It’s no secret that I do a lot of reading and quarantine has definitely given me the extra time to fly through a large chunk of books in my TBR pile (38 so far this year if we’re being specific). But, August, man. I don’t know what it was, but I couldn’t read a book to save my life. I was in a major slump and started multiple books, only to put them down after only getting a few pages in and never picking them back up. At first, I was frustrated but kicked myself out of the self negativity. They’re just books, who cares if you read 0 or 10 in one month, right!? So instead I spent the entire month binging Netflix, scrolling through my phone, and being a couch potato.
Even though I was in a slump, I did end up finishing one book in August, Beach Read, and I absolutely adored it.
BEACH READ BY EMILY HENRY
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
My Review: This one seemed like it would be your average light-hearted rom-com beach read, but it reads almost as women’s fiction, with a side of romance. After her father dies, January Andrews finds herself broke, experiencing major writers block, and living in the secret house her father owned on the beach. Next door, Augustus Everett finds himself in a similar situation as January and although the two are polar opposites, they decide to strike up a deal. January is to write the next great American novel, August is to write something happy. The friendly competition and the relationship that develops from it as the two try to get out of their writing funk and face the not-so-great parts of being an adult pulled me into this book and I couldn’t put it down. Emily Henry did a wonderful job of making her book feel as real life as it gets and I loved that she didn’t romanticize the book writing process like so many books typically do.
My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What have you read lately?