The Burnout

Dial. Oct. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780593730393. $28.99. F
Sasha has reached a level of burnout that most modern workers can commiserate with: a bone-deep exhaustion courtesy of an endlessly pinging email inbox and forced employee-wellness programs that feign compassion; her sole sustenance comes from the prepared-food section of the local market. Sasha finally reaches her limit and has a not-so-private breakdown in front of her colleagues at Zoose, the hottest new travel app. To recuperate, her family sends her to Rilston Bay, the beach town where she vacationed as a child, which holds Sasha’s fondest memories of her late father. She meets a surly, brooding man on the train to Rilston Bay and is shocked and dismayed to see that he’s bunking at the same formerly luxurious (but now completely run-down) resort she used to idealize as a child. But Sasha and Finn soon go from enemies to friends, thanks to mysterious messages that keep appearing on the beach, and discover their futures along the way.
VERDICT Kinsella’s latest (following The Party Crasher) is a light and easy read, with a predictable plot that’s perfect for a summer day. The relationship’s growth and the novel’s nostalgic small-town vibe recall Emily Henry’s Book Lovers.
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