Beach Read - Emily Henry

Beach Read

By Emily Henry

  • Release Date: 2020-05-19
  • Genre: Romantic Comedy
Score: 4.5
From 1,326 Ratings



“Original, sparkling bright, and layered with feeling.”—Sally Thorne, author of The Hating Game

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.


  • I cried!

    By dianadaveli
    excellent book
  • Well Done

    By The_Condor
    Not my usual genre; but it’s been one of those rare years that HEA feels very nurturing and important. Now off to read her new book.
  • Havent read such a good book in a while

    By Melikesthisappawesomesauce
    After the unhoneymooners I was on the hunt for a good satisfying book and this definitely hit the spot!!
  • Heartbroken that it had to end

    By breawnam
    Beach Read is the first book i’ve read in two years, I bought it not knowing at all what it was about or if I would even finish it but I read the entire thing in under 16 hours (including my four hour break to sleep). This book is an easy read yet incredibly fulfilling. If I can find another book that made me feel the way Beach Read did I will be shocked.
  • Enjoyable!

    By Kbra13
    My book club buddies recommended this for me to read while I was on vacation. I was literally on the beach when I read most of this. I liked that this wasn’t the typical romance novel. I liked the way the relationships developed. The descriptions of the local culture put me right there. I enjoyed the story about the writing process. This was really fun.
  • A Welcome Surpris

    By Ashes ♥
    When I first read the summary, I wasn’t so sure about this book, but when I started, I couldn’t stop. Not only did I fall in love with the characters, but the story itself. It’s unlike any other romance book I’ve read in the best of ways. There’s so much depth and a beating, aching heart amongst the laughter. Instead of rose-colored glasses, it offers hope amongst believable stories. Loved every second.
  • Original

    By Daniela_Reel
    It was a fun rom-com of not happily ever after, but happy with what you have in front of you and the twists in life that make love interesting.
  • LOVED this book!

    By BrennaStew
    I loved these characters and their sense of humor. This was a great story from beginning to end!
  • Refreshingly honest

    By smayflower
    Unexpectedly good, worth your time — and it will go by fast at that
  • Beach Read...

    By Alexkaitlin
    Wouldn’t want to read this on the beach. Takes a while to actually become engaged in the story and then it’ll lag again. A decent love story/ decent characters. Not terrible but definitely not the best.