What you wish for / Katherine Center.
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- ISBN: 1250219361 : HRD
- ISBN: 9781250219367 : HRD
- ISBN: 9781250219367
- ISBN: 1250219361
- Physical Description: pages cm
- Edition: First Edition.
- Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2020.
- Recently Published: 4 / 5.0
- Top Holds Over Last 5 Years: 5 / 5.0
|Summary, etc.:||"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"--|
Publishers Weekly Review
What You Wish For
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Center's quirky story (after Things You Save in a Fire) follows offbeat librarian Samantha Casey, who's found the tight-knit family she's always longed for and a place to call home in a small Texas beach town. The Kempner School, where she works, is a bright, cheery place, and principal Max Kempner sparks joy at every turn--until his sudden death from a pulmonary embolism. When Sam hears the news about Max's replacement, Duncan Carpenter, she remembers Duncan as a former fellow teacher, crush, and all-around "human mood-enhancer." Sam sings Duncan's praises as an ideal replacement until Duncan swoops in and declares the school a security "nightmare" that he is determined to make a model of safety and security through a series of extreme measures. Soon, Sam schemes with the school's cofounder Babette, Max's widow, to stage a "Joy-bomb" intervention, forcing Duncan to eat a sundae each day and perform juggling in front of the students at lunchtime in exchange for the privilege of keeping his job, in hopes of unearthing the fun Duncan and saving the school. In the process, Sam's old crush on Duncan reignites. The cast of eccentric supporting characters adds to a fast-paced tale steeped with whimsical, yet sometimes outlandish, plot points. This is one for the beach bag. (July)
Library Journal Review
What You Wish For
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Elementary school librarian Samantha Casey is distraught when her school's new principal turns out to be secret crush Duncan Carpenter from way back--and even more distraught to find that Duncan is a cold fish obsessed with rules and school safety. Last year's Things You Save in a Fire was a LibraryReads Pick and was also chosen by over a half-dozen venues as an anticipated summer read.
What You Wish For
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Center's latest, after Things You Save in a Fire (2019), follows vivacious librarian Samantha Casey, who fled heartbreak in California for a job at an elite grammar school in Galveston, Texas. Sam's world is turned upside down when the founder of the school, who is also Sam's dear friend, dies suddenly and the man brought in to be the new principal is none other than handsome Duncan Carpenter, the very man Sam pined in silence for in California. But Duncan is nothing like the free-spirited, playful guy Sam crushed on; he's now buttoned up and obsessed with school security. Readers will guess the reason behind Duncan's abrupt change of heart long before Sam does. Once she learns the truth, Sam sets out to bring back the man she fell in love with. Center always spins a great yarn, but Sam's frustrating immaturity, which persists almost to the final page, detracts from what is otherwise a compelling story. Center's fans will still enjoy this novel, but they might wish the central character was more like the winning heroines from her previous outings.