YOU AND ME ON VACATION BY EMILY HENRY
TEN SUMMER TRIPS
THEIR LAST CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE
12 SUMMERS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they'll never speak again.
11 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.
10 SUMMERS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver.
Poppy holds his hand the whole way.
7 SUMMERS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.
2 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.
I really enjoyed Beach Read and couldn’t wait to read Henry’s latest while on holidays, her books really are the perfect summer read!
First off, I actually preferred this to Beach Read. I found Beach Read really enjoyable and an easy read but this has a little more depth I felt and I really really loved the characters. I just wanted to give Alex a hug and go out for a drink with Poppy. They are chalk and cheese but work so well together!
Similar to Beach Read, Henry does an amazing job of highlighting big topics in a way that is light and approachable. On the surface her books are fun, easy and have some great laugh out loud moments but there is a lot more to them when you dig deep. Like Poppy who is suddenly finding herself a little lost and unsure of what she wants or Alex who has played the role of father and mother for his siblings. Henry does a fantastic job at addressing some key issues but in a way that doesn’t feel over the top.
The writing is excellent, I laughed a lot and honestly couldn’t put it down. From the banter between Alex and Poppy to the bizarre experiences they share on these vacations, I could so clearly see it all playing out in my head and I really wanted to be a part of it. "I misread that sign as ghosts, not goats, and now I'm just disappointed," Alex says under his breath. He punctuates it with his face. "It is so freaking hard to find a good ghost exhibit these days." This is a perfect example of the wit and banter throughout the book!
So if you’re looking for a good summer read, then this is the book for you. You will fly through it and it’ll put a smile on your face.
A big thank you to Net Galley for letting me read it before it was published.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'For the first time in my life, the airport strikes me as the loneliest place in the world. All those people, parting ways, going off in their own directions, crossing paths with hundreds of people but never connecting.'
I really loved Alex, he seemed so cute!