Beach Read (Paperback)

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Beach Read (Paperback)


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“What do you get when you cross a disillusioned romance author with a Hemingway wannabe? A compulsively readable book where you kind of hope for your train to be delayed so you can spend a few more minutes with January and Gus. These two, saddled with writer’s block, make a pact to write the other’s genre. Literary snobbery is (rightfully) called out, and the two begin to navigate a friendship outside of writing as they explore the other’s process. Reader, I loved it.”
— Audrey Huang, Belmont Books, Belmont, MA

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I was late to the party on this one and I have no idea what I was doing! (Wait. Yes I do. I was reading fantasy.) Anyway... Beach Read is true to its title. It’s a fantastic weekend read that will keep you hooked and chuckling start to finish. Two authors who were college rivals now find themselves neighbors in a beachy Michigan town. One is an author of literary fiction that rarely leaves the audience in a "feel good" mood; the other has made a name for herself in romance and is all about "the feel good." January Andrews needs to finish her latest romance novel ASAP to get her editor and publisher off her back. The only problem is how to write about love when she doesn't believe in it anymore? Augustus Everett is working on his next page-turning deep thinker. His only problem is that he’s running out of inspiration, and the pressure to keep topping his last book is starting to wear on him. The only logical choice is for January and Gus to swap genres. Obviously, writing romance is a snap and who couldn’t be the next born again Steinbeck? They each have until the end of the summer to write their books and see who gets the better offer from their publishers, but they’ll need to work together to get a feel for each author’s chosen genre. January is broken and thinks Gus is a snob. Gus is guarded and knows January is unbearably naive. Nothing could go wrong. Again: Beach Read. Everything you need to know is in the title!

— Katie

January Andrews has always believed in happily ever afters. Between her parent’s perfect marriage and her adventure-seeking-doctor dream boyfriend, she has never had a reason not to believe in love and happy endings. That is until her father dies unexpectedly. January meets his mistress at the funeral, inherits his secret beach house on the shores of Lake Michigan, and her dream boyfriend dumps her soon after because he realizes he doesn’t like her if she isn’t her normally bubbly, fun-loving self. As a semi-famous romance author, this is not a great position to be in, with your publisher demanding you deliver your next romcom. Homeless and overwhelmed, January packs her car with her few belongings and a box of gin and heads to her father’s beach house to try to write a romance novel and try to learn a little more about the parts of her father she never knew existed.
Upon arriving, January discovers that her new neighbor is none other than her college rival, Augustus Everett, famed literary fiction writer and pretentious snob who too often scoffed at her fairy tale outlook when they were in school together. After much bickering and bookish name calling the two enter into a bet that is the crux of this book. To prove their writing chops once and for all, Gus will have to write a romance and January will have to write literary fiction and whoever’s book is picked up by a publisher first will win. The loser will have to publicly endorse the other’s book. A fate neither wants to concede to.
Beach Read follows their story as each attempts to teach the other about what they write. January takes Gus to a Meg Ryan movie marathon at the local drive-in, Gus takes January to interview former cult members (romantic, right?). Before they realize it, they have become close friends rapidly building to something more. All the while, the story of January’s father’s secret life is unfolding, and January learns that while love isn’t always perfect, that doesn’t mean it isn’t real.
I loved this book. It was equal parts funny, heartwarming, heart wrenching and lovely. A beautiful reminder that no one and nothing is perfect and that stories go much deeper than what you see on the surface. 10 out of 10.

— From Chelsea


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.
Emily Henry is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation and Beach Read. She studied creative writing at Hope College, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. Find her on Instagram @emilyhenrywrites.

Product Details ISBN: 9781984806734
ISBN-10: 1984806734
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: May 19th, 2020
Pages: 400
Language: English
“Once I started Beach Read I legit did not put it down.”Betches

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“Reader, I swooned! Beach Read is a breath of fresh air. My heart ached for January, and Gus is to die for—a steamy, smart and perceptive romance. I was engrossed!”—Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December

“This is a touching and heartfelt book about love, betrayal, grief, failure, and learning how to love again. I adored going along on Gus and January’s journey, and I closed this book with a satisfied sigh.”—Jasmine Guillory, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Proposal

“Beach Read
is original, sparkling bright, and layered with feeling. Has trying to see the world through your long time crush/rival’s eyes ever been this potent and poignant? If whipcrack banter and foggy sexual tension is your catnip, you’ll adore this book.”—Sally Thorne, USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine

“Beach Read
 is exactly the witty, charming, and swoony novel we always want; it also happens to be the unexpected wallop of emotional wisdom and sly social commentary we need right now. I adored it.”—Julia Whelan, author of My Oxford Year
[It] has everything the title promises—a romping plot, family secrets, and the thrill of falling in love, all set on the sweeping shores of eastern Lake Michigan. I cannot wait to read what Henry writes next.”—Amy E. Reichert, author The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go

“Delightfully romantic and slyly poignant, Beach Read is brimming with crackling banter and engrossing prose. It has every flavor of booklover catnip: rivalry, creative struggle, family secrets, and the sweet head-over-heels tumble into love. Emily Henry's Beach Read is 2020's perfect anywhere read.”—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners

“If you liked Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game and Linda Holmes’s Evvie Drake Starts Over, you will definitely be into this, which feels like their spawn. (No one asked me to say this, by the way. I’m just high on that happy-sad feeling of finishing a book I enjoyed, that I wish wasn’t over.) Well played.”—Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, bestselling authors of The Royal We

“Readers are sure to fall hard for this meta, heartfelt take on the romance genre.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A heartfelt look at taking second chances, in life and in love.”Kirkus Reviews

“This will still sweep readers off their feet. January’s first-person narration is suitably poetic and effervescent, the small-town beach setting is charming, and the romance is achingly swoony.”Booklist

“That Henry can manage to both pack a fierce emotional wallop and spear literary posturing in one go is a testament to her immense skill.”Entertainment Weekly