Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino


Title: Wish You Were Here
Author: Renee Carlino
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Atria 
# of Pages: 320
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Pre-Order: Amazon | Chapters 

Book Blurb: (Goodreads)

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.


I couldn’t put this book down. I pulled it up on my iPad thinking I could read a few chapters before bed, and the next thing I know it’s 2 in the morning. This book should come with a disclaimer stating that you shouldn’t start it unless you have a few hours on your hands, not only to read this story but to process it. I don’t want to give away any spoilers for this one, it’s one of those stories that I think will impact readers so much more if they go into it blind. Every once in a while I come across a book that just blows me away, a book that I can’t stop thinking about for weeks and this is without a doubt one of those books. It doesn’t just tell you a story, it makes you feel absolutely every emotion.

Carlino introduces us to an addictive cast of characters. They are all equally captivating and flawed in their own ways. The main character, Charlotte, was so frustrating and yet I couldn’t get enough of her. She was perfectly imperfect. I loved that Carlino didn’t only focus on the romance aspect of this story but also explored  family dynamics. I adored the relationship and witty banter between Charlotte and her brother.

Carlino’s writing was beautiful. I couldn’t help but highlight certain lines throughout the story because they just spoke to me. There was not one part of this book that didn’t have my absolute full attention. Carlino had me both laughing and crying, and I loved every minute of this reading experience. I highly recommend this novel. I am so grateful that I was able to receive an ARC from Atria via Netgalley but I definitely think this will be one I have to have on my shelf. This had everything I look for when I open a book.

Rating: 5/5

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