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People We Meet on Vacation

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers and Beach Read comes a sparkling novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.

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?

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400 pages

Average rating: 7.06




Community Reviews

Jun 28, 2024
4/10 stars
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book and the storyline seemed fun, bouncing between the current summer and prior vacations. About a third of the way through though, eye rolls and yawns for me! I no longer cared and was annoyed by the repetition, particularly the cutesy banter between Poppy and Alex. I really tried to keep going but since I still had like 4 prior vacations to endure, I jumped to the last three chapters to see if it ended the way I expected it to. There was one detail I didn't expect but otherwise, very predictable. I admit that this is my least favorite genre and had it not been a bookclub read, I would have skipped it all together. I also do not like the overly simplified cover art that so many books in this genre have now. I expect all these books to be of the same quality. It's hard not to judge these books by their cover!
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Jun 28, 2024
8/10 stars
Cute story
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Jun 27, 2024
10/10 stars
It speaks to me 💕
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Jun 20, 2024
6/10 stars
Poppy and Alex met in college and became best friends, even though they have nothing in common. Every summer they take a glorious vacation together, despite her living in New York City and him in a small town. The two have been inseparable throughout the years, with nothing coming between them. Well. That is until two years ago. They seemingly have had a falling out and haven't spoken to each other since. Finding herself unhappy with her dream job, she's asked when was the last time she was truly happy. Of course it was with Alex. So she takes a chance and texts him one night, finds out about his brother's upcoming wedding, and "plans" a vacation around it. She asks him if he would be interested and surprisingly agrees. Poppy tries to keep everything original, to do what they used to, make the same jokes. But everything is different now. Their relationship is different. And somehow Poppy has to find a way to be okay with that.
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Jun 17, 2024
10/10 stars
OMG! I loved this book. From the first to the last page. This book made me feel things and reminded me of how terrifying it can be to love someone so much that losing them can destroy you. I highly recommend this book 100%
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