Title: Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Hello! Today’s post is centred around my thoughts on Beach Read by Emily Henry! Firstly, I’d like to say that Emily is an amazing writer so anytime I review a book of hers, its bound to be five stars! Her books are always have deep and complex characters that feel so real, unlike some books where the characters are 2D.
Here’s a lil snippet:
“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.”
I always like to start my reviews with my thoughts on the characters so here we go! First off, January was so well written and I loved her inside and out. She was so complex and I loved her insight on the world! You could say that I could be deemed a ‘fairy-princess’ like Gus said she was and I would perfectly be okay with that! I related so much to January, although I haven’t experienced grief like her, the rest of her personality describes me perfectly. Overthinker? Me. Romantic? Me.
On the other hand, Gus was everything I needed to be. He was so easy to fall in love with as his character was so real! Although he was cynical and hated love, it was much more realistic than other books where love is the centrepiece of the character. Plus, his moody-dark yet charismatic personality is something I would fall for in real life (whoops!). His depth was so beautiful!
Although the synopsis of this book pins it as a fast, light-hearted romance, its definitely far from that. January has just lost her father, broken up with her long-term boyfriend, has writers block and moved into the secret house her late-father had with his mistress. Enter Gus, a long-time college rival who is also struggling with writers block. They strike up a deal and offer to trade genres, January writes a cynical fiction novel and Gus has to write a rom-com and this story is so beautiful. AMAZING! I was so amazed with how to plot of this romance novel, wasn’t romance centred! The exploration of grief within Beach Read was so accurate and well-written and really pulled at my heartstrings through Gus’s past and present trauma and January’s struggle with coming to terms with untold secrets.
Beach Read is a captivating story from beginning to end! I couldn’t put down this book. I actually nearly devoured the pages (I might of even accidentally licked my book!), I couldn’t stop reading January and Gus’ growing attraction, their struggles to open up and their fear on getting hurt.
Overall, this is a romantic novel about acceptance, forgiveness and second chances and I am totally in love with it.
Please let me know your thoughts on Beach Read! Thank you for reading ❤