People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry #emilyhenry @berkleypub @netgalley #romcom #bookreview #bookblogger

Susanne’s Review:

My Favorite Rom-Com of the Year!  Cue ALL THE FEELS!

Fun, Light, Refreshing, Witty, and of course Romantic!  “People We Meet on Vacation” by Emily Henry has it all.  

Poppy and Alex meet in College at Freshman Orientation where it is immediately clear that they have absolutely nothing in common.  Going their separate ways, they make it a point not to see each other for the rest of the year.  Then the two share a fateful car ride home at the end of their Freshman year and the rest is history.  

Every summer for an entire decade after University, seeing as they live in different cities, the two decide to go on vacation together, and then it stops, just like that. 

Almost like a break-up, except how could that be. right?  Alex and Poppy are just friends, aren’t they?

Now two years have passed with nary a word.  Poppy, however, has decided to make things right.  To get Alex back.

Plan a vacation with her best friend to set things straight.  Her life and her happiness depend on it.  As it turns out, so does his.

Hilarity, Hijinks, and yes, Romance Ensue.  Oh, and did I mention Sparks?  Yes, those too. 

Sweetness, a whole lot of sweetness, funny text messages, lots and lots of laughter, hilarious, witty banter galore, this friends turned lovers rom-com stole my heart.  It’s the kind of romance I think we all dream about and the storyline here is sheer perfection. I adored both Poppy and Alex and cheered for them the entire time.  For fans of women’s fiction and lighter romance novels, there were no steamy moments in this fabulous rom-com which made this reader extremely happy.   

I will admit that I was originally hesitant to read “People We Meet on Vacation” simply because I read Ms. Henry’s prior novel, “Beach Read” and didn’t quite love it – while I liked the main characters in that book (Augustus and January) and enjoyed their romance, there were elements of that novel that I don’t think quite fit which led to my not enjoying the novel as much as I’d hope to. That said, I’m glad to say that all of my fears were immediately allayed here, as I loved everything about “People We Meet on Vacation” and can’t recommend it highly enough. In case it isn’t obvious, this will of course appear on my Goodreads Best-of-List for 2021!

This was a great buddy read with Kaceey!

Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group (and NetGalley) for the arc.  

Published on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kaceey’s Review:

Now that’s how it’s done! The perfect Rom-Com! Deserves all the stars!

Poppy and Alex have been friends since University. Every summer they go on their annual summer vacation. Something they both look forward to each year. In the early days, it was on a shoestring budget. But in recent years, they have had the perks provided through her work. 

Only two summers ago ‘something’ happened and the two have not spoken until now. 

An opportunity has presented itself to bring the two friends back together. Can they mend their friendship? Can they both find their happiness?

I had a smile on my face from the first page all the way to the end, where suddenly I found myself with tears rolling down my cheeks.

I just loved both of these characters. Poppy is so quirky with the best sense of humor that brings out a whole different side of Alex. 

While Alex is reserved. A school teacher. Yet when Poppy is around his defenses go down and he throws caution to the wind!

This is the second book I’ve read by Emily Henry. Her last  Beach Read just fell short for me. This latest release is completely different. It has everything you are looking for in a rom-com. Characters you love, good strong chemistry, and the angst of wanting a HEA ending.

Highly recommend!

A rom-com weekend buddy read with Susanne that we both absolutely loved!❤️

Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for an ARC to read and review.

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