12 YEARS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other and are pretty confident they’ll never speak again.
11 YEARS AGO: They’re forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.
10 YEARS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver.
Poppy holds his hand the whole way.
7 YEARS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.
2 YEARS AGO: It all goes wrong.
THIS YEAR: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.
Friends to lovers over a slow-burn.
They obviously knew the entire time their feelings for each other and both at times did make excuses, but they were happy at being friends. It was one of those novels that was so very obvious how they both knew.
I was listening to the audiobook version so at the beginning I was confused when it was going from the present to the past and so forth.
Some people are just incorrigible. They both certainly seemed this way until the end when Poppy eventually realised things on her own. You can see how Alex’s thoughts of “Poppy thinks I am boring” comes from based on her attitude of always having to travel and to meet strangers, but not get close with these encounters. But just to meet so many of them. It is only at the end she finally realises some common sense.
However elements of this novel was relatable for example, being an adult and doing adult tasks such as looking after yourself and getting up to go to work because this is what adults do. You do not get handouts, from wherever is giving ‘freebies’ you simply have to get up and work for it at the end of the day.
It was clear to see that Poppy was depressed when Alex told her she needed to work out what she wanted as she kept playing games with him (such as the lie to get Alex on the trip).
It was cute overall and it did seem real however. Alex AND Poppy both treated his ex terribly. You do not be THAT close with another member of the opposite sex with the same sexual attraction interests because it just causes problems for the one you are in a relationship with plus, it just isn’t appropriate.
I really enjoyed the travelling elements as well. However I did find Poppy to have an immature outlook on life of presuming her hometown is crap and she needs to get out of there and anyone there is crap, oh except for Alex because IL him type of attitude. I feel Emily Henry is one of those writers who writes novels that I would love to see on TV as it would be entertaining. But for reading it gives me a bit of a headache.