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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

People We Meet on Vacation

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by Emily Henry

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For fans of When Harry Met Sally, a story of two fools in love who might be the only ones who don't know it yet.

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I ate a block of tofu from a stick in Kyoto, and it dripped down my shirt. My husband was bumped by the crowd and nudged me in the back of my shirt with his enormous greasy sausage—also on a stick—and we got the giggles. When you’re traveling with your favorite person, a few stains don’t matter. People We Meet on Vacation is a collection of in-joke travel memories. It’s equal parts hilarious and shockingly tender.

Poppy and Alex are complete opposites. But miraculously, they’re also best friends, and ever since college, they’ve taken an annual summer vacation together. From the scrappy low-budget trips of their early days to the upscale getaways made possible when Poppy lands her dream job at a travel magazine, their friendship has survived it all. Then, something happens in Croatia, and they don’t speak for two years. Now stuck in a rut and desperate to regain her love for travel, Poppy invites homebody Alex on one last trip: a messy shoestring affair, like the old days. Can she mend this rift between them and win back the heart of her best friend—and dream man?

I’m in awe of how well Emily Henry accomplished something so complex: the complete history of a friendship, told across the vacations they shared. You’ll find your heart aching even as you laugh because Poppy struggles to conceal the depth of her wild love for her straight-laced Alex. It’s a decade-long slow-burn, but this one last trip, and its final destination, is worth every little side alley detour.

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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?

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  • 3% Dislike
  • Temple terrace, FL

    I would give this infinity hearts. Loved this book and will forever keep this book. Loved the characters and everything about it ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Oshkosh, WI

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this book! Poppy and Alex are such wonderfully written characters. Every aspect of their relationship makes you root for them to get together. I couldn’t put it down. A must read!

  • Atlanta, GA

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is my favorite book in a long time. The characters were well developed. Their relationship development made me smile from start to finish. I just want to read this again and again.

  • Houston, TX

    I didn’t think Emily Henry could outdo Beach Read but she did. I read this book in a day. I didn’t want to finish it though because I didn’t want to be over. A good romance without too much cheese. ❤️

  • FPO, AE

    This was…dare I say…better than Beach Read? Poppy and Alex’s first chapter wowed me, and they only got better from there. I’m tempted to say I want what they have but I don’t think I could wait for it

  • Hoboken, NJ

    Poppy & Alex’s relationship with traveling and one another leaves the reader to desire nee experiences. The “Will they- won’t they” made me on the edge of my seat. Perfect read for a summer vacation.

  • Salt Lake City, UT

    ★★★★☆ For a “light” read that I finished in one sitting, the characters were fully developed as well as their friendship too. I love to travel so I enjoyed the vacation without leaving my home.

  • Englewood, CO

    I’m not sure I would have “loved” this at another time, but it was the perfect book to read on a relaxing vacation. I think it’s obvious to see where the story is headed but loved the book structure.

  • Dearborn, MI

    I love Emily Henry and this book doesn’t disappoint. It’s a story about friendship that you can’t live without, and Poppy and Alex realize it’s really about how much they love each other. Quick read.

  • Windermere , FL

    A sensational follow-up novel to “Beach Read.” The characters were wonderful and felt whole. Poppy and Alex’s relationship made my stomach flip in the best way. The travel details cured my wanderlust!

  • Pleasant Grove , UT

    This book is a magical blend of escapism and beautiful writing. I finished it in one sitting and now I’m sad. It’s rare to feel a deep connection when reading contemporary romance, but I did. Five ????.

  • Fort Valley, GA

    I COULD NOT put this down. A light, enjoyable read but with complex characters and emotional development that really hit the mark. All the heart eyes for Poppy&Alex and their travel adventures!????????????

  • Youngwood, PA

    I adored these characters! Great story. Nonlinear timeline worked well. Now that I’ve read it, I do have to admit that I don’t think this was the best choice in title, but I see what it’s getting at.

  • Orange, CA

    Great book! Nice to have an easy read that I couldn’t put down. Loved how it was written jumping from this summer to past summers - really created great characters you couldn’t help but root for ❤️

  • Chicago, IL

    I didn’t think it was possible to love Emily Henry and her novels anymore than I did after reading Beach Read but she proved me wrong. This book is even better than Beach Read which says a lot! ????????

  • Murray, UT

    If you loved Beach Read- you’d love this! It is a friends-to-lovers tale that’ll make you swoon and feel the emotions of the characters. It is easy to root them on and I loved the adventures they took

  • Milford, CT

    100% your classic rom-com! I feel like I was reading my favorite rom-com movies all meshed together. I loved the way Alex & Poppy’s relationship grows through the summer trips together…tender & cute.

  • Coeur d Alene, ID

    Not usually one for romances, but I’m glad I picked this one up! Poppy and Alex are such fun and believable characters, and Henry’s writing made me feel like I was on vacation with them. A great read!

  • Claremore, OK

    I loved the witty, detailed banter and quirkiness of this book. Several times I thought to myself “that’s so true” about observations made. A little long but wonderful to bring to a beach vacation.

  • Buffalo, NY

    Great story, relate. I escaped my home town for similar reasons & I love to travel & experience the world. But I have the man who feels like home, and I wouldn’t want to do any of it without him ❤️

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