What You Wish For ARC Review

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Heat Rating: 🔥 (some kissing)

Release Date: July 14, 2020

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher

In Katherine Center’s What You Wish For, Sam has chosen to embrace joy. She’s a librarian at a local elementary school and loves quirky things like polka dots and dying her hair pink. She loves the leadership at her school and has found other teachers who embrace joy just like her.

She moved from another school a few years ago and hasn’t really kept in touch with the other teachers she used to work with. She mainly left because of a crush on another colleague who didn’t return any of the feelings that Sam had for him and she needed a new start.

When tragedy strikes and a new principal enters her elementary school none of the teachers know what to make of it. But Sam knows Duncan or rather she used to know Duncan when they worked together a few years ago. This is the same Duncan that Sam had a crush on.

Sam knows that Duncan used to be so great with kids! He was funny and kind and was always a shining light. But principal Duncan is not the same Duncan that she knew when they taught together in the past. This Duncan is hell bent on re-doing the schools security. He sees everything that Sam and the other teachers love as a potential hazard and way for intruders to get in to the school and harm children. With the rising amount of school shootings in America, Duncan is out to make a change. And to make matters worse he doesn’t seem to remember Sam. Will Sam be able to get through to him and to preserve the school that she loves so much.

After reading Things You Save in a Fire last year, I was really looking forward to reading Katherine Center’s new book What You Wish For. Katherine Center is such a talented author. I love her prose and the ability and ease in which I can read her books. She has a way of completely immersing you in the world that she’s created. As soon as I started reading What You Wish For, I couldn’t put it down. The first half was done so well, but the second half felt a bit rushed and not as developed. There were certain storylines that I didn’t feel necessarily added to the story. A lot of character arcs felt incomplete and I didn’t feel emotionally connected to them.

What You Wish For was still an enjoyable read, but I wanted to love it more than I did. Overall I would give it 3.5 stars. I’m looking forward to Katherine Center’s next book!

2 thoughts on “What You Wish For ARC Review

  1. Wonderful review Tej, I enjoyed this one, but thought it didn’t quite measure up to her earlier books. I think for anyone interested in a lighter less emotional story, this might just be the right one for them.

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    1. Thank you, Corina. I agree – it was definitely a lighter story with wonderful writing, but just didn’t hit the mark with me completely.


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