Hey y’all! Today’s book review is for What You Wish For by Katherine Center.
I’ve been in a major book slump, so to finally finish this one was a relief.
*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Below you’ll find the description from NetGalley followed by my personal review.
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.
My Review :
While this book originally started off very slow for me, I’m happy that I pushed through to the finish. Duncan and Sam seem doomed from the start – even with their history that precedes our storyline.
Sam left her previous school because seeing Duncan everyday was too hard for her. So when he shows up as the new principle of the school she is at now…she’s totally unprepared for his imminent arrival.
But Duncan isn’t a Duncan she recognizes. He’s tough, and rigid with a rule following attitude that is so unlike the man she remembers that there is soon a plot to help loosen him up.
We’ve all got scars, and battle wounds – someone who truly loves us won’t be scared away by our own personal stories. Duncan and Sam are a true testament to that. Fighting for someone is much more meaningful than fighting with them.