Published by Berkley Books
Published: May 11, 2021
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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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In 2020 Emily Henry released a little book called Beach Read. I say little book because it blew up. It was everywhere and people loved it and talked it up. I personally found it delightful. It was solid and enjoyable, but I wasn’t at the gush level like everyone else. I mean don’t get me wrong, I really really liked it (I gave it 4 stars and you can read my review HERE) but the definitely not to the level people were talking about it. So going into People We Meet on Vacation I was not sure how I would feel. I went in without the hype level of Beach Read and let me tell you, it was utterly magical. I can’t stop thinking about it and I’m not sure I ever will.
People We Meet on Vacation is a story of Poppy and Alex, two best friends that are complete opposites. They met while in college, finding out their home towns were near each other, and slowly formed a bond. And that bond lead them to taking a vacation together every summer for a decade. Even living apart (Poppy in NYC, traveling to exotic places for work, and Alex a teacher in their hometown), they have made the effort to take this one vacation. That is until 2 years ago when something happened that changed their friendship and their comfort with one another. And when Poppy is ready to make one last shot, to go on vacation with Alex again, the two of them can finally have the chance to fix what is broken and get back to the why they were, or maybe even something better.
It’s hard for me to describe why I loved People We Meet on Vacation so much. The relationship between Poppy and Alex was easy yet it complex. There was so much more between them than friendship but it was not a line that was crossed. It made things complicated with them. But that ease was always there. And that was one of the things I loved about them and their connection. And Henry wrote them in the most memorable of ways. And don’t even get me started on their travels. Those trips were some of the best parts of the book. 1) Because I have barely left my house in 14 months. And 2) Those trips were what made their relationship what it was. It was the foundation of Poppy and Alex and it filled my heart with love.
People We Meet on Vacation is probably the hardest review I have written in a while. Why is that? Because I loved it so so much. It’s a book that stays with you and makes you wish you didn’t read it so you can read it again. It is the kind of book you want to tell everyone you know to read it. It’s the kind of book you want to hug. It’s the kind of book you need to buy. So do yourself a favor and buy it now!