Review by Darcie Czajkowski
Have you ever wished that you could be in two places at once? Of course you have. Who hasn’t? In today’s fast-paced, social media-crazed society, sometimes we feel like we can’t do it all, have it all, be it all to everyone in our lives. Wouldn’t it be great if there were an app for that? A magical electronic tool that we could simply download onto our smart phone that would enable us to be everywhere we needed to be at once?
Say hello to Wishful Thinking, an app that allows a person to time travel in order to be in two (or more) places simultaneously. This is an app that divorced, working mother of two, Jennifer Sharpe, needs. After losing her phone and having it delivered to her doorstep with the app downloaded onto it, Jennifer is intrigued. Okay, at first she’s skeptical, but with the pressures of her job and the amount of attention that being the parent she wants to be demands of her, she quickly changes her stance on the matter and decides to give the app a try. What could it hurt?
Soon she is superwoman in all aspects of her life: at work, at home, and she even makes time for a personal life when she starts dating her son’s guitar teacher. But she also constantly forgets things, even more than she did before, relying on her phone to keep all aspects of her life in check. She’s exhausted from adding more hours into each day and feels the urge to push herself to add on even more obligations, reasoning that she can handle it all. More than anything, she never feels truly in the moment.
Despite these weighty downsides, Jennifer knows the app is essential to her survival. But what will her family and friends say when her worlds overlap and they realize that Jennifer’s been lying to everyone around her?
I adored Kamy Wicoff’s Wishful Thinking. We’ve all been in Jennifer’s shoes, trying to do it all. Life is busy and we all wish we could cram more hours into the day. But this story reminds us that there are only so many hours in a day for a reason. That everyone is just doing the best they can. That we should rally around our friends and family when they need help because one person can’t do it all. Kamy’s writing and story-telling are smooth and sharp, witty and friendly. I highly recommend this winning debut.
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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.
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