While cruising along on the BookSparks 2015 Summer Reading Challenge, I’ve had great fun with this title by Kamy Wicoff: Wishful Thinking (April 2015 release by She Writes Press).
I travelled with it to New York City this past week to attend BookExpo America (BEA). Reading it during a business trip while my four kids were in Virginia really drove home the need for moms to be in more than one place at any given time . . .
Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff
Jacket Copy: Jennifer Sharpe is a single mom of two struggling to balance her work and home life. One fateful day, a brilliant physicist decides to play fairy godmother and install a time-travelling app on Jennifer’s phone: Wishful Thinking. Jennifer is finally able to devote herself fully to every aspect of her life, but why does Jennifer feel more busy than ever?
My Book Review: I read the book with great enthusiasm because I loved the premise and wanted to learn more about an app that would allow a single mother to never miss a family event while still tending to the demands of a full-time job.
In this crazy, over-scheduled life we lead, there’s an audience of MILLIONS of readers in Jennifer Sharpe’s shoes and I know I’ll refer to this book often when talking with other women about the need to clone ourselves and/or be in more than one place at the same time.
Kudos to Kamy Wicoff for writing the perfect cast for the story. At the center is Jennifer Sharpe, a single mother with a job that’s become more demanding at the same time her ex-husband, Norman, applies custody pressure on her; a physicist fairy godmother character, Dr. Diane Sexton (“the Shoe Lady” – made me think of Cinderella and Dorothy), who creates the technology, explains the technology, and saves the day when Jennifer misuses the technology; Vinita, Jennifer’s best friend since college, who questions Jennifer’s use of the app; and Alicia, a co-worker central to a plot twist that poses an interesting question to both Jennifer and the reader.
There’s tension, adventure, and humor – but always, the underlying truth that modern women experience enormous pressure to be all things to all people at all times. In a brilliant weaving of tension, the strain between women (and society) is explored in this Cinderella/Dorothy story about high standards and the desire to be that perfect, mythical woman who “pulls it off” with aplomb. The book explores choices and the consequences of those choices, but also the pressure that comes when you have no choice, and must make the best of your circumstances.
Loved the fantasy, loved the paradox, loved the book.
Read Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff.
Find it here: http://amzn.to/1J48db1
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, and founder of one of the world’s largest communities for women writers,www.shewrites.com. She is also founder, with Brooke Warner, of She Writes Press. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
Find out how it all began: READ 5th Annual BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge and My Travels Have Begun!
1. The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen
2. The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek
3. Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff
4. The Balance Project by Susie Orman Schnall
5 . Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
6. Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde
7. Pieces by Maria Kostaki
8. Summer Secrets by Jane Green
9. It’s You by Jane Porter
10. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
11. Beautiful Girl by Fleur Philips
12. The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop
13. The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri
14. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
15. Anchored by Brigitte Quinn
16. Satisfaction by Andee Reilly
17. A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
18. Star Craving Mad by Elise Miller
Thank you, BookSparks!