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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  8,040 ratings  ·  1,255 reviews
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 w
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Atria Books
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Julianna I'd say no. This is more adult-adult romance lol. There's swearing, and there's somewhat graphic sex. But it was romance. Hope this helps. It was a pr…moreI'd say no. This is more adult-adult romance lol. There's swearing, and there's somewhat graphic sex. But it was romance. Hope this helps. It was a pretty great book :}(less)
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Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-five-stars
5 + Stars!!!

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“Your art, our memories, the memories people have of makes us immortal.When you love someone, whether it be your family, friends, partners, whatever, it's like planting a little seedling of yourself inside of their hearts.”

I can always count on Renee Carlino to write stunning stories. Wish You Were Here is an emotional, poignant, and beautiful story of love, loss, and soul mates. This is one of those books that rocked me to my core. I started reading it, a
Karen Mc
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Have you ever read a book that has moved you so much and means more than you can pen into words? I'm still MESMERIZED—so UNEQUIVOCALLY MOVED—by Renee Carlino's words in Wish You Were Here, a story that STUNNED ME SPEECHLESS. A story that made me melt...made me break...made me think...made me feel. Wish You Were Here made my HEART BLEED and my SOUL SOAR, and I can't stop feeling this romance.

I knew right away that this story was SPECIAL. I knew that Wish You Were Here is the kind of story that st
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3.5 Stars

This novel didn't turn out to be what I was expecting. I'm not a big romance reader and when I started reading this I started to get a bit worried. However, I ended up getting carried away with the story and quite enjoyed it.

Charlotte is in her twenties, lives with her bestie, Helen and has no idea what she wants to be when she grows up. She's had many odd jobs and just as many odd men. No really......very odd men.
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

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

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Renee Carlino takes us on another emotionally charged and utterly heartbreaking journey in her latest novel, ”WISH YOU WERE HERE”. I get why so many people love this story and have cried their eyes out, but I felt a little let down because I didn’t have the same experience. My heart was definitely broken but I think the fact that I loved
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****4.25 STARS****

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Wish You Were Here took me on an emotional and wonderful journey of love, loss, and healing. I do hope you get a chance to read it for yourself to see if you can the same fulfillment as I did. This books makes you question if you can really fall in love with someone in just one night.

I normally don’t feel the authenticity of insta-love in books but I felt it here. Renee Carlino betrayed it
I love Renee Carlino, Before We Were Strangers is one of my favorite books of all time, so it kills me to say I really didn't like this book. A one star review might seem extremely harsh, but I honestly couldn't think of one thing I actually liked about this story. This book follows this girl named Charlotte who is a waitress in Los Angeles, randomly one night she meets this guy named Adam who recently quit his job as a lawyer to paint full time. They share one night together, and then he acts w ...more
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cry-baby-books
4.5 Stars

"How long have we been in love?"

I was completely in love with the story but I'm still not sure I liked the unexpected turn the story takes at the halfway point. Regardless, Renee Carlino did a wonderful job with the characters, the humor, the love, and even the sorrow.


"Love is a wordless secret; it's an inside joke. Only the two of you have to understand it."
Pearl Angeli
4 Stars!

“When you love someone, whether it be your family, friends, partners, whatever, it's like planting a seedling of yourself inside of their hearts.”

I was downright emotional after reading this book. Wish You Were Here was so deep, so heartbreaking and powerful. The plot wasn't what I expected to go but it completely surprised me and it turned my world upside down.

The story centers around Charlotte Ann Martin. She's someone who doesn't seem to have a sense of purpose. Along with
Aestas Book Blog

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

OMG. OMG!!! I'm wiping tears as I write this review. This book was amazing and I honestly did not expect it to take the direction that it did and my gosh ... HOLY FEELS. I mean, that epilogue especially was so emotional!!

To give you a quick idea of what this book is about, the heroine bumps into a complete stranger on the street one night and they just connect. After an amazing night tog
Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Leigh Kramer
1.5 STARS rounded to 2

Well, no one is more bummed than I am that I didn't love this like everyone else did. I think it just came down to personal preference and what I could and could not overlook in the plot. I couldn't connect with Charlotte which I think made the rest of the book feel like a dud. Not here to bash, so I'll end on a positive note that I did appreciate the author's sense of humor and compelling style of writing. For that, I'll go ahead and try her other books that I have on my s
4.5 bittersweet stars

It's not everyday a story comes along, sweeps you off your feet and then completely wrecks your soul. Wish You Were Here took me on a very emotional journey, all the while teaching me some very important lessons in love, life, loss, and finding yourself through the ashes. Definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year!

Carlino is an auto-buy author for me so I didn't even have to read the blurb to know I had to read this book. Going straight in without any pre conceived
Shannon Moore
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Some books you pick up because they sound entertaining, and some books you pick up because you're already a fan of the author. I'm a relatively new reader to Renee Carlino, have been curious about her writing and kept seeing all of the buzz for this book, so it was definitely on my radar. But then I started and was granted so much more than just a story about two people falling in love. It's about finding yourself, even when you don't know where to start looking. It's about embracing life with a ...more
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4.5-5 Unique Stars

"Your art,our memories,the memories people have of makes us immortal.When you love someone,whether it be your family,friends,partners,whatever,it's like planting a little seedling of yourself inside of their hearts." <3

Omg this book ruined me, I finished it two days ago and still thinking about it!Wish you Were Here is an unforgettable,emotional,intense,heartbreaking and sweet story.When it comes to Renee I can't pick which
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This is yet another book with a fairly high rating that I found to be “meh” so I’m going to channel my inner Old Man Potter before I even start . . . . .

In the land of Goodreads 2 Stars means “it was okay” and that’s exactly what this was to me. I didn’t hate it, so I can’t give it 1 Star, and I started reading with my morning coffee on Sunday and was finished before lunch (while also doing all of the chores I hate and cooking muf
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4 Stars!

-"As long as there is love in this world, we will be a part of it."

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Charlotte Martin is a 27 yr. old woman living in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles with her best friend Helen. She's been through many career choices & is still finding herself. She's currently working as a waitress at a cafe & hasn't had any luck finding her Mr. Right.

One evening she randomly meets a man named Adam & the feeling is almost indescribable. She feels such a strong connection to this man & an int
Bex |
Beautiful. Absolutely, stunningly beautiful. And spectacular, and powerful, and heartbreaking... I just don't have enough adjectives to describe my feelings for this book! I've only read one other book by Renee Carlino, and I enjoyed it, but she brought everything to the table with this story. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with these characters, and the story left me bereft (yet hopeful and happy—the hangover is real, y'all!). Wish You Were Here is a gorgeous must-read and one of my favorit ...more
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
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4,5 “no tissues left” stars.

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This book was so emotional that I want to write a different review...

What you’ll get is my own interview while reading the book. I think it will be the best way to convey the many emotions I went through.

- What made you request this book?

“I always wanted to read one of Renee Carlino’s books but never had the opportunity. When I learned an ARC of her latest novel was ready I read
❝Love is a wordless secret; it's an inside joke. Only the two of you have to understand it.❞

Absolutely stunning and tragically beautiful, 'Wish You Were Here', is an emotion-filled love story that will hold your heart captive and make you question your thoughts on life!

This is by far, my favorite Renee Carlino book. It was poignant, it was daring and it was beautiful! I cried buckets of tears, my heart ached and I laughed a little, too.

THIS is what true love is; finding your soul mate and caring
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this is what I did while reading this book - during the WHOLE book!!!


I loved the story.
At first I was scared that it was going to be a love triangle thingy - and I hate those. And yes, there are some triangly things, but it's not a triangle at all.
I loved it. I loved both guys and I cried a lot.
Read it! Don't be afraid!!!!
It's an amazingly beautiful love story. It's so heartbreakingly sad and moving and sweet and funny and ugh - just read it!


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Rachel Reads Ravenously
Swear on This Life is one of my all time favorite books, and I was very much looking forward to reading this one. I really didn't like this book, mostly because of the characters. I felt they were severely underdeveloped.

Charlotte was supposed to be so insightful, yet behaved like an oblivious child most of the book. Adam reminded me of the episode of Sex and the City where Carrie discovered she was dating a man with ADD (even though I completely understand why his behavior was erratic). And Se
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, kindle
I so wanted to read this book and was disappointed that NetGalley did not give me access. To my delight I saw it was only $2.99 on my kindle app. I'm so glad I read it.

What a story!! I loved Renee Carlino's writing. It was not quite what I was expecting but surprised me in a good way. Such a touching story...I was sobbing in parts (you might need a few tissues) but it really made you think about relationships and love. The story is about finding love and losing it. About resilience and new begin
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
5 Tear Jerking Stars!!

“Nothing, I just wish…I wish he were here.”

Oh boy! I’m a hot mess right now. I didn’t expect this book to be everything that it was. I love Rene Carlino’s writing because she has a way with words that creates these epic love stories that are raw and real.  This story far exceeded my expectations.  It’s a story with layers and it was thought-provoking. It not only kept me thinking about Charlotte and Adam for days, but it kept me thinking about life, friendship, relation
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Aug 21, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 50%

I was really nervous starting a Renee Carlino book. I have given this author raving reviews and I have given this author poor reviews. I noticed the reviews of this book split between two sides. You either liked it A LOT or you didn’t A LOT.

I am in the latter. I did not like this book at all. I should have read the blurb and realized what I was getting myself into. ALSO. When people tell me that (view spoiler) That is a spoiler in itself and I rea
Bookphenomena (Micky)
DNF @40%

I don't know if this is just me but I found the writing hugely chaotic. Clearly there was some cognitively degenerative condition going on with Adam. I didn't like Charlotte at all, nor Seth. I found the Helen/Roddy storyline ridiculous and I'm not of a mind to continue. What do you do when you don't like even one character?
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
4.5 stars

I love it when I come across a book that pulls on my heartstrings in the best possible way. I know when I pick up a Renée Carlino book that it will have the perfect blend of inspiration and suffering.

I easily related to Charlotte and her uninspired, directionless life. She has changed college majors and career goals several times. Even her love life is stagnant since. Her lack of confidence causes her to sabotage relationships, although she freely admits she has crap taste in men.

Adam i
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 - 4.5 ★'s

I have to admit this book was a little awkward in the beginning. The characters are awkward, the dialog is awkward and the plot felt sure didn't feel like a Renee Carlino story. But then something emotional happened and I was sucked in...thank goodness.

Charlotte or Charlie is a free spirit trying to find her way in the world. She's tried a few different careers but nothing seems to fit. Her history with men is the same way but one night she meets Adam and at least that
Alexandra Elend Wolf

“Love is a wordless secret; it’s an inside joke. Only the two of you have to understand it.”

Ah, so many emotions are tangled in this book. Isn't that delightful?

Wish You Were Here follows Charlie a girl in her mid-twenties who lives with her best friend, has had three different jobs in a year, changed as many careers, and hasn't been in a stable relationship that lasted more than a year. You could safely say that she is a little lost.

That is until she meets Adam, a mysterious pa
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

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One word for this book- breathtaking. Breathtaking in its beauty, emotions, and hidden lessons on life and love. Perfection. This book evoked so many emotions for me, I can't begin to verbalized them. It's a journey in life for our heroine, Charlotte (aka Charlie, or Fatbutt).

Renee Carlino has the ability to build such endearing characters, I never seem to forget them. Her stories are sometimes quite heavy on emotions, but she truly lessens the load with her humor. One of
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, cry-ugly
Wish You Were Here

Renee Carlino

Received from Netgalley

Holy cow! It took me over twelve hours to finally write this review. WISH YOU WERE HERE shredded me and I still can not let this heart breaking story go! If you want and need a cry ugly session, this is the book for you. I read it in one sitting, unable to stop, and not wanting to. I have never read Renee Carlino before but I am now the proud owner of her backlist! I will spread them out over time as my heart can't take too much breaking all
Jenny Vee
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
I wanted to like this story, I really did. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t like any of the characters and it is plagued by inconsistencies. I’ll admit, I teared up while reading it, I’m not soulless after all, but I wasn’t able to allow my emotions to shield me from the structure and content issues. Ignorance would have been bliss.

I’m not going to summarize the story for you because there’s a perfectly fine synopsis here on Goodreads. If you don’t want spoilers of any sort, stop reading now.

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Renée Carlino is a bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including Cosmopolitan Magazine, InStyle Magazine, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Redbook, Sunset Magazine, Coastal Living and the Union Tribune. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. When she' ...more

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