SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):
“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?”
People We Meet on Vacation was my April Book of the Month pick and it was a no brainer choice. I read Beach Read by Emily Henry last summer, completely loved it and it ended up being one of my favorite reads of the year. So People We Meet on Vacation has been an eagerly anticipated release.
We meet Poppy as she is struggling with her job. She is feeling lost and unhappy, even though she has achieved her dream career. We begin to flashback to different vacations Poppy has taken with her best friend Alex. Poppy realizes that the times she has truly been happy is when she is spending time with Alex. Meeting in college, they are polar opposites but something about them together just works. Until something happened on one of their trips that caused them to have a falling out, which you spend most of the book waiting to find out. The book continues to jump back and forth between the present trip that Alex and Poppy are on to rekindle their friendship, and past ones they have taken throughout the years.
Poppy and Alex have amazing chemistry and the banter between the two is incredible. They are also such fully real and fleshed out characters. They are incredibly genuine which makes this book such an easy read, and you are rooting for them to get together the entire time. Poppy felt incredibly relatable as a fellow semi-lost millennial. This book is laugh out loud funny and completely heartbreaking at times. Seriously, I was crying at Poppy’s speech in the third act.
The only critique of this book I have was that it was a little slow going, but once it got going I couldn’t put it down. I definitely recommend if you are a lover of romcoms or Harry Met Sally (or any Meg Ryan movie in general) or friends to lovers romances. This book checks off all the boxes and I can’t wait to see what Emily Henry does next.