People We Meet on Vacation (Henry)

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“I don't think I knew I was lonely until I met you.”

Well, well, well it's been a good long while since I've read a friends to lovers story that has made me go OKAY WHY DO I ALWAYS SAY I LOVE ENEMIES TO LOVERS BEST??!?!!?

This is only my second Emily Henry book but you better believe she has already skyrocketed up to the top of my favorite authors in the contemporary genre. Her writing is so crisp and her banter is hilarious but also REAL. Sometimes when authors lean too hard into banter it becomes almost TOO funny and therefore unbelievable. Like...are people really that funny? Are they always able to have these off the cuff back and forths??? I don't think so lol.

Poppy and Alex though hit all my favorite everythings. They met in college and found out they were from neighboring towns but had never met before. They are different enough that their friendship easily wouldn't have worked out...only that it did. Because not only are they special, but they are special to one another. They are the kind of person that you meet once and have this chance and maybe almost seemingly nonexistent spark with, maybe don't see for some time, and then meet up and boom--it's destiny. Does that make sense? It does for me because I had the same exact experience with my husband in college and looking back at the continuous CHANCE encounters of it all makes me giddy.

So, yes, I love this book for the reminders that it served me but also because of how it was told. We get snippets of their past and of their present. We find out what makes their relationship special, where things may have went "wrong," where they fell in love, where they just couldn't let one another go. The vacations themselves were also a perk to me because it's the dead of winter here and any picture that can be painted of sunshine and warmth is a balm to my soul.

Overall I think...nay, I KNOW I loved this more than Beach Read even though that was soo, so good, too. I cannot wait to get my hands on anything and everything she comes up with next.


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