Beach Read by Emily Henry, published May 19th, 2020.

It’s been a while since I was so tired from all that was going on around me that I just dove into a book and read it from front to back. When I opened Beach Read I plunged in and only came out when I had finished the book. It was perfect for a lazy Sunday.

Two writers stuck in a rut have nothing in common. They write in different genres, he writes rather dark literary fiction, she writes rom-coms with happily ever afters. They couldn’t stand each other at college. Now they have adjoining beach houses for the summer, either trying to write their next bestseller without much success.

One night they have the brilliant idea to turn this summer into a writing challenge. He’d try to write a book with a happy ending, she’d try literary fiction. He’d take her on interviews for his next book about a death cult, she’d take him on “not dates” that should inspire a rom-com. Neither is allowed to fall in love.

What could possibly go wrong?

This book made me laugh out loud very often, but it also made me cry at a few points. It had a happy ending, of course, but although it was the trope-y ending I might have expected from other romance books, it was totally unexpected in this case.

4/5 Goodreads stars