Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes a bestseller. When she writes happily ever after, he kills her entire cast.
They are poles apart.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months they live in neighboring beach houses, broken and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one foggy night, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to get them out of their creative routines: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy and January will write the next Great American Novel. She will take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he will take her to interview surviving members of a death cult in the woods (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Seriously.
Imagine that you are a romantic writer and are now penniless. Your father, whom you loved, has just died. You also discover that he is living a double existence. And, to make matters worse, you don’t have any inspiration to write your next book. Although the publisher continues to contact you to check on your manuscript, you have not been able to write one word.
It’s hard, right? This is exactly what January, our protagonist in Beach read is going through. He is having a difficult time in his life and decides to move to the beach house his father gave him before he died. He soon discovers that the place he thought would be peaceful and quiet has become something much more. He is also a writer but a mystery/fiction writer and has been January’s enemy since childhood.
After a long period of time, they meet again and make a bet. January will write a book that isn’t romantic and focuses on mystery while Augustus will need to write a romance novel that makes the reader smile.
It was not what I had expected from beach read. Although I didn’t expect much, I didn’t think I would be disappointed.
Beach read was awarded the 2018 Goodreads Award for Romance by Goodreads, and it is easy to see why.
Two lost characters are met. Both are stuck in their lives and don’t know what to do.
January is devastated at the loss of her father. He did not just die, but he also cheated on his mother. He doesn’t understand why, and his financial situation is no help.
“She kept telling me over and over that I wasn’t myself. He was wrong. I was exactly the same person I have always been. He was content to be himself and not try to shine in the dark.
Augustus, on the other hand is reserved, intelligent, and has slightly deviated feelings. She has been through so much, she doesn’t want to be in a loving relationship. But, as the book says, love can’t be stopped. After meeting January again, we meet a boy who is deeply loving and hopeful, ready for second chances.
“I thought… It is brave to believe that love can be real. It’s the only place that lasts. Even if it hurts, you should try.
Beach read’s author has built a wonderful relationship. Although he tried to make enemies into lovers at first, we find second chances of love primarily through the attraction between them.
But, the superficial attraction was hidden beneath feelings from many years ago. These feelings are now slowly surface and are violating Everett’s only rule: “Don’t fall in Love with Me!”
It felt like a beautiful, growing relationship. It was a friendship that turned into a love affair, now that I think about it. Everett does all he can to make sure that January gets to know him, and their friendship doesn’t end.
Beach read is a collection of stories that go beyond beach romance. This is a story anyone can relate to. We are taken into the lives and writing processes of authors by the author. We learn how each writer’s vision of the world is able capture it in his or her works to perfection.
Because the book is written by her perspective, I was also able to see January’s ups and downs. She has a new outlook on love and how it changes her personality.
Beach read was a book I enjoyed. It is a brief book but I was impressed by the events that have occurred throughout history. Current situation, passion, and the process of discovering oneself.
It is addictive and easy to read. The book has an easy and cool narrative. It also has shorter chapters which speed up the reading process. Beach read: I think it’s a great book to help you get through a reading block. It is the kind of book that, once you are done with it, you will want to go back and read it again.
Beach read is more than a summer romance. This novel is about the human condition and the feelings that can’t be controlled, especially when it comes to someone you are in love with.
It is worth it. It will be a great decision.
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