This book spoke to me. Like I am infatuated with this story. I need to own a physical copy now so that I can hug it every once in a while. It’s amazing.
This book is a friends to lovers trope, and I’m gonna be super honest here. I hate that trope. I have always been a firm believer that once you hit the friend zone, you can’t hit that romance space. I know that’s not true, but I’ve just never found a story where I’ve been convinced of the romance…UNTIL NOW.
I have fallen in love with Poppy and Alex. They are beautiful together. I enjoyed every single interaction between them. The story takes us on vacation with these two in the current timeline, and then takes us back in time to understand their previous 12 years of vacations and relationships. Reading the story of how these two met and how their friendship blossomed made this story amazing. The way the author chose to reveal things (and when) elevated this from a good to an absolutely outstanding story.
My favorite thing throughout this story was the banter that Alex and Poppy have. They made me laugh out loud over and over. And then my family is like, what’s funny. And I just can’t explain it because it’s an inside joke between Alex and Poppy (and me).
There is this amazing character journey for both characters really, and it really brought tears to my eyes as everything falls into place. I just cannot say enough good things about this book. It’s a must read!
Where to Find This Book:
Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
From theNew York Times bestselling author ofBeach Read comesa sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.
Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.
Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.
Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.
Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?
Just the Facts:
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Genre: Rom Com
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Books
Pub Date: May 11, 2021
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.