Wish You Were Here (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.

Why do I feel as if I’m the only person three starring this book? Did I read it wrong? What’s wrong with me? What made you love this book?

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First of all, I want to be sure to point out how much I respect Renee as not only a writer but a person as well. She is a very special person to me. But…I have never read a Renee Carlino book that I didn’t just absolutely LOVE. So this is a little tricky for me to write.

“I promise to love you forever. As long as there is love in this world, we will be a part of it.”

I feel like the way Renee wanted this story to go could have been executed wonderfully and a huge hit with a lot of readers if it wasn’t for Charlotte. I couldn’t get on board with her or find the reasons that Adam and Seth did to even like her. I wanted to see the Charlotte that Seth and Adam seen. The way they described her, I wanted to see that but I didn’t. Another thing was how all over the place the entire book was. I guess maybe it wasn’t so much that the book was all over the place but Charlotte was all over the place and I really had to sit back and realize that because of that, the story is going to jump all over the place.

*cough* Insta-love. *cough*

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Also, I really wanted to see more growth throughout the book in Charlotte and I didn’t get that. A lot of the others book I have read that are like Wish You Were Here showed tremendous character growth (i.e. Me Before You) but Charlotte was stuck I feel like for 80% of the book and then it was like Renee just wrote in a whole different character at the beginning of the next chapter to show some sort of transition for Charlotte.

So lets talk about the good and when I say the good I mean Adam. His characteristic and mannerisms are the type that I cling to in real people that I seek friendships with every day. His spunk and his wit had my eyes glued on the page and I just wanted to keep reading more and more about him. But I will say that I didn’t get the history and backstory that I wanted on him. It was vaguely spoken about here and there but I feel like a huge part of the story could have been brought to life with the “history of Adam”.

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I don’t consider 3 stars to be bad. I enjoyed the book, I truly did. I just couldn’t get on the same level with Charlotte that Seth and Adam were on. As much as I tried to get into her head and understand from her POV I just couldn’t and to me that is where a reader struggles. If you don’t connect with the main character or like them in the least bit then you will have a hard time enjoying the book you are reading.



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