People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.
Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.
Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.
Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.
Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?
From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.
People We Meet On Vacation goes back in time along with current time. Poppy works for a travel magazine, but started off as a travel blogger. She always makes her friend Alex go with her on a summer trip and we see things from those trips spread out over the book. In the current time, Poppy and Alex haven’t really spoken in two years. Something happened on their Croatia trip and things got weird. Poppy decides that she was most happy going on those cheap trips with Alex. When her pitch to her magazine doesn’t work out, Poppy decides to pay for their trip to Palm Springs. Alex’s brother is getting married there. Things are awkward for quite awhile. The trip ends up being one crappy thing after another, but Poppy kind of likes it that way. She knows that she’s in love with Alex and she’s afraid of getting too close and ruining their friendship. They’ve both been best friends while they were in relationships with other people. Both Poppy and Alex need to decide how they feel and what they both want in life.
I really enjoyed the past vacation chapters. I liked the stories of meeting different people and even reconnecting. I feel like the best vacations are the ones where you can meet other people and talk a bit. I liked that Poppy and Alex were so different and that they became friends in college. Overall, I enjoyed this one.
I gave this book 4 stars.
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