“People were complicated. They weren’t math problems; they were collection of feelings and decisions and dumb luck. The world was complicated too, not a beautifully hazy French film, but a disastrous, horrible mess, speckled with brilliance and love and meaning.”Beach Read, Emily Henry
Book Title: Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
TW: Cults, mention of suicide and arson, infidelity
The intricacies of human heart are not so easily understood.
Paucity of time makes me look for quick reads. Since I had a work deadline, I was absolutely unable to pick a book and read it. My woe turned into happiness when I found
a) a quick read
b) it was an audiobook, which meant I could listen to it while going to the market or going for my walks.
So, the book in question, or rather answer to my woes was Beach Read by Emily Henry. I have read rave reviews of this book and had it somewhere in my tbr, but it was long forgotten.
I really liked the other book by Emily Henry, People We meet on Vacations. So I decided to give Beach Read a try.
And what a roller coaster it was. It initially started as a rom com where the protagonist, January meets her college nemesis/crush Gus after many years when she moves to her father’s beach house nursing her heart on finding out a family secret. Things start to develop between them, but both have secrets of their own. They peel each layer slowly showing underneath the complex web of emotions and thoughts of people.
Beach Read also had many layers. There was romance, family drama, writer’s block, and what it is like to overcome our fears to take the leap.
It certainly felt like a quick read, but it was not. It took me time to absorb certain facts and understand them.
So if you are in a mood for a fun but deep romcom you can give it a try.