Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff

Jennifer Sharpe is a divorced mother of two with a problem 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, through a fateful coincidence, a brilliant physicist comes into possession of Jennifer’s phone and decides to play fairy godmother, installing a miraculous time-travel app called Wishful Thinking, Jennifer suddenly finds herself in possession of what seems like the answer to the impossible dream of having it all: an app that lets her be in more than one place at the same time. 

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 childcare 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? Is she aging faster than everyone around her? How can she be a good worker, mother, and partner when she can’t be honest with anybody in her life? And most important, when choosing to be with your children, at work, or with your partner doesn’t involve sacrifice, do those choices lose their meaning? Wishful Thinking is a modern-day fairy tale in which one woman learns to overcome the challenges—and appreciate the joys—of living life in real time.

Received for review.

This was an amusing read even for those of us who are not mothers.  Everyone always has too much to do and not enough time to do it in and this offers some amusing insight into the problem.  

While the time travel aspects were not entirely accurate it's a fun element and very different and made the story less traditional whiny WASP Chick Lit and (oddly) more realistic.  

I didn't particularly like Jennifer as a person and wouldn't like to know her in real life but the story was well written enough to keep my interest throughout.

Overall this is a light, entertaining read that is perfect for the beach and I certainly recommend it.

★★★☆☆ = Liked It

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