Why don’t I read rom-coms more often?
I’m so happy that I decided to listen to many glowing reviews of «Beach Read» and request it on NetGalley! Guys, if you haven’t read this book yet, make sure to pick it up this summer. It’s such a fast-paced and funny book, that will make you feel the whole spectrum of emotions.
For a while now I have been avoiding romances and women’s fiction only because a couple of last books in these genres I read last year were nothing special, and after finishing them I always wished I’d spent my time reading something else instead. But «Beach Read» by Emily Henry is a must-read book for every book lover out there, even if romance is not your favorite genre.
January is a hopeless romantic who likes narrating her life as if she’s the heroine in a blockbuster movie.
Augustus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.
January and Augustus are not going to get on.
But they actually have more in common than you’d think:
They’re both broke.
They’ve got crippling writer’s block.
They need to write bestsellers before the end of the summer.
The result? A bet to see who can get their book published first.
The catch? They have to swap genres.
The risk? In telling each other’s stories, their worlds might be changed entirely…
Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Books UK for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.
January and August are both published authors, both have readers that love the stories they come up with. While January wants her readers to feel the love and hope of new beginnings, writing romances and happy endings, Augustus is a complete opposite. He prefers to dwell in literary fiction, exploring the depth of human darkest emotions.
At first glance, the two of them are complete opposites. So when they strike a deal to write something in each others’ genres, it seems almost impossible for them to come up with anything decent.
1 – Every single review I read on Goodreads mentioned the hilarious banter between January and Gus, and OMG! it made me giggle and laugh out loud so many times! After reading only a couple of chapters, I wanted to be January, I wanted to have her skill of wittiness and I wanted to be able to deliver the punch lines she did. She basically became my idol.
Honestly, I would have picked this book up just for the funny (if sometimes a little bit cheesy) lines and the opportunity to immerse myself in the story, laughing with and at the characters.
I hope Emily Henry writes more romcoms. I will definitely read whatever she publishes next.
2 – If the “funny banter” part hasn’t convinced you yet to pick this book up, don’t worry! There are plenty of other positive things to mention about «Beach Read». The first of them is the insight into authors’ work. Both of the main characters are writers. And the major plot point is their challenge / competition to write in unfamiliar to them genres. So of course, there is A LOT of inside information on how it all works, which I found absolutely fascinating. I’ve never wanted to be an author, but just reading about January’s writing progress made me kinda wish I was a writer 😀
3 – «Beach Read» is not just a romcom. It talks about so many different subjects – cancer, family, father and daughter relationship, trust, trauma, etc. I loved how well we got to know January and Augustus, and honestly, I couldn’t get enough of them! They were both individually interesting, and then their friendship elevated the story to a new level.
Even the sex scenes were adorably dorky (and steamy) and I just loved how much tension there were.
The first thought I had after finishing it was “This book was just perfect!”. Exactly what I needed to get myself away from the sticky paws of the reading slump and get excited about reading again. SPOILER: «Beach Read» will definitely be in my top favorites of this year! ❤
If you haven’t read this book, please do! It’s incredible! And if you did, let’s chat in the comments below!