Thursday, July 12, 2012
Review: "What You Wish For" by Kerry Reichs
What You Wish For was a welcome surprise! I was expecting something entirely different, but what I got was an intelligent and well-written fictional book that truly made me stop and think. When reading the "P.S." section at the back of the book I discovered that author Kerry Reichs is a single mother by choice and that this book was inspired, in part, by her personal realizations that families come in so many different varieties today. Gone are the days when families only consisted of a mom, a dad, and 2 children and instead families are now also headed by single parents, single parents by choice, and two parents of the same sex. Reichs really spent some time exploring the different ways that people become parents in What You Wish For and I appreciated her unique perspective.
I had a hard time putting this one down. I was fascinated by each character's different perspective and what they, as an individual, brought to the story. The story is told from five different character's points of view, yet I never found the book confusing. The topic of the book was both timely and interesting and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend What You Wish For to anyone looking for fresh and thought-provoking women's fiction. My thanks to HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a review copy of this book.