If you’re looking for your next summer read, look no further than Emily Henry‘s newest book: Book Lovers. It’s my favorite book I’ve read this year, and I think it’s Henry’s best so far.
So, let’s give you a rundown to set you up to want to pick up your own copy.
Book Lovers focuses on the life of Nora Stephens. She loves books. Her whole world revolves around them. Especially since she’s a literary agent. It’s established very early on that while she enjoys reading love stories, her actual love life is non-existent. That is until her sister forces her to go on a trip to Sunshine Falls, a small town in North Carolina.
In this small town, she runs into Charlie Lastra, an editor that she met in NYC. And let’s just say Nora and Charlie’s dinner in NYC did not go well. But the two quickly get to know each other better through sarcastic texts and conversations over the world’s worst salad and terrible names of businesses like “Cut N Dye”. Nora and Charlie have banter and sarcasm down to a science. And there were times in Book Lovers that my sides hurt from laughing so hard.
While Book Lovers is absolutely hilarious, there are some more serious moments too. Nora didn’t have the easiest childhood, and we learn why work is so important to her. Nora also feels responsible for her sister and has based most of her life choices around protecting and providing for her. I felt like I could really relate to Nora as she struggles to balance her personal life with her job.
I also appreciated that Charlie is a good guy. And we learn that pretty early on. While we do love the occasional story about the good girl falling for the bad guy, this was a nice change of pace. It made rooting for Nora and Charlie’s relationship even easier. And we learn that Charlie hasn’t had the easiest life, either.
Book Lovers checks all the boxes for an amazing light, fun, and quick summer novel, but it’s so much more than that based on the backstory and the stereotypes it pushes back against while staying true to the heart of romance. And if you check it out, it may just end up being your favorite book in 2022. Especially if you like sarcasm as much as I do.
If you end up loving this book, you should also check out Emily Henry’s other novels, especially The People We Meet on Vacation.
Book Lovers is available now wherever books are sold.