Friday, April 10, 2015

Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff

Published April 7, 2015 by She Writes Press

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."

My Thoughts…

What mom or dad hasn’t dreamed of being able to add more hours to their day?  The Wishful Thinking app was the perfect answer to this.  Jennifer was trying to be SuperMom.   She wanted to attend every event that her children were involved in, work extra hours to get the bonus’, and have an adult social life; all while not missing a beat.    I could see where this was heading.   The longer than usual days, the extra activities, and the chaos of the scheduling just could not be a good thing.    I am not even sure how Jennifer could keep track of where she was, when, and with who.   
Kamy Wicoff wrote this as the perfect mom read.    It answers the dreams of every parent.  The story is realistic in they was parents are pulled in so many directions in life and don’t always have enough time to do everything that they want or need to do.  The twist of sci-fi is fun and whimsical.   The sci-fi is just enough of a twist, yet it does not make it weird or unbelievable.   I was hooked from the first page and did not want to put the book down until I read the very last word.  

If you are looking for a fun story, with some twists and turns, this is the book for you.  I definitely recommend it.  

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