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A heartwarming story that is perfect for summer. It features flawed characters and a realistic family dynamic. It's definitely a feel-good story and was such a delight to read.
'BEACH READ' is billed as a romance, and it is, but it is so much more than that.
It's sassy, it's sad, it's complicated, it's infuriating, it's premise is ORIGINAL while being predictable. It's light at the end of sadness, fear and tragedy.
There are not so many secondary characters that it's hard to know them, but we are able get to know them. I like that, especially when they are big players in the main characters lives.
". . . More of Dad saying things like, "Your mother has been a lot of people in the twenty years I've known her, and I've had the chance to fall in love with every single one of them, Janie. That's the key to marriage. You have to keep falling in love with each new version of each other, and it's the best feeling in the whole world."
The turn from really sassy to fairly dark was a bit jolting, but the remnant humor still mixed in makes it real and understandable to the story. I feel as if the (ahem) romance part was thrown in to earn 'BEACH READ' its 'romance' genre.
2.5 stars. the premise sounded good, but this didn't meet my expectations.
so much repetition: fingers running through hair, stomach dropping, hip gripping... it was okay, for a 'beach read.'
I don't read much romance but I like the premise of this book which is about the budding romance between two authors, one who is a literary author and the other who writes romances. That story line didn't let me down, it was fun and so was the adorable banter between the couple. Even though the story was good, the romance tropes started to bore me after awhile, but I think if you normally read and enjoy contemporary romance, you would probably really enjoy this book. It was charming in many ways.
The story features two authors who knew one another in graduate school. The heroine wrote romance with very happy endings and the hero wrote dark, literary novels with tragic endings. She disliked him because he said that her writing showed that she thought like a fairy-tale princess.
Fast forward several years. The pair coincidentally end up having lakeside beach houses next door to one another in a small town in Michigan. The heroine doesn’t want to like the hero because she loves her books and thinks he is arrogant and condescending.
I would call this a literary romance because the emotional difficulties experienced by the hero and the heroine are deeper and darker than one usually finds in a romance, and the writing style is more lyrical and poetic.
I loved this book about two published authors and college nemeses who make a bet to swap genres and see who will be the first to get his/her novel published. Actually, that is merely a sub-plot of this delightful book. The real plot is about a woman reeling from a family crisis who moves to her father's beach house to finish her long-awaited fifth(?) novel, only to find out she is living next door to her former college nemesis, who happens to also be a New York Times Bestselling author. Emily Henry has an obvious gift of writing and I really enjoyed the repartee between the two characters. The only grouse I have is that I feel like the last two chapters of the book needed a little help (I didn't like the way the h was portrayed or that the H actually contemplated taking back the woman who dumped him for his best man) and did not seem as well-written as the previous chapters. However, all in all, this was an extremely enjoyable and "unputdownable" book. I can't wait to read more books written by Emily Henry. Three hearty cheers!
A fun and insightful romantic comedy. Great for readers who are looking to get into the Romance genre.
I loved the witty banter between the main characters. It made me laugh out loud several times!
It's all there in the title...as advertised! This is a fun romcom that I wanted to do a little more reconciling the two authors styles and a little less swooning/pining. So much pining. But: FUN!
Review excerpt: "Opposites attract and a writer hero AND heroine? Oh, yes please. If I had any hesitation, it was that when you are pitting romance against literary fiction, even in jest, the genre that usually gets treated poorly is romance. But that didn’t happen here, and in fact, this book was both playful and thoughtful in its treatment of both genres and their purpose, and I found myself laughing out loud in delight at the banter. Having said that, this book isn’t all sweetness and light (Gus would never tolerate that) – finding yourself again after a great loss is a central theme of the story, and things get a bit angsty in the latter third or so of the book.
(I don’t want you to think it’s a downbeat story, however – in fact, it’s hands down the funniest book about grief that I have ever read, and the ending is pretty much perfect – definitely happy sigh and good book noise stuff.)
I want to acknowledge up front that this is a very, very smart book, and honestly, I wish it was coming out at a different time, because like many people, I’m having a lot of trouble focusing right now, and I’m not sure I’m capable of a proper critical review. So instead, let me tell you how I loved it. Because I really, really did."
I rated Beach Read by Emily Henry 3 stars. For one, the title of this book was unoriginal. It did not make me drawn to read this book. In addition, I find that I had a difficult time relating to the female character ( January). Also, the plot was very strange. After awhile I became bored with the field trips and thought that part of the book was just unnecessary fluff, however I did like the sarcastic banter back and forth between the two characters and the ending.
The awkwardness and banter helped with feeling like I'd been taken away from the dark, dreariness of self-isolation. 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, and a serious literary writer Augustus Everett, who have been long-time writing rivals ever since they attended college together. They find themselves in neighboring beach houses for the summer, each trying to write their next novel while sparing with each other. They are both struggling to write another book.
As they get to know each other a little better, they decide to strike a deal: Augustus will write a happily ever after and January will turn her talents to the serious world of literary fiction. Whoever sells their manuscript first, wins. I really enjoyed the dynamic between January and Gus. The banter is funny; a little snarky at times, but good-natured.
Beach Read fit nicely within my favorite reading genre - women's fic with romance, drama, wit, and swoon. Was it perfect? No. Was it perfect for me? For the most part.
Gus was my favorite type of hero and he was deliciously battered and jaded. I struggled a little more with January and I honestly couldn’t tell if it was the audio narrator’s interpretation or my own pickiness. She did seem to improve after I quit the audio, but that could be coincidental to where I was in the character’s story arc. There were some predictable elements to the romance, but it didn't negate the swoon factor that built to a crescendo in the middle of the second half. Major swoon. The author nailed the tender and sweet dialogue, descriptions, and sensuality between the two as they ventured from friends to more. The overall story weaved in and out of light and melodramatic, but with nicely written transitions that created a believable second chance romance.
It’s a romantic woman’s fiction book. Romance is at the center of it as a romance author flees to a small town on Lake Michigan to finish her novel. There she encounters another author. He’s male. He’s going be writing a romance and she’s going to be writing a pessimistic Great American novel. Their “research outings” sound a lot like dates and they are. Its an enjoyable summer book to read and has a little more depth than I was expecting.
A five-star ending with a two-star treatment of marriage. Truly, the end of the book is movie worthy and I could see it playing out on the screen with the audience having to blow their noses in their napkins. The witty banter was entertaining, but at times the momentum was very sluggish and for me the love scenes were too spicy. In the end I felt the weight of the infidelity in the plot and had to take back a couple of stars. Does January's father deserve some love and understanding? Sure, but he was cheating on his wife while she was in cancer treatment! Then January is "the other woman" in Gus's marriage. Sorry, but I won't personally be recommending this one for vacation reading this year.
This was a delightful romance and so much more than the stereotypical "beach read". January Andrews is a romance writer with a bad case of writers block - she doesn't believe in romance after discovering her father had an affair. While cleaning out her father's other house, January discovers that her neighbour is none other than her college nemesis, who is a "serious" writer. The two strike up a deal and reconnect, and January discovers that her so called nemesis might just be something more.
This was the perfect read. January and Gus were characterized so perfectly and their witty banter was to die for. This is the perfect rom-com with meat. If you liked The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, this one is for you.