“And that was the moment I realized: when the world felt dark and scary, love could whisk you off to go dancing; laughter could take some of the pain away; beauty could punch holes in your fear. I decided then that my life would be full of all three.” – 4.5/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: donuts, neighbours, letters, carnivals, vomit-phobia, plots, decks, field trips, blue cocktails, breadsticks, handwritten notes, haunted hats, tuxedos, drive-in movies, line dancing, labradorite and happy endings.
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.
This book is a breath of fresh air. It’s difficult for me to really love an adult contemporary romance, but this was really good and well made. The story is really creative and unique, and the execution is top-notch! There are also a lot of pop culture references to movies and books – which I thought was really cool!
I really like the characters and the romance in this story. The romance felt real and the main characters had amazing chemistry! I also really liked how the author wrote complex backstories to each one of them, which gave a lot of depth to the story.
I’m not a writer whatsoever, but this book made me want to write! It gave me a glimpse of what writing a book looks like and how hard it is to work creatively when you have a deadline. It takes a lot to transform simple inspiration into plots and unique stories with great execution.
It’s difficult nowadays to find a unique romance, but this was really well made. I completely understand and agree with the hype around this book. It’s summery, it’s cute and you’ll be immersed in the story. Can’t recommend it enough!