‘Beach Read’ by Emily Henry/A Review

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Beach Read by Emily Henry
Publisher: Berkley
Length: 384 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchased through Book of the Month
Release Date: May 19, 2020

My Thoughts

Getting your writing ‘mojo’ back after traumatic life experiences is such an challenging learning journey. This is the struggle January Andrews faces in ‘Beach Read’: accustomed to penning several successful romances, January faces the biggest challenge of her career upon losing her relationship and her father, while discovering unsettling truths about her family. She spends the summer in Michigan in a friendly competition of sorts with Gus Everett, a former classmate, rival author, and neighbor. Both Gus and January go to great lengths to show the secrets of their writing genres, while getting into some adventure (and sharing more than writerly advice) along the way!

‘Beach Read’ has many humorous moments, and I found myself laughing at the awkward moments January found herself in with Gus while getting accustomed to their new status as neighbors. Meeting other community members in the small Michigan community also came with its share of unexpectedness! In addition to getting acquainted with others, Gus and January’s constant banter was pretty engaging, especially when they shared tips about bettering their craft.

I also felt a lot of empathy for January, as she is faced with the quandary of making a deadline for writing the next bestselling novel while trying to sort out her complications. For the first time, January fails to see a ‘happily ever after’ in her life. She is in an uphill battle in finding peace within herself, as the perfect bonds in her regular life are shattered. Re-learning how to trust is not an easy thing to do, and Emily Henry does nice work in showing the difficult process to trust in others again.

I recommend ‘Beach Read’ to those searching for a light-hearted romance with the added twist in a character rediscovering their life’s purpose. It was very enjoyable!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

What do you think of Beach Read? Would you want to add this book to your TBR? Feel free to share!


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.

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