The Burnout by Sophie Kinsella is a delightful rom-com of the grumpy vs. sunshine trope, with a charming cast of characters.
This book is part of My Fall 2023 Reading List.
Sasha is burnt out from work and life. When her employer orders her to take some time off to recover, she ends up going to the seaside resort she used to visit with her parents. She has such fond childhood memories from her stays there! As soon as she arrives, though, Sasha realizes the resort isn’t what it was. The hotel is now in shambles, but Sasha decides at least she’ll be able to enjoy the beach all to herself since it’s the off season. She soon meets a fellow resort guest, Finn, who’s also burnt out and looking for solitude. Their initial meeting isn’t off to a great start, and he definitely lets his grumpiness shine. When they start finding secret messages on the beach, they both put their differences and need for solitude aside, in order to figure out what the messages mean.
What the dilapidated resort lacks in comfort and entertainment, the staff makes up for with their service. They’ll even search high and low for the elusive kale to prepare smoothies for “health-conscious” Sasha 😆. The hotel staff is comprised of a group of quirky and endearing characters, who truly elevate the charm and humor of the story. For me, the laugh out loud moments were provided courtesy by the hotel staff and the extent of their customer service efforts.
Sasha and Finn were likable, and I enjoyed their banter. However, although the situations and banter were up to par with what I’ve come to expect from Kinsella, Sasha’s character wasn’t. Her raunchy character took me by surprise. I’ve enjoyed every book this author has written, but I’m not a fan of the new direction of the raunchy/no filter main character. Overall, this is a light and entertaining story, which is what I’d expected. The seaside setting and charming characters make this an enjoyable read from beginning to end.
I recommend this story, whether you’ve been a long-time Kinsella fan or not. If you’re looking for a cute, light, entertaining, and uplifting story … this is it. I listened to the audiobook, and enjoyed the narration.
Have you read this book?