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People We Meet on Vacation Paperback – 11 May 2021
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A TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON SUMMER READS NOMINEE! Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Newsweek ∙ Oprah Magazine ∙ The Skimm ∙ Marie Claire ∙ Parade ∙ The Wall Street Journal ∙ Chicago Tribune ∙ PopSugar ∙ BookPage ∙ BookBub ∙ Betches ∙ SheReads ∙ Good Housekeeping ∙ BuzzFeed ∙ Business Insider ∙ Real Simple ∙ Frolic ∙ and more! Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love. From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read comes 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?
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--The Associated Press "Beach Read fans, assemble. Emily Henry is back with another smart, steamy romance....Warning: you will feel all the feels. And probably shed a few tears."
--The Skimm "The strength of People We Meet on Vacation [is] the clever observations, the dialogue (which is laugh-out-loud funny) and, most particularly, the characters. Funny and fumbling and lovable, they're most decidedly worth the trip.
--The Wall Street Journal "A delightful love story full of hilarious one-liners and winking asides, making it the perfect poolside companion."
--Real Simple "Emily Henry is my newest automatic-buy author, and People We Meet on Vacation is the perfect getaway: a heartfelt, funny, tender escape that you wish could last forever."
--Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Two Ways "People We Meet on Vacation is a gorgeous slow-burn romance, full of sexual tension and tantalizing possibility. I fell head over heels for Alex and Poppy, and loved travelling all over the world with them both."
--Beth O'Leary, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Flatshare "This is a perfect rom com, and I completely adored it. I think Emily Henry might be our generation's answer to Nora Ephron. A witty, warm page turner."
--Sophie Cousens, New York Times bestselling author of GMA book club pick This Time Next Year "Emily Henry is a STAR! Deeply emotional and starkly funny, People We Meet on Vacation cements Emily Henry as the Queen of Banter. Rom-com fans will swoon over this slow burn friends-to-lovers romance. Poppy and Alex are real and flawed and ultra-lovable, and their Summer Trips will scratch an itch for those of us who've missed traveling. A perfect summer read!"
--Alexis Daria, bestselling author of You Had Me at Hola "A compulsively readable book full of sparkling wit, dazzling prose and a romance that grabbed me by the heart and wouldn't let me go."
--Abby Jimenez, USA Today bestselling author of Life's Too Short "An absolute delight: swoony, legitimately moving, and packed with witty banter that makes Alex and Poppy jump off the page. We are already waiting impatiently for whatever Emily writes next."
--Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, USA Today bestselling authors of The Royal We and The Heir Affair
"Henry's biggest strength is in the sparkling, often laugh-out-loud-funny dialogue, particularly the banter-filled conversations between Poppy and Alex. The end result is a story that pays homage to classic romantic comedies while having a point of view all its own. A warm and winning When Harry Met Sally update that hits all the perfect notes."
--Kirkus Reviews "Henry's skills with sensory detail and lovable characters shine through. This is a strong choice for readers looking for a vicarious summer vacation of their own."
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- Publisher : Berkley Books (11 May 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984806750
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984806758
- Dimensions : 13.87 x 2.57 x 20.93 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I’m not gonna lie though, I thought I knew which way this book was going when I first started it, but I’m glad I didn’t give up on it. Poppy and Alex are long time best friends hailing from the small town of Linfield, Ohio. The duo are akin to a mix of oil and water, complete parallels of each other, and yet they are the perfect pair of best friends. They spend every summer together, travelling around the world, and we see glimpses of just how they grew as friends through flashbacks from these trips.
One day, when Poppy is asked to think of something that truly makes her happy, she answers with Alex. The only problem is...they haven’t seen or said a word to each other in two years, not since their mysterious Croatia trip. Poppy decides to re-insert herself into Alex’s life, deciding that it’d been too long since they’d reconnected. She’s adamant that they’re going to go on a trip, she’s going to make it work, and make it work well! Unfortunately for Poppy, things just don’t go well and she gets a very rude awakening from Alex in a run down hotel, with a broken air-con in the middle of Palm Springs.
There’s a certain chemistry between Poppy and Alex that makes your heart slow, and your eyes water. You can just see that they’re yearning for each other, yet neither of them knows how to work through it! Friends to lovers is hard to do, especially at this point in time with an oversaturated market! But Henry did it so well, this is a book that makes you want to scream! It’s amazing, she just nails it every time, her storylines are ones you can devour in a day! All in all a great slow burn (maybe a bit too slow), but nonetheless great! Highly recommend and once again kudos to Henry for a wonderful story.
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What happened, and why are people loving this ? There is nothing to love about these characters and I dreaded every time she went back in time to a nonexistent story. There is no plot. There is just a lot of mentioning of Alex’s puppy dog face, which sounds like the absolute opposite of attractive .
This was such a bummer.
Here are my issues:
1) The story is uninspired - it’s not creative and misses out on the premise of yearly vacations. There’s so much more that could have been built into those flashbacks, especially since the book is 361 pages long. It was actually quite a boring read.
2) There is not really any character development. There’s a lot of surface analyzing, but considering the span of over a decade, the characters feel static. And they’re not particularly likeable or memorable either.
3) While the writing flows easily, it’s not very elegant. There is a lot of dialogue, and you can tell the author spent a lot of time preparing witty exchanges between her characters. And she does pull it off. But there’s something inorganic and juvenile about it.
4) All elements considered, the book feels written for a teen audience and not adults. I cringed several times.
In summary, this book is just not inspired, doesn’t have an engaging storyline, and didn’t make me feel anything for either of the main characters. I’m just glad I’m done so I can move on to the next read.
And as a measure of comparison, I’m a millennial, and I don’t know a single female friend who would consider this book her favourite summer read or anything close to that.
Reviewed in Canada on 12 July 2021