Book review: WISH YOU WERE HERE by Renee Carlino

Title: Wish You Were Here
Author: Renee Carlino
Daniela’s rating: 3.5 stars

Daniela’s review

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Before We Were Strangers and Swear on This Life comes a novel about a young woman who reunites with a soulful artist after their magical one-night stand…only to be faced with an impossible decision.

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.

**Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for honest review.

Renee is definitely one of my favourite authors. I’ve always enjoyed her books, some more than others, but overall, I just love the way she writes and the way she describes her characters and makes us fall in love with them, as if we don’t have any say in it. But I love them all.

As always, when I read the blurb of this book I got super excited. I just couldn’t wait to read it and when Netgalley approved me to read it, I almost died. I was so excited 🙂

WISH YOU WERE HERE started off quite good, introducing us to Charlotte, her best friend and a stranger walking down the sidewalk with a bag of Chinese food, looking a little bit lost. What we know about Charlotte so far is that she’s a little bit lost, too and this short encounter with Adam clears her head in ways she never had before. She might still not know what she wants to be or do with her life, but she now knows what she’s supposed to feel like.

The book itself is a fast read and a really enjoyable one. I found it a little bit predictable at times and I couldn’t really connect with Charlotte, there was something in her that I just couldn’t understand. On the other hand, we have two guys: one that’s adventurous, he’s passionate and loves deeply and just plain happy but there’s something off and then there’s the other one, who’s just so undeniably sweet and caring and joyful in his own way. I fell for these two, but there was one that took my heart and I don’t think, at the end, it was not the on I thought I would fall for.

I read this fast. I finished it in just a couple of days and it kept me interested from page one and I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a sweet, fast and good story, but even though I liked it enough, it left me with this weird feeling of “I wanted a bit more”. I do need this book on m shelf though, if only just for that beautiful cover.


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