Challenge prompt: A book about a book club
A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
What I liked:
Any reader will love reading January and Gus’ writing processes.
I went into this expecting a cute, flirty summer romance story between Gus and January. I was definitely mistaken there, and I loved what was actually presented to me.
It deals with bereavement and grief as well as work pressures and love. You can see how much January’s father loved her, and the family relationship January had is wonderful to experience.
There’s some LGBT rep in this book, and it didn’t feel shoehorned in or added just for the sake of having it there.
What I didn’t like:
The only thing I would change about this book is to include chapters from Gus’ point of view.
Out of five:
Five. This book is your perfect beach read (not even sorry.)