Wish You Were Here, A novel by Renee Carlino
You know when you’re looking at someone and you can’t help but smile at how oblivious they are to their own charm? That’s what was happening to me, and it was making me feel…happy. Euphoric. Something indescribable. It was like we already knew each other, like we had met in a previous life. Memories that didn’t exist began exploding in my mind like fireworks.
Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, searching for a spark to jump-start her life and give her a sense of purpose. She’s had as many jobs as she’s had bad relationships, and now she’s feeling especially lost in her less-than-glamorous gig at a pie-and-fry joint in Los Angeles, where the uniforms are bad and the tips are even worse.
Then she collides—literally—with Adam, an intriguing, handsome, and mysterious painter. Their serendipitous meeting on the street turns into a whirlwind one-night stand that has Charlotte feeling enchanted by Adam’s spontaneity and joy for life. There’s promise in both his words and actions, but in the harsh light of morning, Adam’s tune changes, leaving Charlotte to wonder if her notorious bad luck with men is really just her own bad judgment.
Months later, a new relationship with Seth, a charming baseball player, is turning into something more meaningful, but Charlotte’s still having trouble moving past her one enthralling night with Adam. Why? When she searches for answers, she finds the situation with Adam is far more complicated than she ever imagined. Faced with the decision to write a new story with Seth or finish the one started with Adam, Charlotte embarks on a life-altering journey, one that takes her across the world and back again, bringing a lifetime’s worth of pain, joy, and wisdom.
Abby’s 5 gigantic blushes
Alright, so we’ve reviewed this one already, but I just started it at 9:30 last night and it’s not even 12 hours later and I’ve finished and I have to blog about it. I started a blog because I read a book that made me have this feeling, you know the one where you want to shout to the heavens. It makes you want to contact the author, oh, and Renee’ did get a pm from me and it was past 1 am. This is the kind of book that made us come up with this blog. It kept me up well past my bedtime and then as soon as I could I devoured the rest this morning. So what if I was greedy book lover with this one. I needed it, I wanted it and so I read without pause.
There were moments in this book. Moments, when I felt like, that was a time in my life, or I knew that lost but free feeling. Maybe that is your twenties? Anyways, I digress. I’m still in a book high and rambling about its perfection. My point is this book had me feeling all over the place. I had this sense of awe while reading.
There is this place in the book when Charlie is making love and He is all like “Feel Me” It isn;t that he’s talking about him inside of her, well, I guess he was because he was in every part of her, figuratively and that was utterly beautiful. I got goose bumps. I felt like that moment in The Notebook when Allie runs in the rain kissing Noah, that moment that all romance lovers fawn over because of the intensity.
And then Renee broke me.
And then she taught me.
And then healed me.
I feel so much.
What a talent Carlino has to take me on this rollercoaster journey of emotions. Will and Mia cemented a place in my heart in Sweet Thing and this book will as well. It’s easily one of my favorite reads this year.
I want to do something spontaneous because of it. I want to sail. I want to go stare at art. I want to dance in the rain. I want to erase it from my mind and start all over again to relish in the words and feelings. God, this book made me happy and sad and a bit of looney if you’re wondering why I want to do all of those things.
Its words of gratitude and living for today were taken to heart and Carlino’s message was loudly received.
This book, yeah it’s everything.
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com