Book Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Title: What You Wish For
By: Katherine Center
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 320
Release Date: July 14th, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads: 

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.


I have to say, I almost gave up on this book around 30%. I really hated the beginning. Due to all the wonderful reviews, I kept with it and I am glad that I did.

The beginning felt a little juvenile, like teens in high school. I didn't see anything happening, like the plot was just lost in all the everyday mundane tasks. The story really picked up when the characters weren't in school. That's when I got sucked into the book and I couldn't put it down.

I really don't think the book description does this story justice.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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