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Brought to you by Penguin.

Binge-watched Normal People and Love Is Blind and now looking to escape into another suitably steamy love story? Look no further....

Two writers, one holiday. A romcom waiting to happen....

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 best sellers 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....

Set over one sizzling summer, Beach Read is a witty love story that will make you laugh a lot, cry a little and fall head over heels. For fans of The Flat Share and If I Never Met You.

©2020 Emily Henry (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"The hottest book of the summer." (Josie Silver, author of best-selling One Day in December)

"The perfect escapist romp." (Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop)

What listeners say about Beach Read

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Flimsy plot in the garb of being oh-so-serious

I usually like romantic stories, but this was disappointing. Too shallow, didn’t lack substance (was trying too hard to have some substance), the plot was all over the place without a sense of any cohesion. I could change everything in the middle without impacting the beginning & the end.

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  • ar
  • 16-02-21

okayish

I wanted to read something light when I stumbled on this. The abstract seemed decent enough, although a little cliched, so I went ahead with it.

The story is about, January Andrews and Augustus Everett, 2 authors, with writer's block who, on a bet, decide to swap their genres in the hope that they might be rid of the said block. Oh and they promise to not fall in love with each other!

Narration by Julia Whelan is always amazing!! she brings whatever she reads, to life.

What I didn't like about the book-
1-very annoying, overthinking, female lead with a too rosy outlook of the world.
2- detailed description of every little thing that happens, and also very repitive.
3-random characters/plots which didn't add much

What was slightly tolerable-
1-the male lead- could've explored his character a little more to make it more interesting
2-the romance was decently described although that got repititive too.
3- got too cliched, especially the ending.

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A good read

The book is wonderfully light and loving and has 2 great lead characters. It revolves around writers with writer's block and their means of coping/way of dealing with it.
I loved the deeper meaning that Emily Henry tried to weave into the story and perhaps unintentionally guide a reader/listener out of their own creative block.

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such a beautiful book

it took the idea of a writer's block and explored so many themes. i did find myself not caring about the characters at times, but the ending tied up very nicely. I found myself tearing up towards the end and feeling what our protagonists were feeling. A very good read.

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Fast and easy read

The author built up the two main characters well and the book started out with some laughs . story is about the struggle in their life (both having writer's block) and relationships they were out of (dumped by their partners). also it was enjoyable to read their younger year interaction (they were at loggerheads). gradually as they interact and learn about each other's trade, something develops between them. nothing out of the blue, but a quick read at pace 1.3x. the narrator was good with voice modulation.

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A refreshing book

The author has the ability to draw you into her characters with her descriptive writing. A refreshing romantic novel.. great beach read indeed.

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Not just a regular rom-com but so much more

loved this book, did not expected it to be this good. Totally worth reading 😊

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Loved it ♥️

omg, I loved this book. I thought it would be a breezy romance chick-lit, but it was so much more than that. Loved the characters, so flawed and yet realistic. The friendship between January and Shorty/shawty was just pure heart. The narration was good, kept me completed transfixed to the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-20

Finished it in a day

On a nutshell:

Great read
Didn't feel like a typical romance
Funny
Depth in the characters


In more detail:
Going into this I had wanted a cosy escape and this book delivered while still having elements that brought depth to the story and characters. It's my first time reading this author.

The book is funny and sweet which is exactly what I wanted but also had elements of family issues, dealing with struggles and exploring friendship that made the story interesting, but didn't dwell on them in a way that would get you down. These were the elements that gave you insight into the characters rather than being the focus point.

I will say there is one single cringey line in the book. When you do read the book you will spot it (hint: something about a bunny). But other than that single line it was lovely!

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  • Mr. Ian Aldred
  • 21-05-21

Not what I expected - loved it

The book grabbed me from the first chapter and couldn’t stop listening.

The story line was good and the characters were well written and the banter between them was smart.

If you want a book that’s an easy read with a good story then give this a go!

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  • jaxslugsta
  • 19-02-21

Funny, romancey and an easy read

I really enjoyed listening. I felt I could relate to January and it make you want to write 😊

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  • Debs
  • 29-11-20

Loved it

I enjoyed listening to the narrator, very nice tone to her voice. I listened as I read along with the physical book. Would listen to it again, one day!

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  • Jill Kirtley
  • 25-06-20

I loved it!

This was the first book I've read by Emily Henry and I loved it. For the most part it’s a light read with lots of laugh out loud funny moments, mostly due to the hilarious witty banter between January and Gus. With the wonderful and well written storyline plus the amazing narrating talent of Julia Whelan this is one book that you won’t want to miss!

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  • Petya
  • 20-06-20

Beach Read

Just read it. Seriously, buy it and listen to it and get past the first chapter or two and then dissolve in it. Give it a chance and in return it will give you more than you expected, as books should 🔆🧡

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  • emsand
  • 22-06-21

I loved it!

This was so thoroughly enjoyable!
I loved the characters, and their conversations were relatable and funny. I laughed out loud more than once (something I usually don't do).

Wish I could unread it, just to be able to read it again. And again.
Performance was really good too.

Recommend!

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  • Edel Mc Mahon
  • 13-04-21

Boring! Don’t waste your time!

Writing and descriptions were basic. The sex scenes were cringy. Would not recommend! Actually listened to it at speed x2 so it would be over faster...
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  • Jacqueline Torr
  • 18-08-20

Very enjoyable

I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this when I first started listening - again I struggled a little with the American narrator. But was I got into it I found it an easy listen and a good story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-20

Awful stuff, brainless. Really predictable.

I thought it was really dull. Would be more suited to teenagers than adults.

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 21-07-20

Believe the hype

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy. I volunteered to leave an unbiased review.

I put this off a long time. But the hype just didn't die down. So I leapt into it. And I REALLY enjoyed it. The daddy issues were a both a bit much and a little on the nose for me (I have them and they are bad) but this was a whole lot of fun. My first read by this author and I'd recommend this for sure, especially to people who are dipping their toes into the woman's fiction/light romance genre. Gus and January were a lot of fun and at first I wished for a couple of chapters in Gus's POV, but now I've finished, I'm kinda glad I didn't get them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-20

Perfect beach read

I read this book while on holidays at the beach. Thoroughly enjoyed it! I found it to be a classic romantic comedy whilst at the same time it poked fun at the genre. While it didn’t take itself too seriously it was also deep, thoughtful, well written and very funny. Loved it :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-20

enjoyable book with flaws

I heavily enjoyed this book towards the last third.
once the characters expand past their love/hate trope it becomes a thoroughly enjoyable novel.

very well read too, characters and emotion are very believable.

in my opinion if you can past the middle act it's well worth it in the end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-21

Recommended

first time writing a review. Im a working mother of 3 kids. Listened to this book every chance I got and first book to make me cry. I loved the story.

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  • Rebecca Burrows
  • 19-06-21

Love it !!

Great story. Totally loved the book had me hooked from the start. Great narration also.
Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-06-21

Absolutely LOVED this book!!

What a beautifully written, gorgeous story of love, loss and forgiveness. Highly recommend this book!

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  • Jayltee
  • 14-06-21

Deeper than the name suggests

Multidimensional characters, cleverly hilarious banter and the depth to the story all contribute to making this a great listen. Loved it.

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  • Sandra C
  • 13-06-21

I might have found my new fave

This is my 2nd Emily Henry book. I always feel trepidation when I find a book I love (You and me on Vacation) then try another by the author with fingers crossed that the first one wasn't a fluke.
1 chapter in and I was hooked. Of course I'm here for the rom com... and there's plenty of romance and comedy, but I loved the extra dimension that January and Gus's back stories and supporting characters brought to the experience.
Loved this book.
Buy it.
Julia Whelan is a narrative magician.
I wish the star ratings went to 10.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-21

Heartwarming, funny, five stars

Loved this book, specifically, the characters in this book. Funny, fast paced, a tender look at life and love.

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  • Justine Smyth
  • 29-04-21

Thanks Emily and Julia

It was like coming home listening to Julia narrate this story. The plot was interesting and the characters complex.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-01-21

Rom Com escapism.

weekend unwind bliss! Easy narrative, I couldn't stop listening to over the weekend. Loveable characters with all the spicy bit you'd expect.

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