Review: You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

Challenge prompt: A book where the main character works in your current/dream job.


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?

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What I liked:

I’ve been in lockdown for over a year now, so the only travelling I can do now is in books. This, luckily, was a perfect opportunity to explore a place I had never even thought to put on my bucket list – Palm Springs in California.

I love a good dual timeline book where the timelines are clearly laid out. You definitely have this here, and for me there was never any confusion as to when the action was taking place throughout this book.

I haven’t read a lot of friends to lovers books, but I really liked how this plot point was done here. Reading about how close Poppy and Alex were beifre their falling out was such a lovely reading time, and I loved seeing their quirks and inside jokes together. For this reason, the dual timeline was the perfect storytelling method.

This is the perfect book for someone who’s a romance lover but isn’t super into smut. There are very few steamy scenes here, but I thought the ones included were really well written.

What I didn’t like:

One thing I disliked here about the dual timeline was I felt it sometimes broke up the swing of the story. This was especially found in the steamier scenes towards the latter third of the book.

Out of five:

Four. This was a wonderful book, and will transport you to the (very very hot and) sunny streets of Palm Springs.

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