5 heartbreakingly, beautiful stars
This was my first time reading a Renee Carlino book, and boy, I picked the right one to start with. Renee took me on an amazing journey, with her beautiful words. I was so connected with Charlotte on a deep level, in many ways I saw myself in her. I felt everything she was feeling, her loneliness, joy, and heartache. I don’t remember a time where I felt so connected to a female character before this.
I cried my eyes out, I smiled and I even laughed. I truly felt every emotion there was to feel. When an author can get so many different emotions from me it makes the story that much more powerful.
As I sit here writing my review I am brought to tears all over again, that’s how much of an impact the book had on me.
Did I wish the ending would have been different? Yes. Do I think it ended the way it should have ended? Yes as well. As much as I wanted a different outcome I still think it ended the way it should have.
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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.