People We Meet on Vacation is about Poppy and Alex who, despite being wildly different human beings, have become best friends after carpooling home from college one semester. While they spend most of their year apart with Poppy living and working in New York City, and Alex working as a teacher in their hometown, they seemingly pick up where they left off of their infamous “summer trips.” However, after the events of one trip, they stop speaking for two years. In an attempt to get out of the rut she’s found herself in personally and professionally, Poppy reaches out to Alex to try and make things right over the course of one more summer trip together.
To say I’m obsessed with this book is honestly an understatement. I cannot say enough good things. I had ALL the feelings reading this book. I was laughing out loud at parts and tearing up and genuinely loving every minute of reading this. Poppy and Alex’s banter is perfect and reminds me so much of my relationship with my childhood best friend, Matt, minus the wild sexual tension. (If you know me personally you know Matt has been dressing like a professor since he could walk and I have been dragging him into the center of dance floors and generally embarrassing him since 1999.)
The characters voices are incredibly authentic and the structure of the book allows the reader to feel the slow burn of this relationship develop, while fully understanding their past experiences together. Needless to say, I have immediately ordered Emily Henry’s other book Beach Read and will be reading anything and everything this woman publishes. Honestly, not sure why you’re still reading this review when you could already starting this amazing book.
5 out of 5 stars