Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

Here’s my take on Beach Read by Emily Henry.

Front Cover - Beach Read by Emily Henry


January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she’s the lead in a blockbuster movie.
Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.

But January and Gus have more in common than you’d think:

They’re both broke.
They’ve got crippling writer’s block.
And they need to write bestsellers before summer ends.

The result? A bet to swap genres and see who gets published first.
The risk? In telling each other’s stories, their worlds might be changed entirely…


After being broke and broken, January Andrews moves to the beach house inherited from her dead father. Her father’s death, her father’s infidelity, and her breakup from a long-term relationship make her lose faith in love and happily-ever-afters. When she meets her neighbor, Augustus, who also happens to be her collegemate things turn tricky and competitive. To keep the upper hand, January and Augustus – both writers – strike a deal to overcome their writer’s block. Will they overcome their writer’s block? Will these nemeses turn into friends or maybe lovers? Through all the drama, friendship, love, and heartbreak will January ever find her happy ending? Will Augustus ever believe in happy endings? Read the book to know everything and more.

Coming to the review, Beach Read by Emily Henry is a beautiful book that takes you on the journey of romance and forgiveness. To start with the title of the book, it gives a clear suggestion of what’d come ahead in the book. The book is based on the North Bear Shore (fictional place), situated on the banks of river Michigan; therefore, the title is appropriate for the book.

The cover of the book is simple and cute.

The writing flows well and is breezy to read, and the vocabulary used in the book is easily graspable.

“If you think the story has a sad ending, it’s because it’s not over yet.”

January is witty, smart, funny, and most importantly a Princess waiting for her happily ever after, as she believes that love can heal anything and happy endings are real. She is like any other girl and hence her character is relatable. She cries when she is emotional or angry. She embarrasses herself easily. But the best thing about her is that she never gives up.

However, when life throws some lemons at her she stands clueless, not knowing what to do with them. She has always been surrounded by love and laughter. Even when her mother was diagnosed with cancer, love is all she has seen in her home, which played a huge role in her being a romance writer.

“And that was the moment I realized: when the world felt dark and scary, love could whisk you off to go dancing; laughter could take some of the pain away; beauty could punch holes in your fear. I decided then that my life would be full of all three.”

The first few chapters deal with January accepting the reality of things. Kudos to Emily Henry for portraying the struggle and journey beautifully.

Gus is our mysterious handsome hunk. When January and Augustus meet the witty banter between them is hilarious and gluing.

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The romance in Beach Read is steamy and makes you want more.

The character development of January and Augustus is done amazingly. The journey of January from losing faith in love to getting a happy ending is something that made my heart swoon. The book made me believe that happily ever afters is overrated, we should aim for happily for now.

“Here’s the thing about writing Happily Ever Afters: it helps if you believe in them.”

Emily Henry has done an amazing job in giving importance to the minor characters as well.

The best part about the book is that it tells that people are human and it’s okay for them to make mistakes. I like how the book focuses on mistakes and forgiveness. This definitely left me fresh.

“People were complicated. They weren’t math problems; they were collections of feelings and decisions and dumb luck.”

I would like to give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

At some point, the book becomes too cliché and predictable. It kind of has the same old theme – the female protagonist recently has her breakup which makes her rethink about love and a male protagonist who has a dark past. Same old nemesis turning into lovers. In fact, I was looking for two strangers falling in love. Exploring each other.

Most of the story in the book was research for the book in the story (inception?), especially the cult part which I think is overstretched.

Personal note: The author should have made Augustus wear Tuxedo at some point in the book. I was so eagerly waiting for the scene to turn up in the book. 😉


If you are a big fan of romance or are going through a reader’s block pick this book. If you love everything cliché in a book Beach Read is for you. If you love a Dark and Mysterious Hero waiting for the heroine to win his heart then this book is for you. It is definitely a one-time read. I’m glad I stumbled upon Beach Read by Emily Henry and hopefully, you will be glad too.

Ending the review with some wonderful lines from the book. Since the book has so many beautiful lines I choose something relevant to the theme of the book.

“Love, after all, was often made not of shiny things but practical ones. Ones that grew old and rusted only to be repaired and polished.”

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