What You Wish For by Katherine Center, Thérèse Plummer (Narrator)
Published July 14th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan Audio
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
As a person who spent over 30 years in education, you would think I knew more about charter schools, but I don’t. I was a bit surprised about some of the politics and situations, but if I put that aside and just enjoy the ride, I enjoyed this story.
Samantha Casey (Sam) was one of those characters that you couldn’t help but love. She was an amazing and caring teacher, who just wanted her school to be a wonderful place for kids to learn. She was loving, yet afraid to put herself out there and have a relationship. She had great daydreams though. When this story started, I did not like Duncan very much. He was a stereotypical administrator that everyone loved to hate, although readers know there has to be something that caused him change. I figured that part out pretty quickly. There were so many wonderful characters in this book, and I especially loved third grader, Clay Buckley. He was smart, caring, strong and ignored by his dad.
Operation Duncan was a hoot. All the things they tried to get Duncan to do in order to have him realize how important having fun was, was quite touching. I do not want to ruin this story for anyone, so I will just say, this was another wonderful story by Katherine Center. Not as good as her last one, but still an enjoyable read. It is a second chance story. One about friendship, loyalty and following your dream. It deals with insecurities and fears. Even family dynamics and drama come into play. Of course, there is also romance, so something for everyone.
The audiobook was very enjoyable. I did a read/listen and liked both methods equally. Thérèse Plummer does a great job with the voices, expression and emotions of the story. The pacing was great, and I did enjoy her performance. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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.