About the Book
"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"--
The story's message, that people should choose joy even (and especially) in difficult and painful times, seems tailor-made for this moment. A timely, uplifting read about finding joy in the midst of tragedy, filled with quirky characters and comforting warmth.--Kirkus (starred review)
From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.
Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living.
But she wasn't always that way.
Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen.
But he wasn't always that way.
And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before--at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him--but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new school, a new job, a new chance at living. But when Duncan, of all people, gets hired as the new principal there, it feels like the best thing that could possibly happen to the school--and the worst thing that could possibly happen to Sam. Until the opposite turns out to be true. The lovable Duncan she'd known is now a suit-and-tie wearing, rule-enforcing tough guy so hell-bent on protecting the school that he's willing to destroy it.
As the school community spirals into chaos, and danger from all corners looms large, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love--which is the riskiest move of all.
With Katherine Center's sparkling dialogue, unforgettable characters, heart, hope, and humanity, What You Wish For
is the author at her most compelling best.
Praise for What You Wish For: One of: People's
Book of the weekRefinery29's
17 Brand New 'Beach' Reads For Summer 2020Parade's
Best Beach Reads of 2020Real Simple's
Best Books of 2020PopSugar's
30 Best New Books to Dive Into This SummerShe Reads'
Best Beach Reads of Summer 2020
, often lighthearted novel touches on serious issues and celebrates the power of joy
to trump fear and despair." --People
[A] fast-paced tale steeped with whimsical plot points. This is one for the beach bag.
-- Publishers Weekly
The story's message, that people should choose joy even (and especially) in difficult and painful times, seems tailor-made for this moment. A timely, uplifting read about finding joy in the midst of tragedy, filled with quirky characters and comforting warmth
Katherine Center excels at writing gentle, beautifully crafted
"What You Wish For is a bona fide explosion of happiness packaged in book form.
A compassionate story of grief and resilience, What You Wish For
is also a vital reminder that joy is not just something that happens to us but also something we have the power to choose... Center has created for her readers a quirky confection that celebrates life in all its imperfect glory and delivers a much-needed dose of optimism.
" -- Bookpage What You Wish For
has Center's signature sprightly style and is a bubbly tonic to chase away the blues.
About The Author
KATHERINE CENTER is the New York Times
bestselling author of over a half dozen novels, including What You Wish For, Things You Save in a Fire,
and How to Walk Away
. Katherine has been compared to Nora Ephron and Jane Austen. The Dallas Morning News
calls her stories, "satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way." Katherine recently gave a TEDx talk on how stories teach empathy. Her work has appeared in USA Today
, The Atlantic
, Real Simple
, and more. She lives in Houston with her husband and two kids.