Ummm, how did I get on the email list for this blog tour and how can I stay?
Title: People We Meet on Vacation
Author: Emily Henry
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: May 11th, 2021
Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
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?
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.
When I saw the email in my inbox to be a part of this blog tour, I couldn’t believe it! It was such a pleasure to read this book. Emily Henry has such a great way of adding incredible depth to her characters and stories. Beach Read last year was such a shining star in a bleak and sucky time. I didn’t think it was possible, but I may have enjoyed this even more…
Friends-to-lovers trope is one of my favorites because I love to see a strong bond turn into something more. This was not only a friends-to-lovers, but also an opposites attract. Poppy and Alex could not be more different, but they compliment each other so nicely and you can really see that as we follow them from college through their 20’s. Poppy was a firecracker free spirit who couldn’t be tied down by the constraints of school, but once she knew what she wanted to do in life, she worked extremely hard to build her brand and career. Alex was quiet, reserved, and basically lived in school, but when his mother died when he was young and his dad couldn’t hack it, he stepped up to be a pseudo-father to his three younger brothers.
As they got older, their type of relationship started to shift—it grew up with them. It was such a treat to slowly see how their relationship strengthened over their trips each summer. They didn’t have that romantic chemistry right off the bat, but their platonic chemistry was so on point, and it stayed that way throughout the entire book, no matter what their status was. I could read their banter all day long.
I would read Emily Henry’s grocery lists. If you loved Beach Read, People We Meet on Vacation will blow you away.
ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.