He doesn't believe in happy endings.

She's lost her faith that they exist.

But could they find one together?

January is a hopeless romantic who likes narrating her life as if she's the heroine in a blockbuster movie.

Augustus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairy-tale.

January and Augustus are not going to get on.

But they actually have more in common than you'd think:

They're both broke.

They've got crippling writer's block.

They need to write bestsellers before the end of the summer.

The result? A bet to see who can get their book published first.

The catch? They have to swap genres.

The risk? In telling each other's stories, their worlds might be changed entirely..


I would put this book in the same bucket as The Flatshare. It is a rom com that is sometimes overly cheesy but that also addresses some important topics like loss, grief and depression. So it feels realistic and not too over the top in the lovey-dovey, life through rose-tinted glasses genre. ⁣Unfortunately I didn’t get to read it by the beach (despite being on my TBR since July), but it was also the perfect fireside read.

Beach Read isn’t just about a romance waiting to happen. It is the story of two old university acquaintances finding themselves thrown together at a time when they are both going through various challenges and low points. They have both experienced loss and grief in their own way and are trying to navigate their way out of the woods through writing their next bestsellers. ⁣

All of the ingredients are there to stir up a cute cliché romance story but Henry succeeds in doing it in a way that isn’t over the top. I have read my fair share of romance novels but I hate when they’re just super cliched and cheesy. Where there are some cheesy moments in this book, thankfully it isn’t too much and you’re not cringing on behalf of the characters.

So look, it’s a very easy and cute read that you will fly through. I won’t lie, the last few chapters tug on the heart stings as January, one of the protagonists, faces her demons and because you grow to love her so much in the book, you really feel for her. The tone of voice is witty and light-hearted and was exactly what I needed after reading some heavy books. It reminded me a little of The Holiday for some reason, the way January narrates it was a bit like Cameron Diaz and Gus reminded me of the enigmatic and charming Jude Law. It isn’t at all the same storyline or based around Christmas but yeah, I got those vibes.



Feel Good

The right amount of cheesiness


“I’ve never met someone who is so perfectly my favourite person.”


I actually really liked January. She seemed like a super cool girl who I could easily be friends with.




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