People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

People we meet on Vacation
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Romantic Comedy, Friends to Lovers

Steam Level: It’s Getting Warmer


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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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People You Meet on Vacation is very much When Harry Met Sally.  Two people who share a ride from college become friends, and well, you know the rest… 

Poppy and Alex are complete opposites, and while I liked that, I have to admit I was a little perplexed as to why they were even friends.  I understood it better in the present, but I wasn’t quite sure how that one car ride sealed their friendship.  Poppy is eccentric, and Alex is well not.  I think the two played well off each other and saying opposites attract for a reason.  

People We Meet on Vacation is told from Poppy’s perspective in alternating timelines, between past and present.  The past shows the course of Poppy and Alex’s 11-year friendship, from how they met to how they deal with each other’s significant others.   I enjoyed the alternating timelines and did not find it confusing as I do in some books.  I felt the back story of these characters was very necessary to tell the current story. I enjoyed the overall story and the mystery of why these two people who were clearly into each other were not only not together but had barely spoken in years.  

Overall I liked this book, but I have to admit I preferred Beach Read.


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