Watch out! A new Katherine Center novel is being published next week and you’re going to want to read it!!
What You Wish For was my first introduction to Katherine Center’s writing and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover her writing. Thank you NetGalley!! Scroll on to find out why I loved this book and you’ll soon understand why I was inspired to pick up two more of her recent books the minute I was done reading this one.
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Review & Thoughts
What You Wish For by Katherine Center
What You Wish For has an interesting story-line and an interesting character development. The juxtaposition between the flip flop of personality and flair between Duncan and Sam’s characters was intriguing; from bold to dull for Duncan and from dreary to bright for Sam. I enjoyed watching Sam get to know Duncan outside of school.
Important themes and elements of the story:
- Life-changing situations leave their mark and it’s important to seek help and guidance to help heal and grow.
- Common theme: After tragedy or difficult situations, it’s easy to allow yourself to believe that you’re damaged or unfixable. It’s important for people to be supportive in difficult times to let you know that you can overcome and grow.
- Concept: Joy is the cure for everything. Pay attention to the small things that bring you joy, and do more of that. Joy is cumulative; all the small things add up to your overall joy and happiness in life. It doesn’t have to be big things to be joyful. I love this perspective. Find joy on purpose.
In a Nutshell: What a lovely story and a wonderful author. I’m only sorry it took me so long to discover her writing!
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Details From the Book Jacket
Published: July 14, 2020
From Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.
Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.
When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.
Books by Katherine Center