with the right cast. It’s a “grumpy sunshine”-styled rom-com, although it doesn’t fit squarely in the […]
Emily Henry is a pro at taking fairly innocuous contexts like vacation and turning it into fertile ground to explore deeply emotional subjects. This is no different. Plot: Alex and Poppy did a road trip in college to visit family and despite being polar opposites in every way, became best friends. Alex stayed in their home town and set up roots while Poppy couldn’t get away fast enough, but every year, they still made time to go on vacation together. One minor hiccup. They’re in […]
Here’s one I found at a Goodwill for $1.99 (along with a Peanuts Busy Book that had all its figures, minus the only black character, which feels intentional). I’d seen it in Target’s bestseller section plenty of times and couldn’t resist it at so low a price-point. I’m glad I decided to pick it up, because I needed a breezy breather like this after We Were Liars gave me multiple successive gut punches. People We Meet on Vacation is about friends Poppy and Alex and […]
I first saw Beach Read (2020) by Emily Henry on my library’s website. I was about to head to Hawaii on vacation, and it seemed like the perfect book to bring with me. Unfortunately, there was quite a wait for it at the library, so I didn’t get to read it until after I returned from vacation. January Andrews is a best-selling romance novelist, but she is dealing with a lot these days. Most devastating, her father recently died of a heart attack. As difficult as this […]
GoAllieGo is inspiring me…to GO ON VACATION! I am running to my nearest beach, jargarita in hand (a margarita mixed in the BIGGEST mason jar), and cracking into Beach Read as soon as I am able! Thanks again, GoAllieGo! Thanks as well to the lovely faintingviolet for making this whole Book Exchange happen!