Also by this author: People We Meet on Vacation
Published by Berkley on May 19, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Smalltown Romance, Second Chance
Format: eARC
Source: Berkley, Netgalley
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Narrator: Julia Whelan
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
Cliffhanger: No


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.


by Emily Henry

Man. This book is special. The characters are special. I’m blown away.
When I saw the high ratings for THE BEACH READ I was cautious as I always am with early review but they are all true! This author has enormous talent. There were beautiful lines like. …. and. … and other times I was laughing and giggling. Other times I’d swoon over Gus or my heart broke for him and January. This story has everything you want in a book.

Gus is the glass half empty kind of guy and his insecurities make him feel so real. His whole life, his childhood, his college and adult years people failed him.
January is the opposite. She is the romantic type who witnessed her parents’ marriage and thought it was perfect until she learns that her sweet, bookish dad cheated on her mom. With him having passed away, she’s unable to ask the question she has a right to know about. Angry and sad, she flees to the country to find solace and peace.

Both January and Gus are writers and for the first time I realized how painful writer’s block must be. When your creative outlet is hampered by emotional baggage. While they try to find back into the groove they start to spend time together. after their rocky start they find they have more in common than they first thought.

As different as I’d thought we were, it felt a little bit like Gus and I were two aliens who’d stumbled into each other on Earth only to discover we shared a native language.

I loved their beginnings, there were a lot of laugh-out-loud funny scenes I adored. And as Gus and January’s emotional bond grew I was so firmly in their corner that I felt every heartbreak they went through. I loved them so hard – these two gave me all the feels.

The notes they wrote to each other and their clever banter were an endless source of laughter and swoons.

The message was ironic. The butterflies in my chest were not. I pushed the box onto the table and grabbed my notebook, scribbling in it. I held the note up.
New phone who dis

This story deserves every praise it’s getting. I had so much fun reading it. I am super excited to have found a new author whose writing is everything I look for in stories. This was absolutely heartwarming and beautiful.

“I do, you know,” he said. It was almost a whisper, a tender, rugged thing like Gus himself. “Care about you.”


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