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… -Goodreads
I think we’ve all been at a point where we wished we could add more hours to the day. There’s so much to do and not enough time to do it all in only 24 hours. But, what if you could add more hours to a day? Would that help? In Kamy Wicoff’s new novel, Wishful Thinking, the main character, Jennifer, is given an extraordinary opportunity to add more hours to her day thanks to the time-traveling Wishful Thinking app. Suddenly, Jennifer is able to live up to the demands of her hard to please boss, spend time with her two young sons, and even start dating again. The extra time should be a dream come true, but instead, Jennifer is exhausted from leading a triple life. Is this new life worth it?
Wishful Thinking is an enjoyable, light read, but it doesn’t shy away from examining the demands on modern mothers who are expected to work, clean house, and raise a family. Is Jennifer cheating by using the app to live up to unrealistic expectations? Jennifer’s coworker is often shamed for not working late and sometimes leaving early because she has a family, yet Jennifer, with the help of the app, is seen as the perfect example of a woman able to do it all. No woman is able to do it all, and I really appreciated that this modern-day fairy tale showed that living up to everyone’s expectations does not in fact give you a dream life.
While Wishful Thinking is easily categorized as mommy lit, I think this is a novel many busy women will enjoy whether or not they have kids.
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