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Beach Read

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Julia Whelan

10 Hours 13 Minutes

Penguin Audio

May 2020

Audio Book 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 bestselling 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.

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  • Jennifer U.

    Juicy easy read rom com. I didn’t really love the storyline, but fun story overall!

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  • Bookish S.

    another great read!

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  • Christel Chongson

    I'm sorry but i did not like January or Gus or anything between them :'( also this book was so slow for me zzzzz. Got the audiobook to help me finish this.

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  • Sammantha J.

    I like the concept of the book but think Gus is too pigeonholed and not a very forgivable character... while he has obvious trauma to deal with, giving basic details like I'm going out of town for a bit is just rego human decency. I didn't believe that he could possibly be as intuitive/incisive creatively and as oblivious personally as he was. I had similar difficulties with January. I also think grief is a little more all encompassing and at times I literally forgot about that through line because the love story overtook everything. I also need some synonyms here. There was a lot of repetitive word choice going on.

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  • Mery G.

    did i have too much expectations? maybe but this is just cute and well written. it is a lot, but not as much as the hype made me belive.

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  • Vytaute M.

    Enjoyed this book so much! Funny, lovely, partly a bit sad.

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  • Joanne K.

    A really enjoyable listening experience! I really liked the characters and the story. I will probably listen to it again!!!

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  • Kristin W.

    Wow! What a fantastic story. Narrator defined the characters by voice inflections/tones. Made me wanting a continuation of the book.

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  • Bianca1976

    This was exactly what I needed. Fun and easy. I'm glad I listened to this book!

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  • Lauren F.

    I didn’t really know what to expect as it’s not my usual type of book but was so pleasantly surprised. Thoroughly engaging from start to finish! A really easy, light, funny and enjoyable book.

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