From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.
We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.
You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.
We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.
Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…
I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.
After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?
It’s no secret that I am a HUGE Renee Carlino fan. She writes a book, I read it, and then I gush about all the amazingness I read. Up until now, Sweet Thing (Mia and Will’s story) has been my favorite. BUT now I can honestly saw that Before We Were Strangers has stolen that number one spot. Matt and Grace have seriously stolen my heart and taken up residence in my soul. This was such a beautiful love story spanning many years and much heartache, you cant help but get lost in their story. A wrong step, a miscommunication and a chance encounter take you on a journey so emotionally draining you cant help but fall in love. True to Renee Carlino fashion, this book is written in such a beautiful and lyrical way you truly feel everything they are going through and become totally engrossed in their story. I was gutted. I cried for lost love. I had hope. I cried for a happiness that we all strive to achieve. I was taken on such a journey I don’t ever think I can forget. I was so fortunate to receive and ARC from Atria but once I was finished I immediately pre ordered the paper book. This is a book you need to feel in your hands and proudly display on your bookshelf. You will want to shout to the world just how wonderful it is and what people are missing out on until they read it.
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