Note: It feels really strange to be posting normally during this incredibly emotional and important time. I’ve gone back and forth a lot on what, if anything, I should post and whether it’s my place to. I don’t want to take up space by talking and making noise when right now, I feel that I need to be listening. I don’t know what the right thing to do or say is—I’m still learning—but I started by highlighting some books and stories written by Black authors. You can find that post here. Black stories matter. Black lives matter.
Reading is always worth it to me. Reading is always special and always transports me to a new world and teaches me new things. But sometimes, I come across books that so perfectly capture every single thing that I want from a book—sometimes, I come across books that reminds me of why I love reading. Emily Henry’s new romantic comedy Beach Read is one of those books.
Today’s my stop on the blog tour for Beach Read and I need y’all to read this book ASAP. It’s fantastic. It hits all the right notes. Keep reading for my review of this delightful, earnest, and special book!
Beach Read follows January, a bestselling author of romantic comedies, and Augustus, an acclaimed author of literary fiction. Gus thinks January is a fairy princess who only writes happily-ever-afters, January thinks Gus writes Hemingway circle-jerk fanfiction (no, really, she says this and it’s every bit as hilarious as you’d imagine). At first glance, the only things that the two have in common are their alma mater and their writers’ block.
Beach Read delivers on its promise as an opposites-attract, enemies-to-lovers rom-com, but honestly, it feels like an oversimplification to say that this book is opposites-attract. It feels like an oversimplification to say that it’s a pessimist and optimist coming together, because this book is so much more than that, and Gus and January are so much more than that.
I felt such pure and immediate love for both January and Gus. They both endeared themselves to me so completely. Their banter was intoxicating—literally, it was intoxicating. I felt drunk and giddy reading their banter. Their chemistry was off-the-charts. I cannot stress how much I loved them together and loved each of them on their own.
I just absolutely adored this book. It had all of the core elements of a rom-com and executed them perfectly but it also featured emotional growth and depth to an extent that you don’t always get in rom-coms (and this is NOT to say that other rom-coms that don’t feature this type of emotional depth are less than, I’m just saying that it really added something here).
Beach Read is so special because it both values rom-coms and romance and also perfectly demonstrates the value of rom-coms and romance. As Gus tells January:
“When you love someone,” he said haltingly, “. . . you want to make this world look different for them. To give all the ugly stuff meaning, and amplify the good. That’s what you do. For your readers. For me. You make beautiful things, because you love the world, and maybe the world doesn’t always look how it does in your books, but . . . I think putting them out there, that changes the world a little bit. And the world can’t afford to lose that.”
Beach Read certainly changed my world a little bit and made my world brighter. And I hope it does the same for those of you that read it.
I cannot recommend Beach Read enough. It’s about romance and chemistry; it’s about grief and hope and all the myriad emotions that fill the space between. I loved every second of it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has not impacted or influenced my opinions.