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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION! Original, sparkling bright, and layered with feeling. Sally Thorne, author of The Hating GameA 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.

  • Author - Emily Henry
  • Publisher - Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication Date - 05-19-2020
  • Page Count - 384
  • Hardcover
  • Adult
  • Romance
  • Product Dimensions - 5.5 H x 8.2 W x 1.3 D
  • ISBN-13 - 9781984806734

Web ID: 13786981

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    Oct 13, 2023
    from MI
    so good

    this book got me back into reading and irs so good I love it

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    Sep 06, 2023
    i loved it

    I related to a lot in this book (especially to January, and losing her father) and honestly, by the end of it I just felt so fulfilled. My heart feels warm and even tho I cried a little, it was so worth it. Definitely brought up some memories and feelings I had forgotten about but this book made me heal little pieces of me I didn’t know I needed. Thank you to the author for that.

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    Aug 12, 2023
    from Oregon
    Quick read, sweet love story!

    📚Beach Read📚 By: Emily Henry Genre: Romance POV: Single POV Setting: Chicago area Tropes: Enemies(ish) to Lovers, Small Town, Summer by the Lake, Banter, Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spice: 🌶 Review: This is my third Emily Henry book and I’ve definitely become a fan. My favorite is still Book Lovers but this one was great too!! This story is about Gus and January. Both authors that write very different books. January with her HEA romances and Gus with his doom and gloom dramas. The two went to college together but were never friends. Then they end up next door neighbors for a summer by the lake in the small town where January’s dad grew up. These two characters are both dealing with tough life issues and they choose to distract themselves with a bet with the hopes that it will cure their writing block. January has to write something more doom and gloom without a HEA and Gus has to write something more upbeat with a happy ending. I love the time these two spend together. The banter is excellent and the way they begin to trust one another and share their heartache and secrets warmed my heart 🥰. Fun little romance that I very much enjoyed!! It's a pretty light quick read that I would definitely recommend.

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    Jun 20, 2023
    6 Star Read!

    I have never read a book as fast as I read this one. There are so many facets to this book, it’s not simply a romance novel. This is now one of my favorites!!

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    Mar 11, 2023
    from Tampa, FL
    Another Must Read by Emily Henry

    I have only recently been introduced to Emily Henry and I swear I crave her books like a dog craves a bone. I finally realized why I enjoy her writing so much (Beach Read included) - with each book, she imparts a bit of wisdom on how to survive the rollercoaster that's called life. She doesn't season it up with wishful thinking and fairytale moments. She reminds us that life can be down right brutal at times but we will get through it and come out on the other side strong. And if we don't, that's ok too. January Andrews is dealing with enough issues in life right now - family secrets, a loss of a parent, a recent breakup - the last thing she needed was writer’s block! Having lost the beacon of light and hope that fueled her creative process, she escapes to North Bear Shores, Michigan - determined to crank out something that resembles a book while trying to ready her late father’s house to go on the market. As if writer’s block wasn’t a worthy enough adversary - January soon learns that the obnoxious neighbor who’s loud music is making her ears bleed is coming from the house of no other than her college crush turned arch nemesis - Augustus Everett. The same boy, now man, who made her college experience an absolute nightmare (even if she couldn’t take her eyes off him!) Same boyish charm with that fiery yet judgmental look, January’s dance card is officially full and she just can’t deal with anything else but with a small town, you can run but you can’t hide. So if you can’t beat them, join them. Alone, flustered, and running out of options, January is willing to try just about anything to make a book materialize, even accepting a bet with Augustus (Gus) to write something well outside of her normal range. She just has to keep her promise that she won’t fall in love with him, which she believes will come right after witnessing pigs fly. This book was different from the other books I have read by Henry but I couldn’t put my finger on how. Enjoying it immensely, it is probably the first slow burn book that kept my interest the entire time. The ebbs and flows of their relationship kept you guessing what would happen next but helping you stay in the moment. Were they friends, would they become more, would they become less, was there a future, was the change that made them so compatible now temporary? I think what was intriguing was feeling like I was inside of the head of the many authors I enjoy. It was a reality check of the amount of pressure they must feel to give us readers what we crave, what we desire. Will we be happy? Will we resent them? I think that’s what felt different. While I enjoy the characters in most books, January felt more real to me, as if Emily Henry was speaking to the readers through her - letting us know that she was struggling but would find a way to deliver. January’s story was incredible! The pallet of baggage that she had to carry would break any normal person. She was experiencing loss in a multitude of ways, loss of Jacques, loss of her father, loss of the relationship with her mother, loss of happily ever afters, loss of what she believed was the example of pure and wholesome love between her parents. On top of that, she still had to carry on - writing in a voice that no longer belonged to her, facing a reminder of her past that was messing with her present, longing for a friend that was close but yet so far - she was everywhere but was still trying to find her center. Augustus Everett is the embodiment of the antihero. The way Henry wrote him, you desperately wanted him to find something, anything to make it all worth it. The despair, the abandonment, the relentless search of permanency, of being wanted, accepted, chosen - his character was everything but believed he was nothing. To believe he wasn’t enough, wasn’t good enough, was simply a plague that destroyed everything he touched was gut wrenching. He constantly hid behind a shield that had protected him for so long, he didn’t even realize it still existed. The sexual tension between these two characters was sensational. What I have always appreciate about Henry is that she writes with such sensuality and intimacy that it doesn’t feel like a hot and heavy scene, it feels like a overdue tender moment between two people who are so drawn to each other, nothing else but being together makes sense. This book was just real in every way. January wasn’t a damsel is distress looking for her Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. Augustus wasn’t the bruiting male lead who had everything in life but the love of a good woman. They loved and lost, they had disappointments, heartaches, up and downs, good and bad childhoods, secrets, and lies - they were us, they were real, crap happened, things didn’t work out, life sucked. It was a refreshing break away from the lightheartedness of most romantic comedies. While the laughs were still there (the banter was strong with this one!), the rawness of just being human and surviving was there too. Behind every laugh, every smart remark, every comeback was a person simply trying to keep it together. Isn’t that all of us to an extent? Love is hard, love is messy and it may not always work out like the fairytales but we are resilient, strong, and will survive. Love stinks but it doesn’t mean we should lose hope. That is the overarching message I got from her book - it may not come in the form you desire or work out how you picture it but giving up and turning your back on the idea ruins any possibilities of not happily ever after, but happy for now moments. While her stories are officially fiction, she ensures her characters keep one foot in the real world, connecting our realms and allowing us to see, feel, and appreciate what is happening and how we may apply their reasoning to our every day woes. Beach Read teaches us that nothing is guaranteed - life, love, or happily ever afters. For this reason, we need to embrace the "now" of things and leave the "buts" for tomorrow.

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    Mel GB
    Jan 22, 2023
    from California
    Grumpy Guy Meets Struggling Optimist

    Emily Henry books are always a good choice! BEACH READ follows the classic grumpy male character and used-to-believe in true love female character as they challenge each other to write a book outside of their normal writing genres. This slow burn story speaks to new adults coming to terms with their childhood, changing expectations, and learning to chart their own paths. This is a great comfort read, beach read (no pun intended), or go to when you're feeling a little down about life.

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    Queen of Chaos
    Oct 17, 2022
    from Texas
    Modern Romance of Writers

    Read on the recommendation of one of my 20-something daughters, who raves about the book even though she often does not read contemporary romance. I found [book:Beach Read|52867387] fun, enjoyable and realistic, but a little on the light side for my personal taste. While I was invested in the story by the end, and the characters and situations are well described, it took longer for me to "warm up" to it, mostly due to the shifting story focus (the beginning of the book could almost be a different story setup despite giving the characters' backstories and initial introduction). Pros: Flirty banter, realistic reactions, realistic portrayals of relationships. Modern, realistic settings and situations. Good forays into January's thought process and feelings. Cons: Shifting focus in the storyline. Book's beginning not the light summer frolic and idealized romantic escape I expected from title. Yet at the end, it seemed to almost skate over or leave unresolved some of the deeper feelings the characters start with, but that in itself is realistic.

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    Sep 08, 2022
    from TEMPE AZ
    Fun, easy, cute.

    4.5 stars. I picked this up because I wanted something cute and easy to read that grabbed my attention. It is somewhat of a page turner because you want to figure out what happens to these two characters who hate/ like each other. It has some funny / witty moments that I laughed at. Overall, it was a nice beach read.

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