Book Review: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

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It seems like forever since I’ve written a full book review for this blog. I really should get back to writing them, as they take less of my time then a lot of the longer posts I’ve been doing recently.

So I picked up this book, which is a recent release, because I was really in the mood to read a light, fun beachy story. It’s the time of year where I feel like reading light adventures and sweet romances. And while this book was hardly perfect, it was just what I was looking for.

Release: May, 2021

Page Count: 2021

Format: Audiobook

Synopsis: Poppy and Alex could not be more different. Poppy is a free spirit, loving to travel and try new things. Alex is the opposite, scholarly and preferring a quiet life. And yet somehow, they have been close friends for over a decade. They have a tradition of going on vacation around the world once a year, and yet a couple years ago they lost contact. Now, Poppy realizes how unhappy she is with her life and asks Alex for a favor. One more trip, for old time’s sake. Can they resurrect their lost friendship while reminiscing on the past and maybe even gain something more, or are they too different now?

Review:

I was really in the mood for a beachy, light summer read and, though not perfect, this book definitely delivered. The romance was pretty well done, and I really loved how Poppy and Alex were friends for years, going through the ups and downs of life together. No insta-love here, and I really felt the chemistry between the two. The story jumps to the present when they reconnect on vacation and then jumps back the twelve or so years of their friendship to take us on all their vacations. They meet such quirky characters, and I really felt like I understood Poppy and Alex as individuals by the end.

Saying that, I did feel like the book had a lot of filler. I didn’t necessarily need to see every trip they went on, as only a handful of vacations added to an understanding of their characters, and I wished more focus would be on the present. Also, I understand that the book is more on their relationship, but most of the background characters did feel a bit underdeveloped. Saying that, it’s a really good beachy read that feels perfect for reading in the heat of summer.

I did begin to wonder why Poppy and Alex were not getting together in a romantic relationship. They clearly liked each other from their first small road trip in college, and it was frustrating at times to see them in horrible relationships when they were much more compatible with each other. I just felt at times in the book they were specifically staying separate just to increase the tension of “will they, won’t they,” instead of actually for a justifiable reason. The main reason seemed to be they were both nervous about ruining a friendship or that the other person wouldn’t feel the same. Well, that’s not enough of a reasoning for over a decade!

I ended up giving this book 3 stars. For me, a 3 star book means it was good and enjoyable in the moment, but I don’t see myself raving about it later and it had some weaknesses. However, saying that, this book seems to be almost universally liked. Those I know who have read this book have given it 4 or 5 stars, and it stands at an average of 4.25 stars on Goodreads, which is very good. If you like light romances and are looking for a summer read, I could easily recommend this book.

Have you heard of this book or read it? Does it look good to you? What are some of your favorite beachy reads? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, thank you so much for reading, follow my blog for more musings, and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Anne

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