Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff

Do not allow the whimsical cover on this book fool you into thinking this book isn't richly written and wonderfully nuanced. Yes, the premise is a bit far-fetched, but the writing in this book is simply wonderful, and the story has you thinking, "would I fall for this same scenario?" The truth is, we are incredibly busy. As a mother, I though having babies and toddlers left me busy and running around. I knew nothing of busyness until my children became involved in sports, and traveling for said sports, and my schedule became more compact and impacted. Some days I am so busy my head spins. There were times I wished I could clone myself into another person so that one day I could just come home and lie down. That's it, just lie down. Maybe even read a book somewhere besides the front seat of my car. If you can identify with anything I've just said, this book is for you. Anyone who has had a job that took up even a minute of your leisure time can identify with this book. 


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.

If there is a book that has been an unexpected gift to me, it has been Wishful Thinking! Thank you Book Sparks! 

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