People We Meet on Vacation ARC Review

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre: Romance/Women’s Fiction

Heat Level: 🔥

Release Date: May 11, 2021

Publisher: Berkley

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.


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?


Popply and Alex have been constants in each others lives since they first met at college. She’s quirky and sarcastic, he’s shy and a bit on the quiet side. But they understand each other and are the best of friends (strictly platonic).

An annual tradition for them is to take The Summer Trip. A trip that they’ve been taking since after they met in college. They didn’t always stay at fancy or luxurious places. But now that Poppy works for a travel magazine – the options for travel are limitless. In between relationships and break ups, Poppy and Alex have always made time for their Summer Trip. That is until two years ago when their friendship started to fall apart. Poppy misses Alex and decides to see if he’s up for another summer trip. Will they be able to mend their friendship?

People We Meet on Vacation is the story of how the lives of Poppy and Alex have always been intertwined. Told from Poppy’s point of view, the book alternates between the current summer trip and trips of summer past. I really don’t know how to put into words how much I loved this book. The longing, the angst, the sweetness of their relationship – really everything in this book was perfect.

I’ve highlighted so many passages and am looking forward to going back to re-read People We Meet on Vacation. Definitely add this book to your TBR list if you love a slow burn, friends to lovers romance and pre-order before it releases in May!

3 thoughts on “People We Meet on Vacation ARC Review

  1. I wasn’t interested in this book but I read your review last night and went ahead and downloaded the book. You mentioned angst and longing and that’s all I really needed to know about the book to convince me to pick it up. I hope I love it as much as you did!


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