Sep 142021
People We Meet on Vacation

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

Narrated by Julie Whelan

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?

I really wanted to love this book and I did. But it came slowly, toward the end of the book. Until then I was just 1/3rd of the way there.

I loved the idea of Poppy & Alex meeting on vacation. I love that they got together every year after that for their yearly vacation together. Until they messed that up. And then two years later they go again and things went the way I wanted until they didn’t. Again.

Even though the book was really good and kept me wanting to know what was next, I wanted to shake them. Neither one was 100% truthful with the other until towards the end of the book. And even then, after a few more chapters I was saying “oh good grief”.

But then the ending came and it was what I wanted all along. Now if only the author does a follow up. I really hope she does so I can have answers to all the questions wandering around in my head about what came after that.

The audiobook was narrated by Julia Whelan, and she did a great job!

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  16 Responses to “People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry”

  1. I agree that Poppy and Alex needed a big shake to get them to get their act together! I also liked this novel.

  2. I love Julia Whelan as a narrator and, I’ve bee debating whether to read this one. It seems the older I get the less patience I have with characters who can’t get out of their own way LOL

    • I agree that Whelan did a great job, I also agree about not having patience with characters that can’t get out of their own way. That was the perfect example to use!

  3. I enjoy audiobooks narrated by Julie Whelan, but this one sounds a little too fluffy for me. Sorry it didn’t work for you!

  4. Here’s hoping for a follow-up so you can get your questions answered!

  5. I also like this narrator, though the romance side of the story is not what I’m reading right now. Maybe in a few months. Right now, I’m down the slope of the mysterious and spooky – ha!

  6. I enjoy Julie Whelan’s narration, too! I started this one in print and had a hard time getting into it, and set it aside. Maybe I should have tried the audio…

  7. I did enjoy this one but totally agree with you about wanting to shake them up at times. A lot of the drama could have been avoided right?

    • I like drama but when two adults obviously have feelings for each other you’d think they would let the other person know before 12 years had passed. So much wasted time 🙁

  8. I enjoyed this one but I felt like I had seen movies or read other books too similar to it for it to be NEW to me. And was it really about people they meet on vacation because they really just kept meeting different versions of themselves. I know. Deep.

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