Beach Read - Emily Henry
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.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around this book. Trying to understand what I'm feeling because one thing I can bet is this book will leave you feeling...something. I don't know if it's happiness, sadness, acceptance, frustration, resignation..I just don't know.
Beach read is anything but a fluffy and light summer read. It's heavy on the emotions and is about figuring out love and life after everything you thought you knew starts falling apart at the seams. When you try to navigate to this new version of yourself that's emerged. When you find someone you connect with at the worst point in your life. Someone who brings the sunshine out amidst the fog you’re drifting along.
I thought I would be reading this as a cutesy romance not realizing this book tags a lot of depth and makes you pensive. The first half of the book is considerably lighter and funnier than the second half.
“I did what any reasonable adult woman would do when confronted with her college rival turned next-door neighbor. I dove behind the nearest bookshelf.”
It does have a magnetic pull towards it that'll suck you into the life of the characters and make you feel like you're the one living it.
It's told in a single pov which is perfect for the book. While dual povs help us understand both the characters at the same time, I felt I understood the beauty of single povs in this book. In a single pov book you read the story through the eyes of one character or personality. It makes for a more immersive reading experience. I loved that!
The book starts off with witty banter, a load of sass and slowly let's the emotions build and build until it becomes a crescendo and finally comes together at the end.
“Again and again he told me I wasn't myself. But he was wrong. I was the same me I'd always been. I'd just stopped trying to glow in the dark for him, or anyone else.”
I could connect with the main character.
“And that was the moment I realized: when the world felt dark and scary, love could whisk you off to go dancing; laughter could take some of the pain away; beauty could punch holes in your fear. I decided then that my life would be full of all three.”
Like her, I too hope for happy endings and read books about them because it proves as an escape to reality which isn't a happily ever after. So it was painful for me to have to accept the ‘happy for now’ we are promised in this book.
I think that's what I'm feeling - pain and loss. The characters I grew so attached to got a realistic end, rather than the sunshine and rainbows that leave me satisfied. But it's perfect for them and their story is so so beautiful. It still hurts and guts my heart that hopes for all things roses, soulmates and one true love. I actually liked how much her father loved her. Like she was the one constant person he loved the most his entire life. I wanted a romantic love story just like that but with the leads XD
If you don't mind these, do pick this up!
“If you think the story has a sad ending, it's because it's not over yet.”