Before We Were Strangers - Renée Carlino

Before We Were Strangers

By Renée Carlino

  • Release Date: 2015-08-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,813 Ratings


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?



  • Stunning

    By Beauty in a Rose
    This book had me a chokehold. Such a beautiful love story between lost connections and reliving some of the most beautiful moments of your life. I loved this story.
  • Really enjoyed it!!

    By LLeto7
    Excellent writing and solid characters. I also loved the flow of the story. Such a good reading experience!

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    Finished it in two days! Love it.
  • Read this!

    By samantha37128
    I saw this book recommended on TikTok, and I almost didn’t read it because I thought the missed connections premise sounded cheesy. I am very glad I downloaded it!
  • Blubbering just like Grace 😭

    By karisnglovesparis
    I read this book in 5 days after not reading any books for years. I felt all the emotions of every character so yes I cried, I was angry, and shocked, etc. For a bit I was thinking "There can't be a good ending because of the history and lost time but I want there to be a good ending" and thankfully there was the best ending there could've been. I didn't expect all of the explicit scenes, but the way they were conveyed was amazing and you could imagine everything from every detail explained. I love every use of imagery, it just adds so much to the story. I will definitely be reading more books from this author. 100% recommend!
  • Good book

    By impissed1012
    Kept Me on my toes. I’ve never read a book in 2 days till now.
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    absolutely loved it 😍
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    I can’t even put into words how good this book is! I read it in two days. I couldn’t put it down. A must read!
  • so many emotions

    By Leslie_Delgado
    This is such a beautiful book, totally obsessed and I would recommend.
  • A beautiful love story

    By MeekaGS
    A “what if “ for the ages.