Monday, September 27, 2021

Audio Book Review: People We Meet on Vacation, by Emily Henry

People We Meet on Vacation book cover and review
I don't read many romcoms, but I decided I needed to shake things up a bit and found People We Meet on Vacation on I enjoyed listening.

Poppy and Alex have been friends since college. Even though she lives in New York City and he lives in Ohio, they always take a trip together each summer. That is until their last trip two years ago. Since then, they haven't spoken.

Poppy has her dream job reporting for a travel magazine, but she isn't happy. She decides to make contact with Alex and plan a trip. The story flashes back year by year and describes how they met and all the trips they have taken together until we finally discover what happened two years ago. It's not much of a surprise.

I enjoyed the "this summer" parts much more than the past. After a few trips, they all just seemed like more of the same, and I wanted to get on with the present story. I also would describe the banter and situations as "cute" rather than funny. I think I only chuckled one time. 

You know going in how this is going to turn out, but there were some interesting twists and turns before you actually get there. There is a nice build-up of tension. I liked the characters and was rooting for the eventual "happily ever after." 

The narrator, Julia Whelan, does a great job. I've listened to her before, and I think she's excellent. You don't think about the voices, you just listen to the story.

If the premise sounds good to you, I would recommend People We Meet on Vacation. It was a nice, quick, satisfying story.

Published by Berkley, May 11, 2021, Penguin Audio
Audiobook obtained from
382 pages

Rating: 3.5/5

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  1. This sounds like a fun change of pace audio. I often need to find something completely different. Now I am listening to an audio of Charlotte's Web, Meryl Steep narrates and it's so sweet so far.

  2. I liked this book, but not as much as her earlier novel, Beach Read. I must admit that I enjoy knowing the ending before it all gets going, perhaps that's the pandemic and my insane job right now talking.


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