Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino
[ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review]
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.
I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. Even when I started to have my doubts, I kept waiting for the characters and the story to be redeemed, but alas, that never happened.
I had several issues with this book that kept me from enjoying it. The first was the main character. Charlotte seemed incredibly immature for her age, which is fine, characters don’t have to be perfect, in fact, I like when they aren’t, but she was just straight up annoying. Especially since this character was being praised for how wonderful she is … I just didn’t see it. I kept being told that she was great, but it certainly wasn’t shown. What I saw was a very selfish, immature girl who couldn’t make up her mind.
This book also had one of my biggest pet peeves: I could see absolutely nothing special about Charlotte that made two great guys fall so deeply in love with her (*cough* Twilight *cough*). To be honest, Adam I could somewhat understand. They had a great meet cute, and the chemistry was there, but Seth? Charlotte treated him like crap from the beginning, meanwhile he’s this talented, sweet baseball player who could get any girl he wants, but he continues to be strung along? Nope.
Also, the writing was subpar and, I think, it is because of this that the “emotional” scenes fell flat for me. There was so much potential for an incredibly heart-wrenching story, but because of the writing, I found myself rolling my eyes more than wiping at them.
It’s rare that I don’t agree with the masses when it comes to ratings, and I am absolutely baffled by all the rave reviews. Typically, if a bunch of people love a book, I like it, too. But definitely not this one. ::shrug::
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
There were two moments in this story where the butterflies stirred a bit for me. The first was Charlotte and Adam’s initial meeting. It was an adorable meet-cute and I’m a sucker for those. The second was when they were making up stories about their fake relationship after their first night together. Other than that, I kept waiting for feel something that never happened.
Re-read Worthiness: Nope
It took me long enough to get through this book the first time around. I couldn’t do it again.
Bookshelf Placement: No
The cover is nice, but not nice enough to make up for the content.
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars
Though the best part of the book was the two great guys, I’m feeling pretty lukewarm about them.