Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

by Kamy Wicoff

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Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631529764
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 866,568
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Kamy Wicoff is the founder, with author Deborah Siegel, of SheWrites.com, the world's largest online community for women who write. She is also the founder, with publisher Brooke Warner, of She Writes Press. Wicoff’s first book, the best-selling I Do But I Don't: Why The Way We Marry Matters, was published by Da Capo Press in 2006. Her work has appeared in Salon.com, and has been anthologized in Why I’m Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out On Love, Loss, and Who Does The Dishes (Hudson Press, 2006), and About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror (Seal Press, 2008). She serves on the board of Girls Write Now, a mentoring organization in New York City, and also formerly served on the Advisory Council for Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Wicoff lives in Brooklyn with her sons, Max and Jed.

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Wishful Thinking 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
brucemum More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in a while. Jennifer Sharpe is a 39 year old, divorced, working mom with two young sons, and never enough time to get everything done. Her boss wants her to work more, her sons want her to spend more time with them, and Me time for Jen? Just not happening!! Until the night Jen loses her phone. When the kindly but eccentic physicist who lives down the hall retuns it, an app called Wishful Thinking has been added. It seems this app will allow you to be in two places at once. Great idea? Jen thinks so, until she begins schedule so many things that "extra time" seems to become one more chore, and she begins to learn that sometimes the things we make time for are more precious than the time we just take for granted. Throw in the crazy but kind physicist, an old friend who has the "perfect life", a driven co-worker, and a villianous boss, and you have a story that simply draws you in and hold on to you. I read this book in two sittings. Yes, I read a LOT, but at 370 pages, that's saying something!! I simply loved all the characters, and could not wait to find out what would happen next. For those of you scoffing because you don't like SciFi, neither do I. This book takes that science base, and uses it to tell a fairy tale. I will admit to not understanding all the science that was behind this (and briefly explained in the book), but it never mattered. I got the gist of it, and I enjoyed every minute of the story!!
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
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.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings One woman is trying to be a full time mom, a full time professional and a full time single woman and she just doesn't have enough hours in a day and in walks a neighbor with an electronic app that can help her be full time in all aspects of her life.  First, let me say, I am not a mom to children, but I do have two great pups and a house and a husband and a full time job.  I can feel the pull to want to be full time in each of my "jobs", so this book spoke to me even without two legged kids in my possession!  
MargaretA1 More than 1 year ago
The best stories begin with "What If?" What if there WERE an app that could get you extra hours each day not only to be a star at work but to have extra quality time with your kids as well? I've been divorced (and now happily remarried) and I've always worked but I'm not a mom so I can't really know what it is like to be a single mom with both kids AND a demanding job. Even so, I was captivated from the first by Wishful Thinking! I could immediately relate to Jennifer Sharpe's desire to get more done in the time she didn't have. This is a fast-paced page-turner that I devoured in two days. I heartily recommend it to anyone who has ever said to himself (or herself) that there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. What if there could be and what effect would THAT have on YOUR life?
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: It’s not bad. But not fantastic either. Wishful Thinking has a great premise. I mean, what mom, dad, person hasn’t wanted a way to be in more than one place at one time? Or want more hours in the day? I have these feelings quite often. And imagine having an app that allows you to do that! It is a wonderful thought. For the most part, I liked the book, but it didn’t wow me. Jennifer has it rough being a divorced mom of two who is working a high-stress job. But that doesn’t make her unique. Her coworkers, friends, and other moms have the same issues. I never understood why Dr. Sexton gave the app to Jennifer. What made her so special? The science behind the app also bogged the story down for me. It was a good inclusion in that it explained how the wormholes worked, but it was almost too technical for what I had hoped was a lighter read. I can honestly say I almost gave up a few times. However, I’m glad I finished Wishful Thinking. The ending was fantastic. Actually, the last quarter of the book was worth reading the whole thing for me. I do wish the entire book was written like the end . . . not so much science and more action/intrigue/reason. The end made the whole app worthwhile. And I would have loved to have seen Bill’s face when he made the phone call to Jennifer and Alicia at the end. LOL (If you read the book, you will understand.) Would I recommend it: Perhaps. It would depend on your reading preferences and what you are looking for. This book may not appeal to everyone. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
What mom or dad hasn’t dreamed of being able to add more hours to their day?  The Wishful Thinking app was the perfect answer to this.  Jennifer was trying to be SuperMom.   She wanted to attend every event that her children were involved in, work extra hours to get the bonus’, and have an adult social life; all while not missing a beat.    I could see where this was heading.   The longer than usual days, the extra activities, and the chaos of the scheduling just could not be a good thing.    I am not even sure how Jennifer could keep track of where she was, when, and with who.      Kamy Wicoff wrote this as the perfect mom read.    It answers the dreams of every parent.  The story is realistic in they was parents are pulled in so many directions in life and don’t always have enough time to do everything that they want or need to do.  The twist of sci-fi is fun and whimsical.   The sci-fi is just enough of a twist, yet it does not make it weird or unbelievable.   I was hooked from the first page and did not want to put the book down until I read the very last word.   If you are looking for a fun story, with some twists and turns, this is the book for you.  I definitely recommend it.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story