Chick Lit | 320 pages | 07.14.2020 | St. Martin’s Press
This is my third Katherine Center book. I discovered her when I was asked to review an ARC of Things You Save in a Fire. I fell in love with her take on romance novels and chick lit then which showed much more depth than I was expecting and had seen before while still making you feel all warm inside because you know, romance and love. I was hoping to find this in What You Wish For as well. The premise promised to be quirky and cute but also relevant in today’s times. Alternative types of schooling and school safety are frequently discussed topics in my circle of friends and even in my professional field of work. I was looking forward to Katherine’s take on this. Sadly, I felt this novel fell flat in those aspects. Instead what I found was a cast comprised of stereotypes and tropes, a budding relationship between Samantha and Duncan that felt forced, and a “villain” who was just too much. In today’s literature, I expect characters with subtle flaws in their personality, characters who at times are relatable and at others are not. The majority of people are neither 100% good nor 100% bad. The good people in this novel were just all sunshine and rainbows while the villainous individual was a total creep all around. I am giving this book 2 stars because there were moments of the Katherine Center-esque wit and insight I enjoyed in her other novels. The scene when Duncan is still drugged from a surgery and Sarah is taking care of him had me in stitches and laughing out loud. I wish the whole novel would’ve been that special.
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.