Review: Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

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 book… oh goodness, I wanted to love it so badly, I was mainly attracted to it because of the cover, it is absolutely beautiful and I’m a sucker for pretty covers, and the fact that it was written by Renée Carlino, who wrote the very hyped Swear On This Life so I was very excited to read this book until I started reading it, Wish You Were Here floats around “love at first sight” or “instant love” which I’m really not a big fan of, but I was a good sport and pushed through that and kept reading because maybe I’d love this book despite the instant love.

This book tells the story of Charlotte a young adult living in Los Angeles with her best friend working as a waitress, she jumped from career to career, never finishing college and never finding real love but it all changes when she meets Adam, Adam and Charlotte have an instant connection when they meet, which ends in a night that seemed to be pulled out of the most romantic dream, but when Charlotte wakes up the next morning she’s surprised to find Adam distant, mad and kicking her out of his apartment. At first Charlotte is hurt and confused but she has to move on, it was only a night… but what if she can’t forget Adam? In the end that night was the most romantic ever.

I think there are two main reasons that stopped me from loving this book: first of all. Instant love, as I said, I’m not a fan of it and second of all, Charlotte… Her character is written beautifully, as the whole book is, but I didn’t like her personality, I just couldn’t deal with her. The story itself is nice, it’s not my cup of tea but I know a lot of people might like it since it’s so swoony, dream-like and utterly… I guess romantic, in my eyes, I didn’t find it romantic, but the official genre of this book is romance, so there’s that. But if there one thing I absolutely loved about this book, was Seth, Seth is the cutest guy ever and honestly? I think he deserved better than what Charlotte put him through, I think if this was a story just about Charlotte and Seth, I would’ve loved this book.

To wrap it all up, I didn’t really like this book, but I know a lot of people did because it’s a good book, it’s well written and well-developed, it’s just not the kind of story I’d personally go for. I loved Seth so much

my heart hurt, he’s just the sweetest, nicest, most caring guy ever. This book is worth a shot, don’t just rule it out because I didn’t like it, it might be your new favorite book.




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