First, I just want to start by saying that if you’re outside the UK you’ll know this book by the title (and cover) of People We Meet on Vacation.
I was so confused to begin with as they have the exact same synopsis, but nowhere said ‘May be known as X title in X country’ so I emailed the publisher who confirmed that they were the same, just different titles for different regions.
With that out the way, let's dive into the premise:
This was a lovely read and I really liked both Poppy and Alex. I enjoyed watching the friendship develop and how they tried to navigate these changes. I have seen this book being adored everywhere, therefore I don’t know if I was experiencing book hype because I just didn’t love it the way I was expecting to. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it and wished I was lying on a sun lounger by the beach with this in hand, but I didn’t carve out time to read it every day the way I have with other books.
I would have loved to have seen some of this from Alex’s point of view. We only hear from Poppy, and as they have such a long and intwined friendship it would have been nice to have heard some of his thoughts throughout the years.
The more I think about it though, the more I find this book to be such a true and honest depiction of what friendships go through over time, when we are in relationships, advancing our careers, having family issues, and just changing and developing as people. It shows the ebbs and flows of a long-term friendship in such an honest way, regardless of it was a same-sex or opposite sex friendship, regardless of if it was platonic or sometimes blurred the lines.
I would definitely recommend this for a lovely, light, sweet summer read, and I look forward to picking up Beach Read at some point too.