I’m not quite sure what to say about this book. I put off reading it for so long because I thought Renee Carlino had lost her mojo. Her last novel, After the Rain, was total garbage. TOTAL. GARBAGE. I loved Sweet Thing, but after the train wreck that was After The Rain, I was convinced that I would be wasting my time with Before We Were Strangers.
I don’t know that I can put into words how much I loved this novel. It’s so far my favorite read of 2016. It was a super gut-wrenching story of two college lovers who lose track of each other and are brought back together by a chance encounter.
The book reminded me a lot of True Love Story by Willow Aster, but almost a “light” version. It didn’t hurt my heart as much to read Before We Were Strangers. True Love Story tore up my insides and then did a shoddy job of stitching me back together. Before We Were Strangers is much more satisfying. It still touches your soul and makes you ache for its characters, but it doesn’t torture you with angst, uncertainty, and lack of resolution.
This book is magical. It felt magical while I was reading it. You should read it too.