People We Meet on Vacation – Book Review

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Series: N/A
Publisher: Berkley Books
Published May 11th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Romance
Pages: 364
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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?

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

Alex and Poppy are the complete opposite but that never mattered, they bond on a drive to their mutual hometown and something just clicks. After that they are the best of friends, until one day, that wasn’t true anymore. After over a decade they maintained that friendship tight but two years ago everything changed. Alex and Poppy haven’t talked since. But that doesn’t mean they forgot each other. Poppy is miserable about it and on a whim decides to just contact Alex, and proposes a Summer vacation to get back what they’ve lost. 

Happiness is a big part of this novel. I really liked a part in the beginning about the difference between being happy and being content and how much more we want the moment we have what we wanted. The list just goes on and on. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence… If I had this or that I would be happy… Would we actually tho? Really enjoyed that development. Also really enjoyed Poppy and how real she feels. It was easy to relate to her and it was a lot of fun to see her friendship with Alex and how much of an outsider she felt everywhere.

Basically we have a second chance romance with best friends turned to lovers with a twist. Which is generally something I’m up to, although this felt longer than I expected… Which is a surprise because I really enjoyed Beach Read and was super interested in checking this one out. But it just felt longer than needed and I ended up getting a bit boring in the middle, no matter how much I liked the friendship. The end tho, it was definitely worth it.

These two characters couldn’t be more different and that makes it definitely entertaining. Their random conversations and bickering kept me reading. That and seeing what happened to make them go different ways after so many years of friendship. It did surprise me at times and it’s funny and entertaining, so I’m still happy I read it and got to meet Poppy and Alex.

What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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