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  • Written by: Emily Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (908 ratings)

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People We Meet on Vacation

Written by: Emily Henry
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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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)

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Love it

The narrator is amazing and the banter back and forth is super witty and humorous - totally worth the credit

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Excellent, so many emotions all at once!

Loved this book so much. Highly recommend. So many emotions felt while on this journey with Poppy and Alex. I hope we see them again in a continuation!

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Great Story

Great story but I felt like we knew the ending right from the beginning. Loved all the detail about this love story.

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Friends to Lovers

I do love this trope. After all it defines my own relationship. But Ive always felt some relationships are better as a friendship which is how I feel about Alex and Poppy. However, I did love listening to the recounts of 12 summers. A perfectly adequate summer read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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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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Not as steamy as others

Entertaining read. More of a love story than ‘beach read’ and expected it to be a bit sexier.

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Ok..

I love Julia Whelan and tend to search her out. This story was a bit too unremarkable but Julia’s narration is always awesome.

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Cute Story - A little predictable

I enjoyed the narrative and the cute dialogue.
A little drawn out and predictable,
However, it was an enjoyable storyline that was pleasant and lifted my spirits.

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Wow!!!!

Oh my dear lord, this is a good book! Friends to lovers is definitely a new favourite trope!

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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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