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Publisher's Summary

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?

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by NewsweekOprah Magazine ∙ The Skimm Marie Claire ∙ ParadeThe Wall Street Journal Chicago Tribune ∙ PopSugar ∙ BookPage BookBub ∙ Betches ∙ SheReads ∙ Good Housekeeping ∙ BuzzFeed Business Insider ∙ Real Simple ∙ Frolic ∙ and more!

©2021 Emily Henry (P)2021 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“What Henry is especially skilled at is writing dialogue. The banter between Poppy and Alex is so natural, quick and witty that it would make Shonda Rhimes do a slow clap.” (The Associated Press)

“The strength of People We Meet on Vacation [is] the clever observations, the dialogue (which is laugh-out-loud funny) and, most particularly, the characters. Funny and fumbling and lovable, they’re most decidedly worth the trip." (The Wall Street Journal)

“Henry’s biggest strength is in the sparkling, often laugh-out-loud-funny dialogue, particularly the banter-filled conversations between Poppy and Alex. The end result is a story that pays homage to classic romantic comedies while having a point of view all its own. A warm and winning When Harry Met Sally update that hits all the perfect notes.” (Kirkus Reviews)

What listeners say about People We Meet on Vacation

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I’ve never rolled my eyes so much

Ugh what a nauseating book. So unrealistic and cheesy I had to skip ahead parts because they made my eyes roll into the back of my head.

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Best ‘feel good’ book of the year

After a heavy and draining year of going nowhere, I knew that I wanted this summer to be the summer where I can just escape into some good books. On a whim, I purchased this book and it was the perfect slip out of reality! It has been a long time since I’ve read a book that tugs at your heartstrings, makes you laugh at loud and cheer for each character. I appreciated how witty and well developed the characters were and I loved following Alex and Poppy on their adventures around the world. Emily Henry truly captures the harsh (and at times hilarious) reality of what it is like for people who struggle with loneliness, traumatic past events and all the single millennials/GX’s trying to navigate dating and love in the 21st century. I cannot wait to read Henry’s next book!

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romantic drivel

this book just would not end. Same thing over and over and over again. So unrealistic Characters acted like they were 16 not like in their 20s with responsible jobs

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Truly enjoyable!

I loved this, laughed a lot and genuinely enjoyed the banter and characters. Yes the story is predictable but its about the journey, not the destination and the journey through this book was funny, quirky and light - just what you need in a summer novel!

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  • MB
  • 2022-05-19

I would watch the movie True Modern Romance

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is truly romantic and not demeaning to women like traditional romance novels.

The author did a great job of making me care about the characters and fleshing them out, giving them depth. It was also pretty funny.

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cute and simple

some reviews are pretty harsh on this book, and while i’ll admit it’s a simple story, i liked it. i thought it was a nice fluffy easy listen. very cute and hopeful. i recommend it! the guy’s voice feels a little off compared to his personality but it’s not a huge deal. doesn’t ruin the book or anything!

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Typical influencer predictable story So boring hallmark movie in the making. Why does every book start with a girl in the city with some
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Tedious

if you want to wate hours of your life with a plotline which is a forgone conclusion in the first few pages,then you got yourself a winner. The timeline bounces about eratically anchored by tedious exclamations by the main characters ( Oooooh Alex,Ooooh Poppy, Ooooooooh Alex ,Oòoooooh Poppy!) at nauseum.i didnt find the male character well developed and it would have probably been more interesting if his view was a counterpoint in the stoty. I sped up the narration to 1.25. tedious narration to tedious romance. I

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slow to get going

the book was ok.
it took until chapter 15 to catch my interest, but I promised a friend I would finish it so I did.

it's a good book to listen to while doing other things

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good audio book to feel good

If you are looking for a book merely to feel good, to pass the time, this is the one.
Guys created by women authors are ideal and sadly unrealistic!
Just a good book for entertainment, very engaging and fluent.

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  • 2021-05-30

I couldn’t finish

I tried really hard and actually made it to chapter 33 before I just couldn’t do it anymore. (And I was listening while packing my house to move so even making it that far was partly situational). It is the same thing over and over and over. Best friends secretly in love, sexual tension, hurt feelings, misunderstandings, keeping everything bottled in for the sake of the other person. That’s it on repeat. Exhausting.

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  • Michaella P.
  • 2021-06-04

Ridiculous

Please… so unbelievable. So boring. So bad. Don’t do it. Pick something else, you’re welcome.

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  • Haley
  • 2021-05-18

I loved every second of this book

I read Beach Read last year and instantly fell in love with the narrator, Julia Whelan and the author Emily Henry. I knew when this book came out I needed to read it. I’m a die hard fantasy reader but there’s something about this authors writing that is so easy and addicting to read. Julia Whelan has also become my favorite narrator and I’ve already read 3 books shes narrated.

I highly recommend this book if your looking for something to get lost into and laugh out loud.

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  • Jess Kettle
  • 2021-05-25

Slow, boring storyline

I kept waiting for it to get interesting and it just ... didn’t. Chapter after chapter of unnecessary and prolonged sexual tension. I love Julia Weylan’s work, but the book itself was just flat.

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  • Amanda
  • 2021-05-13

Such a fantastic book

I love this book! I have laughed out loud and cried while reading this book and will most likely re-listen and feel all the emotions again.

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  • Karen
  • 2021-05-17

Title misleading, maybe, but loved the book.

The book is more about the crazy mixed up lives of the two main characters and not so much about the people they met on their vacations. Once I got into the book I was hooked. I wasn't a fan of some of the foul language, but not much of it though. I really enjoyed this book and it was different than other mixed up relationship books. The characters were pleasing and funny at times. Don't pass it up. I'm looking forward to another book by Emily Henry. Julia Whelan is one of my favorite narrators.

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  • Rebecca R.
  • 2021-06-03

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I found this book to be just so-so. If it was written to require very little of the listener’s attention then it’s a raging success. It’s without substance and the progression of the two main characters’ relationship is quite predictable. If you’re looking to mindlessly hear a story this is the book for you.

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  • Hailey Davidson
  • 2021-05-14

Wow. Just when you think Emily couldn’t get any better.

This book surpassed all of my expectations. I really was not prepared for how much it made me feel. There was one part in it where I was legitimately sobbing because I could understand what Poppy was feeling to my core. When she was talking about how Sarah didn’t even like karaoke (and Alex does) 😭 I put myself in her shoes and could feel her emotions. Emily has an insane way of being able to create such real lifelike characters. You 100% need to read this book right now. I can’t wait for her next one. Also this narrator is insanely talented. 💕

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  • melissa
  • 2021-05-14

Feelings

This is such an easy listen, I love me some romance books that tap into your feelings and emotions and Emily Henry has done it again. Would definitely recommend to anyone who’s looking to get that fix.

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  • Mike Thompson
  • 2021-05-13

Encore!!!!

Emily Henry Must Be Cloned!!!! That’s the only way I think we can ever have an acceptable amount of her work! I loved this story! It leaves me wanting to go everywhere and nowhere, except to her next book!

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