written by Kamy Wicoff
published by She Writes Press, 2015
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: It’s not bad. But not fantastic either.
Wishful Thinking has a great premise. I mean, what mom, dad, person hasn’t wanted a way to be in more than one place at one time? Or want more hours in the day? I have these feelings quite often. And imagine having an app that allows you to do that! It is a wonderful thought. For the most part, I liked the book, but it didn’t wow me. Jennifer has it rough being a divorced mom of two who is working a high-stress job. But that doesn’t make her unique. Her coworkers, friends, and other moms have the same issues. I never understood why Dr. Sexton gave the app to Jennifer. What made her so special? The science behind the app also bogged the story down for me. It was a good inclusion in that it explained how the wormholes worked, but it was almost too technical for what I had hoped was a lighter read. I can honestly say I almost gave up a few times.
However, I’m glad I finished Wishful Thinking. The ending was fantastic. Actually, the last quarter of the book was worth reading the whole thing for me. I do wish the entire book was written like the end . . . not so much science and more action/intrigue/reason. The end made the whole app worthwhile. And I would have loved to have seen Bill’s face when he made the phone call to Jennifer and Alicia at the end. LOL (If you read the book, you will understand.)
Would I recommend it: Perhaps. It would depend on your reading preferences and what you are looking for. This book may not appeal to everyone.
About the book: Jennifer Sharpe has problems just about any working parent can relate to: her boss expects her to work as though she doesn’t have children, and her children want her to care for them as though she doesn’t have a boss. But when Jennifer suddenly finds herself in possession of a miraculous time travel app called Wishful Thinking, she thinks she may have found the solution.
With the app, Jennifer goes quickly from zero to hero in every part of her life: she is super worker, the last to leave her office every night; she is super mom, the first to arrive at pickup every afternoon; and she even becomes super girlfriend, dating a musician who thinks she has unlimited child care and a flexible job. But Jennifer soon finds herself facing questions that adding more hours to her day can’t answer. Why does she feel busier and more harried than ever? And when choosing to be with your children, at work, or with your partner doesn’t involve sacrifice, do those choices lose their meaning?
About the author: Kamy Wicoff is the co founder of SheWrites.com, the world’s largest online community for women who write, and co founder, with publisher Brooke Warner, of She Writes Press. SheWrites.com and SheWrites Press were acquired in 2014 and are now part of the SparkPoint Studio family. Wicoff’s first book, the best-selling I Do but I Don’t: Why the Way We Marry Matters, was published by Da Capo Press in 2006. Her work has appeared in Salon.com, and has been anthologized in Why I’m Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out on Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does The Dishes (Hudson Street Press, 2006), and About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror (Seal Press, 2008). She serves on the board of Girls Write Now, a mentoring organization in New York City, and also formerly served on the Advisory Council for Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Wicoff lives in Brooklyn with her sons, Max and Jed.