People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry | Berkley Publishing {Book Review}

{Thank you to Berkley Publishing for my gifted copy.}

People We Meet on Vacation

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry


Book Summary:

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a 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?

Publication Date:

May 11th, 2021


Contemporary Fiction/Romance

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My Review:

People We Meet on Vacation

I absolutely loved Emily Henry’s last novel, Beach Read, and have been excitedly awaiting this new release! Alex and Poppy are best friends, though things have always remained purely platonic. After meeting in college, they start taking an annual trip together, always on the cheap and spontaneous.

These two couldn’t be more different; Poppy, a free spirit, determined to see the world and never settle down, and Alex, who is as routined as routine can be. I enjoyed the timeline of the book- starting us off knowing that something went awry a few years ago, putting an end to their annual trips, and then taking us back one year at a time to each of their vacations.

People We Meet on Vacation

As clues start dropping that both may have wished for their relationship to take a different turn all along, the fear of losing their friendship is all too real.  I so appreciated that Poppy and Alex were both wonderfully complex, with their own vulnerabilities and imperfections which just made this story so much more layered as a whole.

People We Meet on Vacation is a wonderful take on the best friends to lovers trope and I just enjoyed it so much. It made me smile and it also made me tear up and know this will be one of my favorite contemporary romances of 2021!

Thank you to Berkley Publishing for my gifted copy.

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