From the publisher:
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Newsweek ∙ Oprah Magazine∙ Marie Claire ∙ Parade ∙ PopSugar ∙ BookPage ∙ BookBub ∙ Betches ∙ SheReads ∙ Good Housekeeping ∙ BuzzFeed ∙ and more!
Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
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.
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?
In a nod to “When Harry Met Sally”, Poppy and Alex become friends on a car ride home from college to the small town they grew up in – Poppy hated it and couldn’t wait to get away, while Alex loved it and can’t wait to move home. The only time these friends get to spend together over the next twelve years is the annual vacation they take together. But something happened in Croatia and two years later, Poppy and Alex still aren’t speaking. But Poppy really misses him and plans a new vacation that will hopefully get them over the Croatia problem.
I loved Poppy and Alex and laughed and cried along with them in this heartfelt romance. If they could have just talked to one another, well, there wouldn’t have been a book so never mind. Opposites can attract, as Poppy and Alex prove – they often complement each other, and I was so happy to see them get their happily ever after. This was a one night read for me and this book lived up to the hype. A fun summer read!
5/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry. Berkley (May 11, 2021). ISBN: 978-1984806758. 384 pages.