A review by theespressoedition
Beach Read, by Emily Henry

4.0

It's been quite some time since I've enjoyed a contemporary fiction novel as much as I did with this one. It was a quick "read" (I listened to the audiobook), and remained mostly lighthearted.

In the Reader's Guide at the end of the book, the author does a wonderful job describing what the plot of this book would look like for readers vs. writers: if you're a reader, this book is about "a disillusioned romance author and a literary fiction writer who make a deal to swap genres for the summer." If you're a writer, this book is about "writer's block" (simply put). I saw - and loved - both of these themes.

The characters captured my attention in a heartbeat, and I felt their longing, pain, anger, desire, and all range of emotions as I read. I loved the side characters and their progression.

I certainly recommend this book if you want a *mostly* lighthearted book with a hint of melancholy and a touch of sultry sass.