Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff Review


 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 Review:

We could all use extra hours in the day.  Couldn’t we?

In this thought provoking book, Jennifer Sharpe loses her phone and it’s returned with a note and a strange app installed.  She doesn’t quite know what to make of it.  But what if this app is what she really needs?    

Jennifer is a single mother who works long hours at her job along with raising two little boys.  She has trouble making it to school functions and barely enough time to relax at the end of the day.  Wishful Thinking is an app that was put on her phone by an eccentric physicist who lives in her apartment building.  The app allows Jennifer to stop time and be someplace else when she wants to be.  From the comfort of the private bathroom in her office building, Jennifer can use the app and spend time with her kids during day when she would normally be working. 

When Jennifer decides she is using the app too much and things are starting to get out of hand, she asks to have it removed.  But, there is one last travel she needs to make and it has to do with her job and some missing money.

This book was a lot of fun to read and really made me think of what I would use Wishful Thinking for.