Book Review : Beach Read by Emily Henry

For the start, I do not favour much romance genre.

But I literally seen this book flying everywhere and ALWAYS with good, positive review.

Months ago, I read a romance book that I ended up liking more than I’ve ever expected. Probably that’s my one and only favourite romance novel I’ve ever love so far. I think it’s not a crime to give this book a go! Who knows it’ll be my next favourite?

Genre : Romance, Contemporary
Page : 361 pages
Published : 19th May 2020

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

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.

“If you think the story has a sad ending, it’s because it’s not over yet.”

I’m pretty excited to start this book because everyone is getting the hype!

Beach Read— January and Augustus, both famous writer, are currently living in the same neighbouring beach houses. Disagreeing with each other views of the world, they ended up striking a deal. January to write a gloomy book and Augustus with his happily ever after quest. And of course, no falling in love in between.

Here’s my first impression of the book BEFORE I started reading: funny, cute, light-reading, a little gloomy but mostly happy reading.

Those of you who have not read this book, please do not be fooled because this book is way more than a romance novel.

Because this book is actually: dark on the inside.

I’m pretty interested with the book once I started reading because it’s pretty funny sometimes but along side the fun story, lies a heart-broken truth about January.

I’m getting pumped up to know more of the story and I keep on reading. However, for the time being, the story stays in a static line for me. January adapting with her new life, being funny at times and back to being gloomy thinking of all the burden. Then, the next day, the cycle begins again.

It’s a bit flat, although the story did progress and I now understand more about January and she’s also made some friendly, decent progress with Augustus.

And here’s the part where I practically think : “where’s the romance? I’m ready to get giddy.” because there’s a difference between being friendly and being romantic. This friend status stayed for a while and out of nowhere, they started to feel interested with one another.

And how things progress from that point on.

Personally, I feel the beginning of their romance is a bit out of nowhere, but I enjoy it very much. I adore their bantering although I don’t totally understand what’s so funny or daring in their conversation half of the time, that get them lost in each other.

Reading their bantering moments or their conversation, I feel like third-wheeling the flirting couple. Because it’s like only them understanding and here I am, reading them in silence with utter confusion.

But I don’t care. I just love them to be together.

If there is one thing this book is good at, it’s this:

A  N  G  S  T

Because oh my god. The way this book made me feel. I feel so sorry for unfortunate events happened in the book. Moreover, when the book nearly reached the end. It just so heartfelt and oh my god, I could still feel my heart plummeting at the mention of this book.

Now, if anyone asked me, what’s the most unforgettable moment for this book, I will directly said, the ending. It left such a big impression on me and I love it to the moon and back.

Another thing that I love about this book, is how relatable all the issues are. It’s not a man-made issues, but it’s the kind of issues that are often faced in reality.

And here, we have our characters to faced them.

Another reason as to why you should read this book, is how good it is at delivering message. There are a lot of things to learn and if you’ve decided to read this book, then caution: you might have your ‘aww’ moment then ‘duh’-ing yourself with additional forehead slap because you’ve yet found your most favourite person. 


Anyway, here are some non-spoiler message to build up your interest in reading the book.


1. You can’t force yourself to be happy

Actually this is quite hard for me to write, because I’m in the process of discovering myself (if I ever will) and in the phase of taking everyone’s advice, trying not to disappoint others with my decision and possibly, my future life.

People around me wished me well and the best, guide me to be who I am today and still, guiding me to a possibly much better future. You know, to be the very best and successful version of myself.

And I did almost made it.

But I stopped myself, calling it quit because I’m not happy with my current state. And now, I’m in the process of re-discovering myself, which, I don’t think will ever be discovered and in the process of patching up my life.

This is the book, that include issues just like mine. You can make people happy and proud of you but if you are not happy yourself, then what for? There’s a high chance the thread might be loose .

2. You can never judge someone from their appearance

Because you can NEVER know the full picture of everyone’s story. Not everyone who has everything and look gradient might feel happy inside. Even people that looks and act cheerful enough to buy the sun, might be depressed inside.

You just never know, because people tend to hid their troubles and secrets away. Are they not? and show what people likes to see best.


As much as I love the story (and the ending), I personally do not think too highly of the book like anyone else. It’s a fairly okay read but not way over the top for me.

Truth to be told, as I’m writing this, I don’t remember much about the story.

But I do love January and Augustus! very much.

It’s not a light read like what I thought it is and it’s not that funny either. But I do laugh time to time reading this one because of January’s ridiculous comment. But again, it’s not way over the top for me.

The Beach Read is the kind of book that have a light premises with surprising dark back story within. As I read, the more complicated and sorrowful the story became.

But no matter what, I could never forget this ending and I could never forget January and Augustus. What they’ve went through, their struggles, their sorrow and their feelings.

I recommend this book to all of you who’re highly in need of a good, ugly sorrow feelings and angst.

“I’ve never met someone who is so perfectly my favorite person.”

Author: Celine

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