The Blonde Bookworm: Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino -- Review

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino -- Review

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Title: Wish You Were Here 
Author: Renee Carlino 
Pages: 320 
Publishing: August 15th 2017 by Atria Books
ISBN: 1501105825


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.


Be still my heart. This book was everything. I am not the type of person who gives out 5 stars like candy so for me to be telling you in the first paragraph of my review that you need to stop what you're doing, run to your nearest bookstore and buy this novel... well its saying something! I don't often finish a book in one sitting, but when I tell you I literally could not stop reading this book (like brushing my teeth with my right hand and still holding the book in my left) I seriously mean it. Before I even go on... buy the book. Just do it. And thank me later (because, duh, you're going to love it). 

Ok, so for the important stuff. The characters. They were complex, funny, smart, and I was cheering for all of them. Charlotte is such a relatable soul and I just found myself wanting to be best friends with her and Helen. Then, enters Adam -- drooling BRB. Ok, but seriously, he's smart, funny, artsy, spontaneous and everything else perfect. I would literally stop being friends with you if you tell me you don't like Adam's character. I think I could talk about him forever, but I'll spare you. 

Wish You Were Here is emotional, hysterical, and heartwarming all at the same time. I loved every second of this story and cannot wait to pick up more from Carlino. This novel is perfect for readers who enjoy romance novels and it reminded me a little of Me Before You, but in a totally different way. Thank you so much to the folks at Atria books for sending this novel my way. Now, PLEASE go read this book! 

Rating 5/5 


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