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Beach Read

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  153,854 ratings  ·  21,396 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, 361 pages
Published May 19th 2020 by Berkley
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite romance read of the year. It came at the second place throughout the voting on goodreads choice awards. But my thoughts haven’t changed! I loved it so so so much!💞💞💞💞

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,
Emily May
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arc, romance
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.

I really needed this book. I didn't realize how much I needed it until I was giggling along with all the awkwardness and banter and feeling like I'd been taken away from the dark, dreariness of this lockdown. It's exactly what it seems to be: a very cute, sweet romance.

Beach Read is a warm, summery story about a romance writer (January Andrews)
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-favorites
ohhhh my,,,this was a goddamn delight :)

i know, i’m surprised too, another romance book that i loved? unheard of. tbh, i can’t even really explain my change of heart. maybe the turbulence of the year 2020 has softened me to the idea of cliche tropes and consistent Happily Ever Afters, maybe i’ve always been a squishy-hearted romantic in denial, or maybe i’m just finally learning how to pick titles that tickle my fancy...but i’m not really that invested in justifying my newfound love of literary
Jan 17, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Edited to add: You can read about my next book here:

I wrote this book because I wanted to do something fun but I still ended up making myself cry, so what's new?
chai ♡
therapy: expensive

reading this romance between an author with writer's block and her gravedigger-turned-best-selling-novelist college rival/unfortunate crush/next-door neighbor, and fill the void that is (the lack of) your love life: considerably less expensive
Claudia Ramírez
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was a fun read, but just that. At least for me. I read the synopsis and I was so excited, it sounded like a romance I NEEDED to read. I mean, the main characters are both authors that write totally opposite genres and they develop sort of a enemies to lovers relationship? I WAS SO IN. But sadly, I found it a little boring.

I may be the exception here. I've only read GREAT reviews for this one. Maybe it is because I'm not that into romance stories? SURE, I love romance IN my stories, just not
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 10/14/20: nothing compares 2 (jan)u(ary + gus)

Original read 3/25/20: Easily my favorite book of the year so far. I just finished it and I already want to do a re-read to spend some more time with January and Gus. MY HEART. This book was equal parts swooney and grumbley while also being SO self-aware and I loved every little bit of it. Plus, the banter in this was *chef's kiss* PERFECTION. 10/10 do recommend

TW: suicide, death of a parent, adultery, cancer
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: love story junkies
“I’ve never met someone who is so perfectly my favorite person.”

I picked up Beach Read on a whim, looking for a fun distraction to while away the day and found a couple my heart won’t soon forget. Deeply moving and perfectly paced, Beach Read is a love story riddled with infectiously snarky banter hiding behind a somewhat ironic title. This emotionally adept read was everything I didn’t know I needed at this very moment.

Utilizing her engaging and clever wordplay, Emily Henry brings readers i
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
i need new letters to create new words because love is too small to encompass everything i am feeling about this book.

i have always enjoyed EHs diverse writing, but i think she has really come into her own with this story. there is so much i love about this, i really have no idea where to begin. the clever humour? the crackling chemistry between the two MCs? the tenderness with which heavy topics are discussed? the ease that i devoured the writing? the way i fell absolutely head over heels in lo
this full review is now POSTED on my blog, and no i'm not entering a stage of emily henry withdrawal! what! who said that!

here it is!


rereading out of jealousy for everyone who gets to read this for the first time


Everybody knows I love Emily Henry.

Like, it’s probably gotten to the point that people who don’t know anything about me or read my reviews know that. Probably the people who do all they can to avoid my crossing their digital path
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Don't let the cover and blurb fool you...

This ain't stereotypical chick-lit.

And before anyone gets their feathers all ruffled at my use of the term "chick-lit"....calm down. I actually picked this out as one of my Book of the Month picks this April because I thought it was chick-lit. And, if you have read my reviews or followed me for any length of time, this would surprise you as I have traditionally NEVER been drawn to those kinds of books.

Nothing against them, they just never interested me.
chan ☆
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
let's play a game of "guess that star rating" before i post my vlog on sunday



mediocrity, thy name is (most, popular) traditionally published romance
5 stars

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Beach Read was my first Emily Henry book and I was blown away. Don't let the cover fool you, this isn't some light and fun chick lit story. It's a beautiful romance that has a lot of depth and emotion and I couldn't have loved it more.

January and Gus are both published authors in neighboring beach homes. January just got to her late father's beach house and has a lot of questions. Her recent life events have put her in a bit of a funk when it comes to writing the romance she normally
5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

Hands down, this is the best rom-com-that-is-not-exactly-rom-com novel I’ve read (but anyway, I don’t really have experience with the genre).

But, I have to say this because it is true. This book slaps.

I’ve heard so many things about it, I’ve also read so many good reviews and then I just had to get it. And immediately after I got it I dug into it and it felt right.

Beach Read is not exactly the typical rom-com…and maybe it isn’t rom-com at all
I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would, and that makes me sad. I had this as a five star prediction, one of my most anticipated of the year because this premise sounds PERFECT to me. I love books that follow writers, and I love the idea of two writers swapping genres and competing to sell their book first and have a kind of hate to love vibe but also being really cute still. When I started reading this I was certain it was going to be a five star read, and trust me no one is as bum ...more
Miranda Reads

OHMYGOSH. Goodreads Choice Nominees are in and My Reaction Video is up! Don't forget to vote!
The Written Review

January Andrews is a romance writer through-and-through. She loves crafting unlikely duos, adorable meet-cutes and happy endings.

Augustus Everett is a serious, literary writer from head-to-toe. He loves delving into criminal mindsets, conducting incredible plot twists and killing off all his characters at the end.

January and Augustus went to the same college and a rivalry spa
✨ A ✨
My only regret is not having read this on the beach outside my cute beach house next to my sexy writing partner slash college rival. Oh wait...

‘As different as I’d thought we were, it felt a little bit like Gus and I were two aliens who’d stumbled into each other on Earth only to discover we shared a native language.’

January Andrews is a Best Selling romance author. Augustus ‘Gus’ Everett is a popular literary fiction author. Old college rivals, the two of them are neighbours for the summer.

May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I did not expect to love this book as much as I did but woww
Whitney Atkinson
4.5 stars

nothin' like crying on my balcony at the last 30 pages of this. wow i loved it!

beach read is a bit misleading with its title and cover because what i thought was going to be a light and angsty summer read actually contained a lot of depth and thoughtfulness and heartache. i was able to shift gears and embrace that, and it made this book and the relationship that bloomed within it that much more special. i loved the writing style and the main character's thought process and her slow evol
Mary S. R.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics and aromantics all
Hi my name is Wistful Mush cause this book made me woefully wish I wasn’t such a loveless aromantic—how dare you. Books like this should be outlawed so please stop publishing this...illegal substance.

He fit so perfectly into the love story I’d imagined for myself that I mistook him for the love of my life.

Beach Read is so much more than the romcom break I’d been craving in the rapid fire twists of 2020 (which is starting to feel like the first installment in a badly written dystopian slash p
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2020
TW: death of a parent, cancer, cults

I thought I was going to enjoy this book but did not expect how head over heels I would fall in love with it. This features so many tropes I love wrapped into one: rivals to lovers who knew each other in college so it has the flavor of second chance romance. Not only was the romance and banter top notch, the book also managed to cover grief, loneliness, and female best friendship masterfully. While being peak romance, the story also managed to feel grounded an
Melissa ~ Bantering Books
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Good grief! What is wrong with me?!?! I've tried writing this review twice now and can't seem to express my thoughts properly. So, I will try it again . . . a third time . . . from scratch.

Hmm. Let's hope I'm not suffering from my own case of writer's block, similar to that of January and Gus, the two main protagonists in Emily Henry's new novel, Beach Read.

Darn you, Beach Read! You better not have jinxed me!

Totally kidding, of co
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well then.
I’m out of tears.
The hype was super real. It didn’t end up being a 4-star read. It ended up becoming one of my favourite stories ever instead.

I implore you to discover it for yourself.

I’m going to be irritated if this ends up being a 4-star read. 🙂
David Putnam
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Breeze, easy read. Loved it. A perfect book after reading the wonderfully intense The Painter. Beach Read meant a little more to me, I met my wife in a read and critique group twenty-five years ago where I was reading my first manuscript. Beach Read has a complex set up or conflict, which is done with verve and an economy of words. There is a big coincidence in the beginning to make the story work, but I got through it fine. The two main characters switch roles, one writes literary fiction and t ...more
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
A Beach Read without the Sap and Cheese!

Beach Read is about two competing writers who take on the challenge of swapping writing their respective genres, and, in the process, fall in love.

WARNING: For those interested in reading a light and fluffy beach read, this is not that book. The title is slightly deceptive. By weaving in some heavy topics, including abandonment, grief, and loss, Emily Henry explores the depths of different genres and pushes past the assumptions and stereotypes assoc
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
5 stars

This book restored my faith in traditionally published romances and grumpy heroes who are not jerks. Or maybe it was just a lovely exception.

Anyway, beach read was the book that warmed my heart, put a smile on my face, and made my life a little bit better. A cute sweet summery story that made me feel everything. It made me smile like a fool and swoon like a teenager.

Gus has officially made his way to my book boyfriend’s list. He’s just so....*struggling to describe how -broody but so swe
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
*yawn* I'm really sad I wasted my time on this romance that was completely overhyped, in my opinion.

I can't really describe what turned me off from this story, but I just could not get into January and Augustus' budding relationship as they both make a bet and write stories that are out of their comfort zone but ended up being stories that match the same structure as their previously published books. The stories they wrote took up a decent chunk of the plotline, in terms of research, and I just
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it

We need to talk about marketing in the book world.

Between the bright, illustrated cover and the media packages for Beach Read hyping how much of a “fun”, “upbeat” summer romance this is, many readers are going to be led astray here.

They’re going to get 75% into the book and think to themselves, “This entire story is set in a beach house and the one time these two assholes actually go swimming is in a pool?!”

Seriously, I think they only went down to the beach together twice in this entire book, s
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First Time: *****
Second Time: *****

First Review of the book by reading the hardcover book.
This book is about two writers (January and Gus) that is having a writer's block who fall in love with each other. I really loved this book, and it was everything I needed right now. This book I would not say it was a total romance because most of the book is mostly about January and Gus finding themselves while they fall for each other.

This was my April book of the month book (
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
3.75 Stars


I’m NOT like OBSESSIVELY CRAZY about it. To be honest, I felt connected and disconnected to this book at the same time. Is that possible? (Don’t blame the cover!)

Two writers agree to spend the summer together competing on a challenge (where one has to write a book in the genre the other specializes in) as an attempt to get out of their writer’s block.

Themes & Tropes: college rival turned next door neighbor, grumpy/sunshine main leads, small town settin
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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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