I didn't read Beach Read, but I will definitely be changing that in the near future. I saw some of my romance friends raving about this on Twitter, and after a string of super serious reads, I needed something feel-good in my life.
Alex and Poppy have been friends for over a decade, and every summer, they go on their annual summer trip. Then everything changes, and now, two years later, Poppy realizes she's not happy and reaches out to Alex for one big summer trip. He agrees, and the two head to Palm Springs. Poppy's determined to make things better, how they used to be, but everything keeps going wrong. Spanning the course of their friendship, Alex and Poppy figure out how to handle their feelings in this friends-to-lovers extravaganza.
Okay, so I loved this book.
I'm not usually one for this type of read. Call it my cold, dead heart, but I am usually firmly in the no-romance read section. But this...I loved Poppy and Alex so much, even when I didn't want to. She's selfish and a tad clingy. He's closed off and stoic--and yet they worked so well together. Henry's dialogue is 10/10 and I laughed out loud several times. The observations about growth and friendship are also spot-on, and I dare you to read this without analyzing your own interactions.
I blew through this whole thing in a day and a half and wished it lasted longer, much like the best of vacations. Overall, People We Meet on Vacation is a witty, sharp, feel-good read that will make you fall in love.