Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: The People We Meet on Vacation – Emily Henry

Rating: 5 out of 5.


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?

Please note:
This book is known as ‘You and Me on Vacation’ (Penguin UK)
and ‘People We Meet on Vacation’ (Berkley Books).


People We Meet on Vacation has been on my list of highly anticipated reads for a while now and after finally getting my hands on a copy, I couldn’t recommend this book more highly! It was incredible and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

Although, I do own Beach Read, I haven’t read it yet and so People We Meet on Vacation is actually the first book by Emily Henry I’ve read. It certainly won’t be my last though and I’m dying to pick up Beach Read after this! Henry’s writing style is beautiful, succinct and so darn easy to get lost in. So much so, that she managed to make me absolutely love a trope I don’t usually pick up very often: friends to lovers.

Alex and Poppy meet in college and don’t immediately click. They are very much opposites in every way, but through special circumstances, they build an unlikely friendship that spans years, relationships and many summer vacations in various destinations. The story is told from Poppy’s POV but provides great insight into how the summer vacations and their friendship progressed through the years.

As a character, I found Poppy to be incredibly relatable. She knows who she is but at the same time is equally lost and confused about what she truly wants in life. Because of this, she’s always chasing a feeling or dreaming of an escape. She’s often views by others as flighty and wild. It takes a lot of time and self-reflection to understand what she’s truly chasing is a person who loves and accepts her as she is.

On the flip side, Alex is known for being mature, overly serious and responsible; sometimes to the point of being mistaken for boring. I actually really liked Alex a lot. He’s dependable, reliable and grounded. In relation to my other favourite book boyfriends, I would put him on the same level as Joshua Templeman (The Hating Game), Jonah Riggs (The Simple Wild) and Reid Sutherland (Love Lettering). So basically, I have a new favourite book boyfriend in my list!

I won’t give too much more away about this book but will say it was absolutely magical. I absolutely adored this and want everyone to read it and love it as much as I did!

Disclaimer: Thank you to Penguin UK and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

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Want more romance reviews and recommendations similar to People We Meet on Vacation?
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The Hating Game – Sally Thorne
The Simple Wild – KA Tucker
Love Lettering – Kate Clayborn


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