Book Review: What You Wish For by: Kerry Reichs

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publish Date: July 3, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Having a baby is . . . complicated.

Dimple knows. She's a successful actress who is turning forty—though her agent and her resume insist she's only thirty-six—and she figures it's now or never. Certainly it's not a good time for an intriguing director to show up at her door with a great script.

Eva, fabulous agent to the stars, doesn't want kids—and never wanted kids. Why is her decision so damned hard for everyone else to accept?

When Maryn was undergoing treatment for cancer, she and her husband both agreed to have embryos frozen. But that was way before their divorce and her remission—and now she's single and childless, and caught in the middle of a controversy she never saw coming.

The traditional and nontraditional couples desperate for a baby . . . the adoptive parents . . . the single mom . . . the two who want nothing to do with parenthood. . . . This is a thoroughly modern story of the pursuit of family in all its forms—and of five very different ways of getting there.

Review: In all honesty, I picked up “What You Wish For” by Kerry Reichs because I love her mother’s books and I wanted to see what Kerry’s writing was like. “What You Wish For” is about children – people who want children, those who don’t, and the struggles and triumphs on the way to their goal. Personally, I have no desire to have children of my own. I’m happy being an aunt and godmother. I know others who wish desperately for a child. Ms. Reichs explores the feelings and challenges regarding having children in “What You Wish For”.

The characters aren’t just figments of the author’s imagination in this story. They come alive – living, breathing people who you might see on the street or may even resemble yourself. The author covers topics such as a male single-parent adoption, IVF, ‘natural’ pregnancy, and the hardships and joy that comes along with each as well as the inevitable circle of life. I loved all the main characters: Maryn, Eva, Wyatt, and Dimple. By the end of the book I was so caught up that it made me cry. The story is written to make you deeply care for the characters, yet it’s not heavy, even though the subject matter can be. I loved the humor and grace with which Ms. Reichs brought a confusing and often complicated subject to the forefront. It was a true delight to meet these characters and share in their lives for a short time. 


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