People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry is a When Harry Met Sally inspired contemporary that is packed with lots of humour and romance. The characters are well-written and easy to relate to as well. This is a perfect book for your beach bag.Title: People We Meet on Vacation
Author: Emily Henry
Also by this author: The Love that Split the World
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 11, 2021
Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
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?
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
It has been a long time since I have seen When Harry Met Sally, but the story has somehow been able to stick in my brain. The friends to lovers trope is always one that I enjoy and Henry has created a fantastic story that goes back and forth from past to present and really shows how the relationship between Poppy and Alex evolved.
❀ Poppy is easy to root for
Poppy is an easy character to root for and her ability to take risks and enjoy life is infectious. On the other hand, Alex is straight laced and quiet in demeanour. The opposites attract theme plays another large role in the plot, as the two personalities clash frequently. This is where many of the laugh-out-loud moments stem from in the story and it is so amusing to read.
❀ Lots of Emotion and wit
Written from Poppy’s point of view, the book has lots of emotion and wit. Even though Alex is presented to us through Poppy’s lens, it is easy to see things from Alex’s perspective. The writing is superb and the banter between these two characters just flows right off the page,
❀ A must-read
If you are looking for a great rom-com to spice up your summer TBR, People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry is one to add. The tropes, characters, and witty dialogue make this a must-read book for contemporary fans. I can’t wait to read more by this author.