Chick lit

You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

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This was one of those rare times when it was not the writing or narrative style that did not work for me, but the plotline (even though it is well done).
I thought long and hard about how I should write this review because the book has already made its waves in the blogosphere and rightly received a lot of praise. Since this is my review of my read, I need to also talk of the things that bothered me without making it seem like it was the book’s fault but also to indicate that if there are others like me out there, to go into it knowingly.
I am a fan of the friends to lovers trope, for the most part. With this book (it is not much of a spoiler), I realised there was one version that I am not a fan of. This is the kind where everyone around them is supposed to know that they are meant to be, but they maintain that they are friends while their respective significant others realise there is something amiss. I do not want to elaborate more on this; if it makes sense to you, you know the scenario that I am talking about. It felt unfair all around.
Now that I have that off my chest, I can move on to the characters and storyline. Poppy and Alex have been taking vacations are friends for a long time. Their friendship is complicated, to put it mildly, and they are extremely different with polar opposite comfort zones, but they work. The author makes a solid case for how they manage to enjoy their time together. Something went wrong a couple of years ago, and Poppy is desperate to get things back to normal with a very odd holiday suggestion. This last-ditch effort throws up memories (and we get a flashback every few chapters at a whole other holiday/meeting).
It is well written and tugged at quite a few heartstrings. All the characters are very vivid, and the interactions between Poppy and Alex and the extended family was highly entertaining, making it a quick read. I would recommend it to readers of this genre.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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