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Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read comes a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.
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?
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. \n
What a cute little love story!
This book is not at all what I expected — as in, i absolutely misjudged the cover. I do that often and probably won’t stop.
People We Meet on Vacation is a love story told from Poppy’s eyes. The whole plot alternates between “This Summer” and her re-telling of various trips during summers past all the while acquainting the reader to Poppy and her best friend, Alex. Each chapter builds on their character and highlights their truly unique bond as friends. The scenic description and hilarious banter between the two made me laugh aloud and fall in love with them a little more each time. You know an author has done well if you ever feel you want a specific character in your life. I wanted both these people in my life. A lot.
Given my wild imagination, reading a book is like watching a movie for me. I know the pattern…all is well, things intensify, things are great, something happens, it all comes crashing down, and finally it gets resolved. I hate the crash EVERY SINGLE TIME. It was no different with this book. I was vehemently upset every time the story jumped back in time, despite knowing that it was for the better and that I would not be disappointed. Every chapter was a treasure on its own, but that didn’t keep me from wanting more of their friendship at present time.
I truly enjoyed the book enough to give it five stars, but I’m restraining because this isn’t some literary masterpiece that I’ll take with me for the ages. In all honestly, I’m a sucker for Hallmark movies and that’s what this book feels like. Cried my eyes out at the end and highlighted some things I’m going to go whisper at my fiancé so he loves me for life. <3
I don’t even know
Okay. So, I liked the first half of the book, but god, the second half I cringed so badly through the other half of this book. Yes, the first half wasn’t perfect but it was still like acceptably unrealistic. The second half was just like a straight out romcom which makes sense as this book is inspired by When Sally met Harry. If I had known that fact before, I would avoided of losing so much of my happiness. Anyways, if you are a fan of romcoms, you will love this book.
A quick, cute read
A sweet getaway. I loved this book.