Beach Reads – Book Review

Title:- Beach Read

Author:- Emily Henry

Date published:- May 18th 2020

No. of pages:- 363 pages

Genre:- Romance


Writing:- 3/5

Plot:- 3/5

Overall:- 3/5

January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she’s the lead in a blockbuster movie.

Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.

But January and Gus have more in common than you’d think:

They’re both broke.
They’ve got crippling writer’s block.
And they need to write bestsellers before summer ends.

The result? A bet to swap genres and see who gets published first.
The risk? In telling each other’s stories, their worlds might be changed entirely…

Set over one sizzling summer, Beach Read is a witty love story that will make you laugh a lot, cry a little and fall head over heels. For fans of The Flat Share and If I Never Met You.

So the Instagram posts and Tiktok made Beach Reads by Emily Henry turn to be a sensation. So I bought this book, hearing so many raving reviews about this book.

Unfortunately, I might be one of those few people who did not really enjoy reading this book. Maybe my review might be an unpopular opinion.

January is a hopeless romantic and Gus is a serious dude who thinks romances are fairy tale. The two start being next door neighbors when January inherits a beach house from her father. Eventually, the two make a deal–they are both suffering from writer’s block and needed to come up with bestsellers. And they swap genres with each other. Then comes the story.

This is an enemy to lovers trope. The book started out slow although I did enjoy the chemistry between Gus and January. Ir was also slightly boring in my opinion that I found myself just skimming through the pages. As a person who does not DNF, I was determined to read this book, and so I kept on reading. I do like the whole community setting in the small town and the fact that January meets her father’s lover that was actually the interesting part. The ending was of course very predictable but then nonetheless, overall, it was just as if I was watching a Hallmark Soap Opera drama with a very predictable ending. Overall, the book worth 3 stars.

However, even though I didn’t really enjoy this book, I will read her other two books and see how it goes.

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, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. Find her on Instagram @EmilyHenryWrites.

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