Published by Atria on 08/15/2017
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.
Love is a wordless secret; it’s an inside joke. Only the two of you have to understand it.
I have been anticipating Wish You Were Here for what feels like forever. I’m a huge fan of Renée Carlino’s writing. But once I had the book in my hands, I was elated. And then nervous. And I put off reading it. Despite the gorgeous, happy cover, I had a gut feeling that Renée was going to rip out my heart and I chickened out. She does it every time, so why would this one be any different?
I was right.
Wish You Were Here is my favorite book of the year, and one of my favorite books of all-time. I can’t wait until the paperback comes in the mail and I can hold this beauty in my hands and then place it lovingly on my shelf. The impact that this book had on me can’t even be put into words. But I’ll try.
I loved everything about this book. Renée is truly one of the most gifted and talented authors I’ve ever read. She has a way with words that is just so beautiful. She can string sentences together like some sort of word sorceress. Some of the simplest sentences felt like she reached into my chest and death gripped my heart.
I am so in love with Charlotte and Adam. Especially Adam. What an amazing, interesting, awe-inspiring character. I learned so much reading this book. Maybe “learned” isn’t the right word. Reminded. I was reminded over and over again what is really important in life. It was truly eye opening.
I’m not sure what the journey looks like that Renée has been on but the wisdom that lives within her is overwhelming. She pours it into her books and always leaves me in awe. There’s not much that I can tell you about this book without spoiling it or taking away from the story in some way, but I will say that I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
Read this book. Make sure you have tissues—I used 5, plus cried into my pillowcase. Wish You Were Here is one of the best books of 2017. Do yourself a favor and read it.
She gave me this gift before she could have possibly had the wisdom to understand its meaning. I just wanted to say, I hope you know how lucky you are.
With every new release, Renée Carlino manages to solidify her rank as my favorite author. Let’s be real – Renée writes it, I’ll read it. No shame in my reading game. And like Tara, I’ve been waiting for Wish for a loooooong time, my anticipation growing with every new progression towards it’s release date.
And now that it is finally here, I can eagerly tell you that I loved it.
I can’t even really tell you why though. The writing was fantastic. The characters endearing. The storyline emotional. Well, okaaaaay, maybe I can tell you.
Whatever, I think my point is that Renée is consistent. I love that.
Wish even surprised me a little bit. It wasn’t that I didn’t love the romance thread of the story (I did) but I also really fell in love with the relationship between heroine Charlotte and her family. It was genuine and a wonderfully written with lots of laugh out loud moments.
Wish You Were Here is one of my top reads this year and absolutely recommend it.