Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Before We Were Strangers - Renée Carlino

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on Before We Were Strangers by Renée Carlino!

Before We Were Strangers
Renée Carlino 
Series: N/A
Release Date: August 18th, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Waited on by: Noor

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

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?


I stumbled upon this book while stumbling through blogs and Goodreads and things of that nature and I feel like this blurb is me as hell. This is exactly the type of book I would totally and completely appreciate. It seems unique, cutesy, heartwarming, and like it could potentially make me cry all in one package. The best part is, if it's good, then I love it and I think it's a great story, but if I hate it, then I can tell right now it'll be type of book I have fun hating so it's a win-win situation really.

Anyway, it looks quite interesting and definitely more like a book I'll genuinely like than a book I'll hate-like so I'll put it on my already long mental list of books to read.

- Noor

What are you waiting on?
Let us know in the comments!


  1. A love/hate story? TELL ME MORE.

  2. Ahhh that blurb! I need this book! I feel like this one's going to break my heart