From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers and Beach Read comes a sparkling novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.
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?
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What happened on a seemingly idyllic vacation that broke the bond between two once deeply devoted friends? You'll want answers to this tantalizing question throughout Emily Henry’s unputdownable beach read—but she won't tell you right away. Straitlaced Alex and unpredictable Poppy had been staunch best friends—and polar opposites—since college. We loved joining them for the blissfully relaxing trips and ever-growing collection of private jokes that made them inseparable. So why did their recent holiday in Croatia ruin everything—and can one last-ditch trip to Palm Springs make things right again? The chemistry between Poppy and Alex is palpable as they bring out the best in each other time and again. We couldn’t wait to find out if they’d return to being friends…or maybe more. Touching, romantic, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is the perfect book for a vacation, even if it's just in your own mind.
Henry's latest rom-com lacks the spark of 2020's Beach Read, but still offers plenty of lighthearted summertime fun. Poppy Wright met Alex Nilsen 12 years ago on the first day of college orientation, and they never got along until a road trip from Chicago back to their neighboring Ohio towns, which sparked a deep friendship and a tradition of taking a yearly sumer vacation together. But Poppy and Alex haven't spoken much since a disastrous trip two summers ago, and the details of what triggered their falling out are teased maddeningly slowly. When Poppy realizes that what she wants most in the world is to have Alex back in her life, she arranges a shoestring-budget vacation to Palm Springs that she hopes will fix everything. Flashbacks to each past summer trip make for fun travelogues that highlight both characters' understandable but frustrating refusal to discuss their feelings. Watching them dance around the inevitable grows tiresome as things drag on, but Henry's skills with sensory detail and lovable characters shine through. This is a strong choice for readers looking for a vicarious summer vacation of their own.
Book funk over
A classic slow burn romance that will get you out of a reading funk and won’t have you putting it down till it’s over.. loved it
A beautiful story peppered with flashbacks that show how the characters fell in love with each other in a slow burn. So well-written; heart-wrenching in all the best ways. New favourite book! 10/10
Well done Emily Henry!
I enjoyed this one. It has a very “When Harry met Sally” vibe but in the best way! It’s the fuller story rom com lovers have always wanted. The friendship and love between Poppy and Alex is beautiful and real. The brokeness of each character is heartening. The moral of the story was clear. The jokes were funny! I enjoyed Henry’s writing style and sentence structure. All that being said I did find the story to drag a little (now that might just be a me problem). 5/5 I understand why the internet recommended it.