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  • You and Me on Vacation

  • Written by: Emily Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Twelve summers ago: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other and are pretty confident they'll never speak again.

Eleven summers ago: they're forced to share a ride home from college, and by the end of it, a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.

Ten summers ago: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver. Poppy holds his hand the whole way.

Seven summers ago: they get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.

Two summers ago: it all goes wrong.

This summer: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.

You and Me on Vacation is a love story for fans of When Harry Met Sally and One Day. Get ready to travel the world, snort with laughter and - most of all - lose your heart to Poppy and Alex.

©2021 Emily Henry (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A gorgeous romance." (Beth O'Leary)

"The perfect getaway." (Jodi Picoult)

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Enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Best friends to lovers troupe is predictable, messy and not much fun.

But the way this was done was so different, so good. And it was narrated so well, I liked it.

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I am in love with my best friend

I think one trope that I can never get enough of is when two best friends turn into lovers. It's like one of my favourite plots for romance stories. Harry and sally, Monica and Chandler.

I thought that the trope best friends turns into lovers is a cliche and I wouldn't enjoy it much. But little did I know That I have always been a hardcore fan of all kinds of cliche romances.

If I could summarize this whole book with a song then it would be "That way" by Tate McRae. I loved it so much that I wish that it would turn into a movie. The whole book gives out such awesome spring/summer book vibes because every year both lead characters go on summer vacations to different destinations which makes it so much interesting and fun.

Sometimes the sweetest love stories are ones that start with a friendship but now everyone is so afraid of getting friend-zoned.

Another notion that has been promoted by all romance stories is the idea of opposite attract and this novel happens to agree with it. Three major notion that makes a story worth hanging onto 1)best friends turn into lovers.

2)going on vacations

3)opposite attract.

and this book has every one of them. Both Alex (male) and poppy (female) protagonist are so well written that they drive the story pretty smooth. And they make you feel as if you're going on a vacation with them. Anyone who is fan of cliche chick flicks would love the atory too much.

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Much Mush

An engaging tale of friendship and love. The characters are well defined and so human that it feels like someone from our own life. There are moments beautifully woven together like pearls on a string which make you laugh,cry and even gasp at times. A must read,especially for the eternal romantics.

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won't take this on my vacation

Two people with lot of past baggage and a long friendship go on a budget holiday. The girl, despite being successful and having a loving family, is a mess and feels insecure about herself. The guy, sorted and level headed, is pulled into her mess and ruins some important relationships in his life. They are both a bit guilty and hesitant to talk it through, so they plan a holiday instead. The budget holiday also turns into a mess gradually.... and so does my reading experience. I read through a similar plot in another novel, but the narrative was better and the ending wonderful. The last 4 chapters were unnecessary. Overall, don't take this on your vacation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-22

Wow

Honestly, love how that they both figure out thay they need to go to therapy at the end.

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  • Helena
  • 30-03-22

Predictable

It’s quite obvious from the first chapter how this is going to end. Then there’s a lot of chapters where they travel and not very much happens, and then the exact thing you think will happen, happens. And you just feel like, omg, took you long enough. There is no plot twist, no dramatic turn of events, and what happened in Croatia was a bit of an anti climax with all the build up.

Some things in the book don’t add up for me. It doesn’t feel realistic that they know each other for so long and are so obviously into each other without pursuing it, for years. Also, I have a hard time understanding Alex, his character feels inconsistent somehow. One minute he hates pretty much anything fun, like theme parties, then the next he likes karaoke and dancing in the street. I don’t know, I just couldn’t picture this person.

Another thing that annoyed me was the incessant quirkiness of the dialogue and the cutesy-ness of the narration. Like 95% of their communication was “witty” banter. It was a bit too much.

It’s ok for light entertainment, it’s inoffensive and “nice”, but a bit simple and slow. I don’t think I would have finished it if it wasn’t for a book club.

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  • Alex
  • 21-06-22

Not my Favourite!

I will start by saying that the ending left me feeling all warm on the inside which is a good thing and I really like this Author's writing.

Having said the above, I was somewhat disappointed having recently read Book Lovers which was superb.

I really loved the banter between Alex and Poppy and the author does write such dreamy heroes.

Poppy, however,  started to drive me nuts with her insecurities and it started to irritate me that they couldn't just spit it out that they were falling for each other.

The book for me just dragged on for much too long, the going backwards and forwards got irritating after a while and it felt more like a tourist guide rather than a romance novel.

The narration was excellent as ever.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-22

LOVED it!

Absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Alex and Poppy are such lovable characters that I was routing for them right from the start.
Excellently narrated.
My favourite rom com book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-22

Cannot recommend, struggled to finish

Unbearably predictable, even for this genre. The characters lack depth and chemistry, and are mainly just irritating. Writing is not bad, but the plot drove me crazy. I really can't understand the hype. For similar plot but better, try One day.

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  • Sista
  • 17-09-22

perfect❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

perfect❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ?. 🤍 ❤️. ❤️v ❤️ 🤍 ❤️❤️

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  • Rafaella
  • 16-09-22

The angst

Very enjoyable!
I think the ending could be better, maybe a bit longer, so it could compensate for the angst

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-22

AMAZING!

Another great from Emily Henry! Cannot get enough of her books. Great performance from Julia Whelan too. 5 starts!

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  • emah
  • 12-08-22

Can’t quite decide

The start of this book I found more challenging than I thought I would to get into it, but once the characters final holiday started I began to enjoy to narrative.

I really liked the back and forth through timelines and seeing how their relationship developed, and influenced their last journey together.

Though it was obvious what was going to happen I was slightly disappointed with the ending, I can’t quite put my finger on it, as I was routing for them, but I felt there could have been more between the main characters IMO.

Overall, an enjoyable holiday read.

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  • Carole Ann callaghan
  • 07-08-22

Fabulous Book

Great holiday or summer read. Feel good book, easy listen and great storyline!
Highly recommend!

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  • Kindle Customer Fran
  • 10-07-22

Beautifully uplifting

narration got better and better. I didn't want to finish this book. loved it! She's an excellent writer.

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  • Paullette
  • 17-06-21

Now one of my favourites

This book gave me exactly what I was looking for; a place to escape.

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  • Elena
  • 20-09-21

My heart feels full.

After two years in a pandemic, this book had me smiling. I felt giddy, and hopeful, and just downright happy. Great writing and great narration.

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  • Kylie
  • 10-07-21

Great story, great narration, thoroughly enjoyed

Although the ending was somewhat obvious the journey getting there was great fun. I love this narrator also. All in all a great, enjoyable and funny read.

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  • joss magill
  • 25-06-21

easy listening, nice feel good well written

easy listening, nice feel good well written. satisfying ending, few laugh out loud moments too

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  • Sandra C
  • 08-06-21

10 stars

Love love loved this book. Poppy and Alex's story is funny, heartbreaking and heart-warming all at once.
Superbly narrated by Julia Whelan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-21

Loved it!

What a perfect story. The friendship, the travel and the love. Their banter was funny and beautiful. This will go straight to the top of my favourites along with Love and Other Words 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-21

Excellent! Spot on for Romance!

Cried, laughed and kept saying to myself "now this is a romance".
Narrator was so good I kept forgetting it wasn't a movie I was watching in my head.

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  • Jesska
  • 29-08-22

Lovely typical romance

A beautiful listen for when you’re not after something too serious. A typical storyline but entirely enjoyable. Likeable characters and narration. Thoroughly enjoyed 😊❤️

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  • Piyumi Henegama
  • 01-07-22

obvious ending

The book is too long and you think there will be a twist or climax but no. The ending is very obvious.
I’ve listened to better books.

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  • Gabrielle
  • 24-06-22

Not my favourite but still worth it

I’m fast becoming a fan of Emily Henry books. This was my second.

Witty, fun and romantic with touches of insight that spoke to me.