Friday, June 8, 2012

What You Wish For

Title:  What You Wish For
Author:  Kerry Reichs
Publication Information:  HarperCollins Publishers. 2012. 408 pages.

Book Source:  I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program free of cost in exchange for an honest review. The book arrived as a paperback uncorrected proof.

Favorite Quote:  "It seemed foolish to waste emotional wealth on a battle that you simple couldn't win."

What You Wish For is the quest for parenthood - the desire to have children, the desire to not have children, and the lengths to which people will go to to get what they wish for. The book follows a set of characters on their journey.

Dimple is the single successful actress contemplating her biological clock. Maryn is the divorced childless woman looking to get her husband's permission to use embryos frozen while they were married. Eva is the Hollywood agent who is steadfast in her voice that she does not want children. Wyatt is the single gentleman looking to adopt a child. Their stories overlap and interconnect in unexpected ways.

Surrounding these individual stories is a story of Hollywood and the movie business. Deals made and broken. Actresses hired and fired. Individuals on the brink of fame. Politics and all the drama that entails.

The story weaves back and forth between the characters with each chapter focusing on one character. All the stories do come together. However, sometimes it was necessary to flip back and forth to remind myself where the story was going. Also, the setting of the story competes with the story itself. The Hollywood drama sometimes muddles the individual stories of parenthood. So, a good premise for a story that got a little lost.

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