Book club questions for People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry examines this romance between two best friends. There will be spoilers so for more context about the book, check out my spoiler-free review first.
I really liked this one! People We Meet on Vacation is definitely more of a lighter read—a perfect book for your own vacation. I liked both characters overall and thought their slow burn romance was handled pretty well.
BTW, I’m about to write my top 10 books for your book club in summer 2021 list so be on the lookout for that!
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?
Book Club Questions for People We Meet on Vacation
- Poppy and Alex are so different. What do you think drew them together as friends?
- Have you ever had a friendship turned romance like Poppy and Alex?
- Poppy loves to travel so much that she makes a career out of it. What did she enjoy most about traveling?
- What did you think about all the travels showcased in the book?
- Poppy was bullied in high school and people also judged her eccentric parents. How did that impact her relationships as an adult?
- While traveling is really fun there’s also a question of running away from something when you’re always on the road. What was Poppy running away from?
- Why did it take so long for Poppy and Alex to finally express and show each other how they truly feel?
- But just as soon as they are together, Alex is afraid that Poppy was settling for him. Why did Alex think this? Do you believe there is some truth to it? Why or why not?
- What did you think about the ending? Are Poppy and Alex in it for the long haul? Will they stay in New York or eventually move back full time to Ohio?
- The author said When Harry Met Sally… was behind the inspiration for the book. If you’ve seen the movie, what are the similarities between the two?
- While the book covers all kinds of vacations, the author said in the end this book is about home. What does home mean to you?
- How did the title relate to the contents of the book? Or is it just a random title?
- What’s your favorite vacation you’ve ever been on? Where do you plan to travel next?
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Beach Read by Emily Henry
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.
This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens
Minnie Cooper knows two things with certainty: that her New Year’s birthday is unlucky, and that it’s all because of Quinn Hamilton, a man she’s never met. Their mothers gave birth to them at the same hospital just after midnight on New Year’s Day, but Quinn was given the cash prize for being the first baby born in London in 1990–and the name Minnie was meant to have, as well. With luck like that, it’s no wonder each of her birthdays has been more of a disaster than the one before.
When Minnie unexpectedly runs into Quinn at a New Year’s party on their mutual thirtieth birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has continued to favor him. The gorgeous, charming business owner truly seems to have it all–while Minnie’s on the brink of losing her pie-making company and her home. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each fraught encounter leaves them both wanting more?
A moving, joyful love story, This Time Next Year explores the way fate leads us to the people we least expect–no matter what the odds.