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Happy Place


"The beach-read master hooks us again."--People

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by BuzzFeed ∙ Paste Magazine ∙ Elle Southern Living ∙ SheReads Culturess ∙ Medium ∙ Her Campus Readers Digest ∙ Zibby Mag and more!

A couple who broke up months ago pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends in this glittering and wise new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry.

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college--they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now--for reasons they're still not discussing--they don't.

They broke up five months ago. And still haven't told their best friends.

Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group's yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blissful week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they'll all have together in this place. They can't stand to break their friends' hearts, and so they'll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It's a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one front of those who know you best?
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416 pages

Average rating: 7.21




Community Reviews

Jul 03, 2024
9/10 stars
very good quick read! lighthearted, but had me crying at the end
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Jun 14, 2024
3/10 stars
I don’t think it shouldn’t take 20 chapters to get good… the flashbacks that Harriet had were hard to understand when they were happening.
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May 30, 2024
9/10 stars
I did not want to put this down.
Me throughout reading this book:
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May 24, 2024
10/10 stars
This book made me CRY IN PUBLIC. A story of love persevering? Of growing up and realizing your life has changed, but the people in it have stayed the same?? Even though they've changed too??????? Shut up!!!! Their cottage and the village reminded me so much of Martha's Vineyard that alone could make me cry too tbh
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May 17, 2024
6/10 stars
My problem with this book is that the miscommunication is so unbelievable and blatantly written to cause issues between the two MC, I just found it annoying. They were together for 10 years. TEN YEARS! You’re telling me at no point, while they are trapped in a house together, Harriet wouldn’t ask “why did you break up with me?” She keeps saying Wyn is sending mixed signals and acts like they’re still a couple. Clearly he’s conflicted. Why wouldn’t she ask him?!

Also, I could not believe she just gave up on being a doctor. I understand surgery was too stressful and she did not enjoy it, but did she hate being a doctor in general? Could she have gone into family medicine? I could not believe she was basically like, I’m going to pay back my HUGE loans and give up all my knowledge as a doctor to become a full time potter.
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