Before We Were Strangers

A Love Story

    • 4.5 • 133 Ratings
    • $8.99
    • $8.99

Publisher Description

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.

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?


Fiction & Literature
August 18
Atria Books
Simon & Schuster Canada

Customer Reviews

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Before We Were Strangers

I am not sure if my words will capture how much I truly loved Before We Were Strangers, but I really want to try. I have been anticipating its' release since day one, and Dear Renee, you did not disappoint. This book spoke to my heart. It felt like a daydream - one where I wanted to live and, at times, needed to shake myself from the overwhelming emotion that was aching in my chest. It read like my favorite music videos; where I would push my nose to the screen to catch every artistic moment flashing before my eyes, to then just wanting to close my eyes and soak up the lyrics to my favorite song. I read this book with a sense of nostalgia. Every page was lined with vintage floral patterns, well-worn Converse, and rolls of film unravelling on my lap. It was beauty, it was heartache, it was second chances and quirky humor at their best. Moments - this book was filled with moments that literally took my breath away. The soundtrack to every romantic, daydreaming, heartfelt soul is Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino. Press play and jump headfirst into this book. 5 Stars and then some!

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