This was #4 of the 5 ARCs I had to finish between July 1 and July 14! I honestly didn’t think I’d get there, but here we are! This was the first Katherine Center book I read and now I want to go back and devour all of them! We definitely have a blossoming new favorite author!
𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: What You Wish For
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Katherine Center
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary
𝘈𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦: July 14, 2020 (tomorrow!)
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 54/75
𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙤𝙥𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨): 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.
𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48715805-what-you-wish-for
I loved this book. I thought it was such a touching novel and dealt with hard topics so well.
This book kind of covered it all. School shootings, disabilities, family troubles, death, etc. and unlike most books, this one handled every single one of those beautifully. I loved all of the characters and how strikingly unique they were. Center did a phenomenal job with her character descriptions and arcs. Every single character felt so real and alive and I loved who I was supposed to love and hated who I was supposed to hate.
Sweet Clay was one of my favorite characters, and I thought he was SO well done. A young kid dealing with the death of a loved one is touchy, but Center handled it beautifully. I loved how Clay was smart beyond his years, but at a price. I love how big his heart was and how he had a specific reason for doing everything and I loved how Sam figured that out.
The relationship between Duncan and Sam was confusing and frustrating and beautiful. I was so frustrated with Duncan not being the Duncan she remembered from her previous school and was torn apart when he started talking about changing everything. I felt like I was a part of that school family and that he and Kent were trying to destroy my home. That’s how you know an author did a book justice.
Nothing but good reviews for this one. Definitely don’t read if you have triggers relating to death or school shootings.
𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 @𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸.
𝗔𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝗮𝗷𝗼𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘀!