A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They're polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
May 18, 2020  |  384 pages
(Read from May 16, 2020 to May 17, 2020)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
This book was... a delight, to say the least. Not in the "super fun beach read" way I thought it would be, but in the can't-put-it-down kind of way where you were really rooting for these characters to pull it together. The descriptions of the writing process both called me out, as an author, and kept me invested, leaving me wishing I could read the resulting books mentioned in the story. If I could find fault in this book at all, it would only be the fact that every time something went slight  (+1 vote)