• Beach Read

  • By: Emily Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (12,614 ratings)

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Beach Read

By: Emily Henry
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's summary


A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes best-selling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

©2020 Emily Henry (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

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The New York Times Book Review's Summer Romance Reads

Entertainment Weekly’s Hottest Summer Reads of 2020

Oprah Magazine's Best Beach Reads of Summer 2020

Betches’ 20 Books to Read in 2020

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Goodreads' Big Books of Spring

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Bustle's Most Anticipated May Titles

Shondaland's Five Books to Read in May

TheSkimm's 11 Buzzy Books for Your Imaginary Beach Bag

Good Morning America's 25 Novels You'll Want to Read this Summer

The New York Post's Required Reading

Good Housekeeping's 25 Best Beach Reads

Huffington Post's Best Books to Read during Quarantine

CNN's Perfect Summer Reads

LitHub's Ultimate Summer 2020 Reading List

BookRiot's 6 Captivating New Books

“Once I started Beach Read I legit did not put it down.”—Betches

“Reader, I swooned! Beach Read is a breath of fresh air. My heart ached for January, and Gus is to die for—a steamy, smart and perceptive romance. I was engrossed!”—Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December

“This is a touching and heartfelt book about love, betrayal, grief, failure, and learning how to love again. I adored going along on Gus and January’s journey, and I closed this book with a satisfied sigh.”—Jasmine Guillory, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Proposal

Editor's Pick

Why yes I would like some beach time, thanks
I can’t tell you how fast I jumped on this listen when I saw that it was about two competing authors who fall in love, and that it was performed by can-do-no-wrong narrator Julia Whelan. This story is what the cover and title promises: a light, fun ''beach read'' that leaves you feeling warm and satisfied. But since this is also a story about writers writing books, it is also a meta adventure wherein we explore what makes characters (people) tick, and plot (life) fall into place. I was impressed with Emily Henry’s ability to put her finger on the small truths around what makes a great story, and why we love the stories that we do. Anyone who loves to play a little in the land of the meta, and/or would like to live a little in the beach read frame of mind right now, will find that this one hits the spot.