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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry Book Review

Reasons for Reading This Book

As I have mentioned before, my best friend and I exchange or recommend books to one another. In between the books that I read for The Readheads Book Club I am reading through her list of recommendations. This time when I was looking for a new book I knew I wanted a light and fun romance. I looked at my best friends list and saw that she loved and recommend People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. So in short I picked it because it fit the type of book I wanted to read and because my best friend recommended it.

I should also mention I read and wrote the review of this book in October of 2021 and am just not getting around to posting it as I had other posts to post first.

Content of the Book

Poppy Wright and Alex Nielsen accidentally became best friends in college. Since becoming friends they started the tradition of going on a summer trip each year. Why a summer trip, well Poppy runs a travel blog where she researches, experiences, and reviews vacations on a budget and Alex is a English teacher so summers is the only time that works for him. Through the years they have struggled to stay in contact as Alex is still living in their hometown of Linfield, Ohio as a high school English teacher and Poppy is a travel writer for R&R in New York. After drifting apart for a number of years the pair reunite and once again go on a summer trip. The book chronicles their past summer trips, the time when they weren’t speaking and the current summer trip. Read to find out if Poppy escapes the rut she is in in both her personal and professional life. What will happen when Poppy and Alex reunite after two years of not speaking to another?

Themes of this Book

You have to face the truth at some point. When life gives you lemons make lemonade. Accepting the past and moving on from it. Friendship. The power of love. Surround yourself with the people that make you better and who you also want to better themselves.

What I Liked About This Book

I absolutely loved Emily Henry’s writing style. It was effortless, withy, descriptive, captivating, and intentional. The best way I can describe the writing style is as if someone was retelling a story but where including their own withy remarks. Emily Henry’s descriptions were spot on and painted a vivid picture each time. For example, I could easily picture each hotel described in this book because her descriptions where that detailed. There was the perfect amount of detail, just enough to picture it and no excess. The book I read prior to this was A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins. One main complaint I had with that book is that I could not relate to any character or really anything that happened. That is certainly not the case for this book. Not only did I find parts of her childhood and home life to be extremely relatable, I also related to Poppy’s personal struggles, and even some of the character's pet-peeves. Something I related to the most that I thought was worth mentioning was Poppy’s relationship with the show The Bachelor. Prior to staring the book I read a review that said "It was a slow start and they had a hard time getting into it". My experience was the complete opposite. Once I started this book I did not stop thinking about it. Because I am on a budget I had to pace myself and only read 30 minutes a day. If I wasn’t on a book budget I could have read this book so fast because I enjoyed it so much. I can not emphasize enough how funny and witty this book was. I could go on and on about what I liked about this book. The last thing I will say is that the pace was steady from start to finish keeping you interested from page one until the end. I truly enjoyed the epilogue.

What I Disliked About This Book

I truly cannot think of one thing I disliked about this book. If I had to say one thing it would be that I wish some of the chapters were sectioned differently so I could start and stop at a chapter. This really isn’t a complaint just an observation.

Would I Recommend This Book?

Without a doubt 100% yes!! Currently this is book ranks number two on my list for the year. It ranks right below The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I do know that this book is not going to be for everyone, but I say take a chance and give it a read. In my experience it was totally worth it.

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