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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Binge-watched Normal People and Love Is Blind and now looking to escape into another suitably steamy love story? Look no further....

Two writers, one holiday. A romcom waiting to happen....

January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she's the lead in a blockbuster movie.

Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.

But January and Gus have more in common than you'd think:

They're both broke.

They've got crippling writer's block.

And they need to write best sellers before summer ends.

The result? A bet to swap genres and see who gets published first.

The risk? In telling each other's stories, their worlds might be changed entirely....

Set over one sizzling summer, Beach Read is a witty love story that will make you laugh a lot, cry a little and fall head over heels. For fans of The Flat Share and If I Never Met You.

©2020 Emily Henry (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"The hottest book of the summer." (Josie Silver, author of best-selling One Day in December)

"The perfect escapist romp." (Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop)

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Not what I expected - loved it

The book grabbed me from the first chapter and couldn’t stop listening.

The story line was good and the characters were well written and the banter between them was smart.

If you want a book that’s an easy read with a good story then give this a go!

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Funny, romancey and an easy read

I really enjoyed listening. I felt I could relate to January and it make you want to write 😊

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Loved it

I enjoyed listening to the narrator, very nice tone to her voice. I listened as I read along with the physical book. Would listen to it again, one day!

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I loved it!

This was the first book I've read by Emily Henry and I loved it. For the most part it’s a light read with lots of laugh out loud funny moments, mostly due to the hilarious witty banter between January and Gus. With the wonderful and well written storyline plus the amazing narrating talent of Julia Whelan this is one book that you won’t want to miss!

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Beach Read

Just read it. Seriously, buy it and listen to it and get past the first chapter or two and then dissolve in it. Give it a chance and in return it will give you more than you expected, as books should 🔆🧡

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Good fun

The narrator really brings January to life. I listen to audiobooks while I drive and this has been one of my faves. Fun without being trashy, engaging with a solid character-driven core, and familiar without being predictable.

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Two things.

Excellent humor and beautiful writing. I laughed constantly.
Mrs Emily, I will be back for more.

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ok if you like romance

I didn't really think there was much to the story. I wouldn't recommend to a friend, as found myself losing concentration easily as the content was a bit boring.

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Read this book!

This is certainly one of my favourite leisure time fiction books. Not sure what else to add that the many fans on Good Reads haven't already praised this book for. A thoroughly enjoyable read, from several different points of view. Great mix between some serious themes and the amazing romantic chemistry between the characters.
The narrator does a great job bringing it all to life as well.

Much recommended.

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  • 10-04-22

Loved it

Surprising depth in a somewhat predictable story. This is not just a read for the beach!

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  • gwyndolin
  • 24-10-21

I wish I liked this

I am so sad that I disagree with everyone on this one. I just was so bored halfway through I couldn't finish it. I didn't care about the characters. It started off strongly but their relationship was so tepid and the conflict was so forced.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-20

Finished it in a day

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Great read
Didn't feel like a typical romance
Funny
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Going into this I had wanted a cosy escape and this book delivered while still having elements that brought depth to the story and characters. It's my first time reading this author.

The book is funny and sweet which is exactly what I wanted but also had elements of family issues, dealing with struggles and exploring friendship that made the story interesting, but didn't dwell on them in a way that would get you down. These were the elements that gave you insight into the characters rather than being the focus point.

I will say there is one single cringey line in the book. When you do read the book you will spot it (hint: something about a bunny). But other than that single line it was lovely!