Published by She Writes Press on April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction, General
Paperback provided by BookSparks
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.
This book was so much fun! I so related to this single mom that I actually started to get superwoman syndrome when I finished reading it. (that feeling you get that you do entirely too much for one person, no one ever helps you, and you are pulling it off fabulously) I am back to reality to tell you all that this is a really great read.
Jennifer is a single mom to two boys. She is a recent divorcee and is struggling with not enough hours in the day. Her new boss expects her to work like she has no life. Her ex-husband is rarely helpful with child care and her nanny spends a lot of time with her children. She loves her job, and she is passionate about what she does. So therein lies the problem, Jennifer doesn’t have enough hours in the day. When she looses her phone, a mysterious stranger returns it with a little bonus. The stranger has placed an app called Wishful Thinking on her phone that will allow her to go back in time and redo parts of her day. She is really skeptical, but the app actually works. Jennifer is delighted to find she can do more with the app’s help. Months later, Jennifer is exhausted and not really improving her life, just surviving it. The cost may be more than she can handle though, as she is living three lives, lying to everyone, and aging twice as fast as her peers.
I know the premise makes this sound so unbelievable, but I found in the reading that it was at easy to buy into. The author gives us so much science to go with (in easily digestible terms) and I found myself not caring about it being realistic or not. The science was actually fun to read and it celebrated the accomplishments of women. (how cool is that?) It really didn’t feel like a stretch for me to just go with it. I can imagine how many issues in my own life that would be gone with this app. I could be everywhere and get everything done and still maintain a clean house. Jennifer uses it for realistic purposes and tries to be the best employee and mother of the year. It doesn’t even occur to Jennifer to do something for herself in all of this. Later she adds a little romance time into her day. The author gave us a slow burn sort of romance that I really appreciated.
I loved this story. Jennifer is really a great character. Her life is hopeless without help. This app has all the answers. Jennifer just jumps into using this app to answer all the time constraints of her life. The secondary characters were really outstanding in this book, too. Jennifer’s best friend and her scientist neighbor were really great. I loved the realistic look at her ex-husband, who is obviously over the break up. The last 5 or so chapters I found myself biting my nails. I might have even rooted for her out-loud to my Miguel. This book left me with feeling good and appreciating all the help that I have in my life. I highly recommend this book to every woman. It was just a delight to read.
About the Author
Kamy Wicoff is the bestselling author of the nonfiction book I Do but I Don’t: Why the Way We Marry Matters. Wishful Thinking is her debut novel. She is the cofounder of one of the world’s largest communities for women writers, www.shewrites.com. She is also cofounder, with Brooke Warner, of She Writes Press. She Writes and She Writes Press are part of the SparkPoint Studio family. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.