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Beach Read

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  69 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2020 by Berkley
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    Release date: May 19, 2020
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    Nilufer Ozmekik
    Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    OH MYYYYY GOODNESSSSSS! Finally literature gods heard my prayers that I’ve been requesting to read a fantastic romance that I’ve been craving for so long! I need something heart wrenching, shaking me to the core, help me feel everything at the same time: happiness, angst, joy, forgiveness, enjoyment, resentment, hurting! Yes, I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I want to scream it! Oh, thankfully I already did!

    I have to add that: This is not beach read. This is GLUED READ. You don’t want to end it and

    (that was a refreshing sigh, like someone who just sipped soda in a commercial or got into a pool. not to be confused with a shriek.)

    review to come / 4 stars


    could not resist reading for even a minute longer



    (i got an arc. and not to be dramatic but this is the best day of my life and nothing will ever come close.)

    shoutout to Tucker for being the best person alive.


    now there's a COVER and a SYNOPSIS and yet STILL this book is not in my hands!!!!!

    Jan 24, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    I wrote this book because I wanted to do something fun but I still ended up making myself cry, so what's new?
    Holly  B
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
    My first by the author and I really enjoyed it. I thought it would be more of a rom-com, but it is more women's fiction with a romance. The way things played out was entertaining and I was cheering for a HEA ending! Did it happen?

    Loved the characters, January and Gus, who are both authors and in a bit of a writing slump. It was interesting to read about how authors feel when writing and struggling to get a book completed. I felt their chemistry and liked the way they were both flawed characters
    Nov 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    sounds kinda fun
    rachel ☾
    Jan 10, 2020 marked it as arc-tbr

    Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Okay so here is my attempt at making a formal review for one of my easily favourite reads of 2020.

    This is a love story between two very broken individuals. One is a fiction writer who searches for the dark unsettling things and pours his gut-wrenching words into literary fiction and the other chooses happiness and sunshine, writing romance novels for those who seek an escape. They both have complicated pasts. He grew up with an abusive father and felt he was missing a piece of him because of
    Jan 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020-releases
    this book comes out in the same year I graduate from college, and it's still the thing I'm most excited for in 2020
    Caitlin Reads
    Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this book! Beach Read had me grinning from ear to ear on my commute and staying up until 1 am to finish it. I requested this book from Edelweiss when I saw Sally Thorne had recommended it. I was expecting a fun and fluffy beach read but got so much more. Beach Read was sharp and witty following January, a down on her luck writer who is escaping to a small lake town in Michigan to try to finish her past due novel while cleaning out the home her late father kept with his ...more
    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    I cannot wait to start it!!

    Mics ✖siempre romances✖
    TRIGGER WARNING: Death of a parent (Heroine is overcoming the death of her dad), mention of breast cancer, cheating (NOT from the hero to the heroine)


    My problem is not with the book per se but with the marketing of it, don't mislead you readers, please! and content warning would be appreciated.


    This was not the beach read that I was expecting. For what I read from the synopsys I thought this was going to be a fun and light enemies to lovers romance and that's why I requested it. But I
    Riley Redgate
    Jan 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Anna Bright
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites, romance
    I always finish Emily Henry novels in the middle of the night. I can never bear to put them down. She is just unmatched. BEACH READ was every bit as tender and witty and sharp and steamy as I’d hoped it would be. So grateful Berkley sent me this ARC-- I will be pelting customers with copies as soon as it’s out.
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: first-reads
    What do you get when you cross a disillusioned romance author with a Hemingway circle jerk writer? A compulsively readable book where you kind of hope for your train to be delayed so you can spend a few more minutes with January and Gus. These two are saddled with writers block and make a pact to write the others genre. Literary snobbery is (rightfully) called out and the two begin to navigate a friendship outside of writing as they explore the others’s process. Reader, I loved it.

    I received an
    JS is Reading
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I have been in a SERIOUS reading slump. Like epic. Like can't finish any book I start for MONTHS. I don't know why, but this one finally drew me out of it. I don't usually read Rom Coms (I watch a lot, however) but the literary premise drew me in and I really really loved it. It had depth, but not too much, great characters, sexy interactions and it really made me LOL. (lol) Being inside the protagonist's head was fun and compelling and a great escape.
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars, highly recommended for all libraries, book clubs, and women’s/general fiction readers. For fans of Arranged by Catherine McKenzie or Star-crosses by Minnie Darke.

    This love story felt honest and real and a little bit broken. Rather than focusing on “new adult” characters, this story has a 29yo falling in love with a 32yo, who are both still staggering a bit, as life hasn’t worked out quite the way they had originally planned. This 37yo can relate— I think that was the year I got laid
    Lily Herman
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Well, I don't think I can talk to another human being for a while, because if I do, it's going to be solely about this book for the foreseeable future.

    If someone ever asked me to describe the elements of a Perfect Romance Novel For Lily Herman, I'd just send them a copy of Beach Read. It's got it all: Snappy AF dialogue! An enemies-to-lovers storyline! Writers as main characters who I, for once, don't want to punch in the face! Enough steam to fog the windows but not enough for me to think I'm
    Kimberly Kowalski
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book was incredible! Not at all what I was expecting from that cover, but amazing all the same.

    January arrives in a little lake town in Michigan with the intention of writing a far past due novel and cleaning out her late father's 'love shack' he had kept with his mistress. A mistress she only learned of after his passing. Oh did I mention she was just dumped by her boyfriend of six years? To say that she's not in a good headspace would be the understatement of the century.

    Imagine her
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    **I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley.**

    I really, really adored this book. It is straight up hysterical and the characters are wonderful. So many things here left me either laughing or grinning - or, in some cases, actually tearing up because Henry is is as good with sad moments as she is with funny.

    All this said, I do think the book is a smidge uneven, with the beginning being way stronger than the ending. There was definitely a point or two in the last few chapters where things felt
    Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book made me laugh, cry, reread passages, burst out into mad smiles at the clever writing, and so much more. It made me stop my husband while he watched TV to tell him how brilliant chapter 15 was written. It also confused him when he walked into the living room and saw me crying over my Kindle. Beach Read was so much more than I could have imagined or wanted. It was real, raw, and lovely. I loved every second. I already want to re-read it. I also love that I got to read it in January :)
    Gabrielle Ayanna
    Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    the book i didn’t know i needed. i laughed and cried and realized that life can be full of ugly parts but the overall experience is beautiful.
    thank you emily henry!!! you are a writing goddess!!!
    Myka Kobb
    Dec 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Interesting premise! I've only heard good things about the writer, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one.
    Natasha at Book Baristas
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    !!!! I LOVED this book!!!! It was so beautiful and sad and funny and romantic and I am moving to a beach town IMMEDIATELY. Ok, now I've got to reread it.
    Theresa Alan
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Emily Henry does a phenomenal job describing the heat between literary writer Augustus (Gus) Everett and romance writer January Andrews. Gus has been giving her a hard time about her desire to give everyone a happily ever after (HEA) since they attended the same fiction class in college. When they find themselves living next door to each other in a small tourist town on Lake Michigan, they challenge each other to see if the other can’t write what s/he would write. January dislikes that he ...more
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Between 5 and 10 stars.

    Wow. WOW.
    This book blew me away and it really resonated with me. The blurb intrigued me and I requested but I can say this was not what I expected. So NOT a beach read.

    What it is instead is so well written, so deep, so emotion-filled and stirring.

    January and Gus knew each other in college and couldn't stand each other. Years later, she comes to the beach house her father left her and Gus lives next door. She recognizes him first and thinks he doesn't her, but he does.
    Lilly Schmaltz
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    4.5/5 stars

    January and Augustus could not be more opposite. While she writes romantic comedies, he is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. Neither understand the other. January would prefer all of her stories to have happy endings, whereas Augustus is fine with killing off all of his characters. For the next three months they must fight off their writer's block while being next-door
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I have been feeling the effects of the mid winter blahs. While it is definitely is nice to have it light out later, the cold weather and brown scenery is getting old. So to help me get out of the winter blues I picked up Beach Read. Thank you Edelweiss and Berkeley books for an e-arc.

    Well this book definitely perked me up and made me excited for all the summer reads that will be coming out. Set in a small town on the lake, we meet two very different types of authors who are struggling to write
    Ginger at GReadsBooks
    Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    If this book is not already on your TBR for May, I hope my review puts it there! I’m giving this story all the stars!!

    January Andrews writes bestselling romance novels. Augustus Everett pens literary fiction. They have what may seem a rivalry in writing, but deep down it’s a mix of unspoken feelings, missed opportunities, & a heavy weight of unexpected conflicts. These two characters are rich with wit & that delicious spark that ignites between opposites, which ultimately you know will
    Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Sometimes a book comes along that redefines a genre. Recently, Jasmine Guillory's "The Wedding Date" and Helen Hoang's "The Kiss Quotient" revitalized what used to be referred to as chick-lit while bridging the gap with and modernizing contemporary romance. Beach Read is another book that's about to redefine the genre. This very meta book about the way women's writing and books centered on women are received and treated by the literary community offers whip-smart commentary on the very real ...more
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Beach Read by Emily Henry is the perfect lazy weekend or vacation novel. I tore through this book in two days, just in two sittings, and couldn't put it down. It's such an easy read, but still has depth and brings the reader through a tidal wave of emotions.

    January and Gus initially bond as two writers both experiencing writers block, and find that they are more alike than either of them would have guessed. The agree two switch genres for the summer, with January writing a classic novel and Gus
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    Emily Henry writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the now-defunct New York Center for Art & Media Studies. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.
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