Author: Emily Henry
Reviewed by Chloe Fuksa, Putnam Six Bookstore
Author Emily Henry’s latest novel, just released in May, is Book Lovers, and it is a wonderful summertime read. Henry broke onto the scene with Beach Read (2020) and followed it with People We Meet on Vacation (2021), which has surged even more in popularity lately with the #BookTok craze. Book Lovers is a rom-com with an ending you can see a mile away – the common enemies-to-lovers trope – but the characters and the humor help keep it unique.
Quite a few books out now are about books/bookstores, and this one falls into that category too – Nora is a literary agent and Charlie is a book editor. After a disastrous work lunch, the two consider each other their professional nemesis. But when Nora and her sister, Libby, decide to go on a month-long vacation to a small town in North Carolina, they have no idea that it’s actually Charlie’s hometown. Or that he’s living there now to help his parents out. Nora and Libby try to have a relaxing, quirky trip, but when a colleague goes on maternity leave early, Nora and Charlie are forced to work together to help an author make a deadline. They start falling for each other, but with Charlie needed in Sunshine Falls and Nora loving her life in NYC, can it be anything more than a vacation fling?
The two main characters have such snappy, dry senses of humor that you’ll definitely burst out laughing at times. But the book also explores the deep bond between Nora and Libby, as they realize the dynamic they had as children must change as they grow older and have families of their own. As well, for Nora, whose reputation is of a merciless shark – think Sandra Bullock in The Proposal movie – she comes to learn that maybe she doesn’t need to have tight control over every situation always. So, whether you pick up the literal Beach Read or this Book Lovers, you’ll be all set with a delightfully pleasant beach read for the summer.
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