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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061808148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061808142
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Having a baby is . . . complicated.

Dimple knows. She's a successful actress who is turning forty—though her agent and her resume insist she's only thirty-six—and she figures it's now or never. Certainly it's not a good time for an intriguing director to show up at her door with a great script.

Eva, fabulous agent to the stars, doesn't want kids—and never wanted kids. Why is her decision so damned hard for everyone else to accept?

When Maryn was undergoing treatment for cancer, she and her husband both agreed to have embryos frozen. But that was way before their divorce and her remission—and now she's single and childless, and caught in the middle of a controversy she never saw coming.

The traditional and nontraditional couples desperate for a baby . . . the adoptive parents . . . the single mom . . . the two who want nothing to do with parenthood. . . . This is a thoroughly modern story of the pursuit of family in all its forms—and of five very different ways of getting there.

About the Author

Kerry Reichs, a graduate of Duke University School of Law and Stanford Institute of Public Policy, practiced law in Washington, D.C. She is the author of The Best Day of Someone Else's Life and Leaving Unknown.


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Kerry Reichs is a graduate of Duke University School of Law and Stanford Institute of Public Policy, and practiced law in Washington, D.C. She is the author of The Best Day of Someone Else's Life and Leaving Unknown.

Customer Reviews

I could not put it down...buy yourself a copy now!
Lija
The story is written to make you deeply care for the characters, yet it's not heavy, even though the subject matter can be.
Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog
Reichs is a master of clever dialogue, and her thoroughly engaging characters make you really care.
Birdie

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lydia TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I remember the day it hit me that I was in my mid-30's and unmarried with no children on the horizon. It was a blow to me, I'm not going to lie. I'd grown up the eldest of nine and, even as a child, fully expected to be married by 21 and a mother by 22. I envisioned a house filled with childish laughter and a white picket fence out front. Now, at 35, I'm wiser and older (although the two did not happen concurrently) and have accepted the very real likelihood that motherhood is not in the works for me, just as I accepted that marriage was not for me about four years ago.

That's a very personal thing to put out there for a review, I admit. But that's how this book affected me. What You Wish For is a novel about unconventional parents. It's about adoption, IVF, natural pregnancy, birth, death, and life. It's real, honest, and it does not pull any punches. Kerry Reichs lays the facts out with brutal honesty and follows the natural path when it comes to the story of Maryn, Eva, Julian, Wyatt, and Dimple - even if that brings harm or an "unhappy ending."

Honestly, I loved and hated this book. I loved it for being so engrossing - I didn't want to put it down. I hated it for being so real. I hated seeing the facts about being a 35 year old woman put down on the page, and knowing that - if I decide to go the same route as Dimple - I may be facing some of the same difficulties. I hated reading about how difficult it is for a single man to adopt, or seeing what happens when zealots get their hands on information for political gains. What You Wish For is more than a feel-good novel, it's a contemporary study on what life is like now, what it is like to try to be a parent in a world that says that the "normal" parents are one man and one woman.

This is an important story and Kerry Reichs does a great job of pushing past the limits to deliver it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I adored Kerry Reichs' previous book - Leaving Unknown. (review here) So, I was eager to dive into her latest release - What You Wish For.

We are rapidly introduced to the characters who populate Reichs' tale - and they all have one thing in common. Children. The desire to have them or in some cases - to not have them.

Dimple was first up. She's a moderately successful actress, closing in on the the end of her ticking biological clock. Can the role of a lifetime beat out her desire to have a child? I did find her opening chapter a bit frenetic and didn't really warm up to this character until midway through the book.

Eva has no desire to have children. Will this end her relationship with the man she loves? Or will she change her mind?

Maryn has battled breast cancer and won. Before her treatment, she froze eggs with her then husband. They've since divorced and she needs his approval to use the eggs. But his new wife says no. Will he change his mind?

And my favourite character - Wyatt. He's the principal of a high school, single and straight and he wants to have a child of his own. He's headed down the surrogacy route. Wyatt was just so warm, caring and innocent. But at the same time he's wise to the ways of his high schoolers. These were some of my favourite chapters.

And these four main characters' lives all intersect in the most interesting fashion....

Loved it! Once I had the characters and their lives straight in my head, What You Wish For was an easy, breezy read. Reichs is a clever writer. The amount of puns she worked in between two characters was truly funny. (and some of them were emminently groan worthy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wiley on July 3, 2012
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Kerry Reichs does an excellent job of weaving a colorful tapestry of characters bound and determined to take on the never ending job that is parenthood and all the trials and tribulations it takes to get there. The characters in this book will speak to everyone who reads it. Be careful to clear your calendars and put your phones on vibrate, as you will have a tough time putting this book down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny on July 27, 2012
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I loved What You Wish For. My only regret is that I tried to read the book while on vacation with two young kids-I was immediately hooked and wanted to read it in one sitting, the kids had other ideas. The main characters are empathetic and engaging and their story lines are so compelling that I found myself drawn into their lives, rooting for every one of them. Kerry managed to skillfully infuse her characters' struggles with serious and complex situations with such a wonderful wit that the book was truly an enjoyable read. There are not many authors who can have you hysterically laughing and then crying, often from one page to the next. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AURA on July 25, 2012
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This book really struck a chord with me - as I imagine it will with any woman. Filled with real people, and storylines that make you think and feel. This was my favorite summer read hands down. I recommend it for anyone seeking an intelligent but fun book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Lukic on July 23, 2012
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I consider my self a very slow reader but I finish this book in 3 days. The magic of Reichs' book is that she succeed to introduce us to her characters with lightness and humor and then carefully touch upon very serious subjects and events without becoming melodramatic or too heavy.
Thus this book is hard to put in a particular genre and is certainly not a "chick flick" book: it is for everyone who is looking for a story about goals, ups and downs and how to overcome them. It is a story about characters, compassion, true friendship and love.
You will laugh, you will cry and most of all you will enjoy reading this wonderful novel. Great read.
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