Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

About this Book:

“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?


My Five Star Review:

This book was a sweet, sad, romantic and emotionally charged story that will pull at your heat.  Two young college kids met, became immediate friends and a lot more but the timing just wasn’t right.  Missed chances and missed opportunities changed the lives of these two amazingly well written characters.  I loved Grace and Matt from the start but I loved them even more 15 years later which is one of the factors in my I-couldn’t-put-the-book-down.  Get Before We Were Strangers today and take an emotional journey with Grace and Matt through NYU, the East Village, Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam, cello playing, photography, a wedding, divorce, National Geographic and the J train that you won’t forget.

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