FICTION

Wish You Were Here

Atria. Aug. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781501105821. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501105838. F
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Charlotte and her best friend Helen hit the bar after their waitressing shift at an L.A. diner, which leads to the best night and worst morning of Charlotte's twentysomething life. The magical, sexy hours spent with Adam, a lawyer-turned-artist, quickly fade when he abruptly kicks her out. Charlotte already feels adrift in her own life, without a promising career or successful relationship, but this sends her reeling. She can't get past Adam, although she makes an effort with baseball player Seth, whom she meets online. Just as things start to seem promising, Charlotte hears unexpected news about Adam and tracks him down. Now she must choose between supporting joyful, optimistic Adam through a difficult time or exploring life with sweet, funny Seth. Meanwhile, Helen leaves her behind for a guy, and the younger brother she sparred with becomes her new roommate. When Charlotte finally faces the tough choices in front of her, instead of running away as usual, her life changes forever as she finds a surprising new path and unexpected strength.
VERDICT Carlino (Swear on This Life) writes a bittersweet, funny story about the challenges of adulting and navigating relationships.

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