I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
❥ The plot
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.
Beach Read has kinda been everywhere for the past few weeks. People have been waiting for it, those with an ARC have been raving about it and tons of blog posts, Instagram posts or tweets have been dedicated to it. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy by the amazing team over at Penguin, and that’s why I’ll be talking about it today.
I am not the biggest romance fan. I’ve been slowly getting back into the genre, but it’s still hard for me to find one I’ll end up loving to death. Beach Read was for me a solid 3.5 stars, meaning I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
To be fair I don’t have anything negative to say about it. It was sweet and funny, deep at some points even, and the only reason it didn’t get a higher rating was because it didn’t necessary speak to me, without it meaning anything bad. Some books make your soul shines, others simply are and that’s what Beach Read was for me: a sweet book, without it being my favourite of all time.
I wish I would have read it during the summer time because it must be the perfect book to take with you, drum rolls please, at the beach. It’s light without it being deprived of anything sad or serious, fun and engaging. I mostly read it in one setting because it was so easy to read.
The characters were interesting and the story like I have never seen before. If you are a writer yourself, you may find yourself in our two main characters.
Overall Beach Read was everything you expect of from a romance: it’ll keep you entertained through the whole story, you won’t be able to put it down and you’ll most definitely swoon over everything happening.
This book is already out.
❥ Where to buy it