Bookreview: Stranddagboek (Beach Read) by Emily Henry

During the recent heatwave here in The Netherlands I was really in the mood for a nice summer read. So when I got send Stranddagboek (Beach Read) by Emily Henry I felt that would be the perfect book to read. And I was so right! We had a little paddling pool in the garden because that was basically the only way to get through the day. I read most of this book in that little pool, quite appropriate right. Ok, I guess reading this at the beach would have been even more appropriate, but I’m not really a fan of the beach… all that sand… no, thank you! Anyways, this book was everything I wanted at that moment!

Stranddagboek (Beach Read) by Emily Henry
Published by The House of Books at July 2nd 2020
Dutch edition
336 pages

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

First, I have to say that I absolutely love the cover. It is so aesthetically pleasing. I know it shouldn’t really matter, but to me it does. The cover is the first thing you see after all, and since I’m a bookstagrammer I really do appreciate a beautiful cover. This one is great, it’s simple, but it’s just really really pretty. I especially love the yellow colour on the cover. A warm mustard yellow! One of my fave colours – I have loads of interior decor in this colour).

Anyway, it’s obviously not about the cover. The inside of the book is way more important, but I can tell you the inside is great too! The first thing is I want to say about it is that this book may seem like a nice light summer read and in a way it totally is. But it does have some depth to it. It’s not just boy meets girl, all’s well, ends well. No, it’s definitely more than just that. It talks about loss and infidelity among other subjects. Both main characters – Gus and January – have gone through a lot in their lives. We learn about all of that in the book. So there is the deep stuff, but there are also plenty of laugh out loud moments in the book. It was definitely hilarious at times.

I love the characters in this book. They’re very relatable and I really felt for them. They came alive and stole my heart! I also really loved the storyline of two rivaling authors, both in a rut, doing this crazy challenge of writing a book that’s not in their comfort zone. I thought it gave an interesting edge to the story. I enjoyed reading about the books they were writing and the research they were doing. This way you were getting a story within a story, or well two actually.

I absolutly loved reading Beach Read and would totally recommend it. It’s a fast paced feel good book that also has some depth to it. I think it’s even one of my favourites book from this year (so far).

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