Title: You and Me on Vacation
Author: Emily Henry/ Narrated by Julia Whelan
Genre: Romance/ Contemporary Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.38
TEN SUMMER TRIPS
THEIR LAST CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE
12 SUMMERS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they’ll never speak again.
11 SUMMERS AGO: They’re forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.
10 SUMMERS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver.
Poppy holds his hand the whole way.
7 SUMMERS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.
2 SUMMERS AGO: It all goes wrong.
THIS SUMMER: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.
You and Me on Vacation is a love story for fans of When Harry Met Sally and One Day. Get ready to travel the world, snort with laughter and – most of all – lose your heart to Poppy and Alex.
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Random House for approving me for an ARC of this book. After reading Beach Read last year and putting it in my top 10 reads of 2020, to say I was excited to listen to this one was an understatement.
Whilst I was excited to start this one there were some nerves too. What if this didn’t live up to the expectations I had after Beach Read? What if I hated it and felt that deep pitted disappointment us readers get when all the hype wasn’t worth it? Thankfully I don’t have any of those feelings instead I am grinning from ear to ear because Emily Henry has done it again! She has written another knockout, romance read packed with charismatic characters and a plot line that I was addicted to.
Even better Julia Whelan delivers a narration that drew all kinds of emotions from me. I was laughing at the banter between Poppy and Alex and I cried during the speeches in those final scenes. Julia gives both Poppy and Alex unique voices and for a woman to deliver a man’s voice in a sexy way is brilliant!
The story switches back and forth between present Poppy and Alex to their past holidays. During the chapters where we flip back we learn how the budding friendship began and it is in these stories that my love for both characters grows. Poppy is loud, fierce and fun but under the surface she has deep insecurities about her future and what she wants. Alex is quiet, reserved and sensible, the complete opposite of Poppy. Nothing about Alex and Poppy should work but they have this way of bringing the best out of each other. Their chemistry is undeniable and the banter between them is second to none.
It was pretty clear from the start where this was heading and whilst some may call it predictable I couldn’t think of a better way to end it. I was rooting for Alex and Poppy as individuals and from their first meeting I was willing them to admit their feelings for one another. Emily Henry has written the perfect romance complete with all the tension and intensity us readers love. By the end I was grinning from ear to ear wanting to start the read all over again.