People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry #emilyhenry @penguinrandom #romance @JanBelisle @absltmom

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A BOTM selection for Jan and I that we both enjoyed. It was a definite break from reading those heavy duty novels we seem to always read. Pick this one up if you are in the mood for a light, witty, fun story.

Jan’s review

Poppy and Alex are the best of friends.  They are total opposites and want different things in life, but somehow it works. Alex is introverted, and lives a traditional life in OH. Poppy moved to NYC, and is a travel writer. She is extroverted, quirky, and loves the  excitement of travel and the people she meets along the way. They agree to go on a vacation together once a year, even when involved in a relationship with other people. (I would have thought this was ludicrous, until the news broke of Bill Gates doing just that! Me? I’m not that understanding!) 

Two years ago something happened that fractured Alex & Poppy’s friendship but Poppy convinces  Alex to agree to one more trip. One chance to repair their friendship. The story  toggles back and forth from the past to the present as we follow their relationship and travels. 

The problem? Poppy is in love with Alex but is afraid of ruining their friendship by opening up to him and confessing her feelings. Plus they are polar opposites and want very different things in life so it would never work. Right? Why take a chance on being rejected? How does Alex really feel about her?

The friends-to-lovers trope is a common one in the rom-com genre, but the author’s writing makes this especially delightful. I loved their witty banter, the vacation settings, and yes, the people they met on vacation. After being stuck at home during the pandemic it was fun to read and dream about exotic vacations.

It’s no surprise how this will end, but the journey there is a fun one. There weren’t any huge surprises (this is a rom-com after all), and the ending was a tad too drawn out, but I appreciated that it ended with some substance. 

I didn’t care for the author’s book, Beach Read, (which could have been due to quarantine brain) but I loved this one. Don’t go into this book looking for realism, but when you need a light-hearted read that will put a  smile on your face, this is just the ticket. 

This was a buddy read with Marialyce, and one we had fun discussing! 

Marialyce’s review

I am not much of a romance book reader, in fact most of the time I really don’t enjoy them at all. Apart from a few Christina Lauren books, I fall into the “never care very much” category. However, I did enjoy People We Meet on Vacation for its witty light heartedness and banter. Even though you knew the ending after a few pages, the road to the end was fun and filled with those missed moments that held the story together.


Could there be any more total opposites than Poppy and Alex? She was a total hippiest character, wandering around, not content with being stationary, and Alex prefers a book at home with a comfy chair. So how do these two become the best of friends? It all started on a shared ride home from college where even though in years to come they lived far apart, they decided to share a vacation together every summer. There, through flipping back and forth through the past summers and the present we see a fine picture of these two. Poppy is gregarious, always with a “smart” answer and strives to be funny with the devil may care attitude, while Alex is oftentimes the serious one. Yet, they click together until something happens and they drift apart for two years. 

Yet Poppy has a plan to recapture Alex’s friendship, someone who means the world to her. She plans a getaway for the two of them and after some soul searching comes to discover that the times she was the happiest were the times spent with Alex.
She doesn’t dare think of the “L” word for wouldn’t that destroy the friendship that have built over the years? Both Alex and Poppy wrestle with their feelings, fearful of what consequences that may arrive. 

As Poppy and Alex come together, we find that at times as good a friendship that you think you have, there might be somethings that are just too hard to say.


Jan and I enjoyed this adorable story and reflected on the fact that even if you share things with your bestie, there is always a stumbling block that can stop you from telling your true feelings in fear of losing that special someone.

and here’ the author:

Emily Henry

Emily Henry writes stories about love and family for both teens and adults. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the now-defunct New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.

Her romantic comedy debut, Beach Read, spent twelve weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list, along with weeks on the Indie and USA Today Bestsellers lists. Her books have been featured in Buzzfeed, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, The Skimm, Shondaland, Betches, Bustle, and more.

8 thoughts on “People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry #emilyhenry @penguinrandom #romance @JanBelisle @absltmom

  1. Excellent review Marialyce. I’m glad we gave the author a second chance and ended up loving it. It’s nice to read a book once in a while that puts a smile on our faces 💖😊

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  2. Glad you both enjoyed this one! Like Marialyce, I’m not a big romance reader either. I usually roll my eyes. 😜 sorry you didn’t like Beach Read Jan. I enjoyed it..surprisingly. Lol.

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