Title: Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit
First published: 2020
Edition: Kindle e-book (Penguin)
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.
I so wished I loved this as much as everyone else seems to. I really liked the sound of this, but for me the story fell a bit flat in places.
I liked our female lead January well enough, but male lead Gus left me completely cold. His actions too often baffled or annoyed me right up to the end. I just did not get him at all.
There are things I definitely liked, like the fact that both leads came with baggage and there was more to this story than simply the romance. The tension between our two leads was really well written in places, and I do love a bit of good tension!
Some of the side characters were really fun, but I felt they were a bit underutilized The overall writing was fine. I just felt that some things took too long to be wrapped up and then they were wrapped up in the blink of an eye.
So, yes, I have mixed feelings about this one. In the end it just left me a bit ‘meh’ and I doubt this is a romance that I will remember.
If you like the sound of this one, please do read it, because a lot of people absolutely love it. It just was not for me.
4 out of 7 stars