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Lissa's Review: Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino


PUBLISHER: Atria Books

RELEASED: August 15, 2017

GENRE: New Adult, Contemporary romance

LENGTH: 320 pages

FORMAT: ebook, paperback







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.


This is the first book I’ve read of Carlino’s. I do own, I believe, two of her previous books but I haven’t really gotten a chance to read them. That being said, I love a good romance. One that tears at my heartstrings and makes me feel what the characters are feeling. Unfortunately, for me, it didn’t do any of those things.

One of my main things when I read, is I have to connect with a character. Or I can’t really get into the story. We have Charlotte who’s is rooming with her best friend and has a crappy job. So she’s not in the best place in her life at the moment. Then she meets Adam on the street, whose lost after getting a take out order. The whole time I’m feeling as if their interactions were more awkward than anything. But I trudged along, I wanted to get to the real part of the story.

The twist in this story is pretty heartbreaking. I felt for Charlotte in the moment. But some of the things that happen, throughout the story. Just kind of fell a bit flat. This could be one of those epic romances. But without the connection of these two love birds. It didn’t have that epicness.

Overall, I have to be honest and give this Two Boundless Stars. It was ok but could have been better. But as a reader don’t let this stop you, give it a chance and see what your opinion is.

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