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What You Wish For

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  609 ratings  ·  77 reviews
If what you wish for is a delightfully bittersweet novel filled with endearing, eccentric characters and situations in the vein of Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, Marian Keyes, and Meg Cabot, then Kerry Reichs’s What You Wish For is the answer to your prayers. The daughter of forensic crime fiction superstar Kathy Reichs (bestselling creator of the Temperence Brennan mystery ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Lydia Presley
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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Luanne Ollivier
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Three women and one single man go down different roads in their quest to have a child in their lives.

I read this for two reasons: there was a woman who didn't want to have kids, and there was a woman who was in a custody battle for fertilized eggs she and her now ex-husband had frozen before she had chemotherapy that rendered her sterile. I liked all four of the characters. And even though I didn't agree with all the decisions they made, I don't have to - that's partially why I read, to be put
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Set in LA, this book tells the stories of Wyatt, a single school principal who wants to adopt; Maryn, a breast cancer survivor who is in a custody battle with her ex over frozen embryos; Dimple, a 40 year old actress trying to decide if her career or her desire to have a child is more important; and Eva - Wyatt's cousin who keeps losing men when she tells them she doesn't want children. Moving back and forth between the characters, the story basically looks at the struggle to have, and not have, ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kerry Reich's novels are always delicious to read to pleasure, but they also speak to the struggles and experiences of many around me. She has a unique way of making a simple story also a lesson on life, politics, career, health... and in this case, mostly Motherhood. So many of my friends should read this book for perspective!
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Disappointed. Big time. I was looking forward to reading this because I felt like I was "the" target audience: 37, single, no children...and I hate that I'm 37, single, with no children. I thought this book would be one I could relate to personally, and maybe it'd even make me think differently about my current situation. Perhaps it would give me hope, a different perspective, or just the feeling that someone else (even a character in a book) felt like I do.

What You Wish For didn't give me any
Joy Edge
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So!!good.the characters are so well developed,the topic is both heart warming and centers around the central theme of having children.naturally or with help,single or with partners and toss in cancer. It's one of the best things I've read lately.
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 7/9/12:

The definition of family is something that has evolved throughout time. In America, for a large portion of our cultural history, the nuclear family was deemed the ideal. I would argue that even during the time of the nuclear family that there were far more families out there that didn't meet the definition of this ideal than those that did. In modern society, there are so many different types of families. Kerry Reichs
Hildur Ingvason
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was good enough. I liked that the book first put one person into focus, then another and so on. I also liked the dialogue and the jokes.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Fine. Hollywood fine. The frozen embryo debate was important and fluffed this up to the higher echelon of chick lit.
After Christmas I went on a shopping spree on Amazon because I got a gift certificate and was more than ready to use it. Hell, I’ve been born ready to spent money on Amazon. One of the items in my shopping cart was she newest novel by Kerry Reichs.

You’ve read my gushing on and on about her previous book and if you haven’t, well, you must be new around here. I was excited to finally read this and also a little bit worried if it could live up to my expectations.

The style of the book is different
Beautiful...Emotional...Funny...Real... and truly inspiring...

"Never wait to be asked twice to dance. Dance. Laugh often. Be noisy. Hug your father. Do something every day that doesn’t make rational sense. Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts. Love freely, and love those who don’t deserve it. Do a selfless thing each day. Every day won’t be the best day in your life, but that’s okay. If someone were to tell you the world would end tomorrow, plant a tree. Most of all, don’t be
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Take the lives of four unique individuals at different stages in their lives and see where life takes them is what you will find in the latest novel from Kerry Reichs. The common thread running through them is often times family, marriage and wanting a child.

Agnis Dyemma Bauskenieks will never be known by that name expect by the parents who decided it would be fun to name her after her grandmother while trying to repair their own fractured relationship with her mom. She instead goes by the name
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dimple Bledsoe is a well-known television actress facing a dilemma: although her resume says she's 36, Dimple is closer to 40 and fears that if she waits much longer she'll miss out on motherhood. She'd hoped to meet Mr. Right and start a family the traditional way, but it looks as though that may not happen. Meanwhile, Wyatt Ozols had also hoped to settle down and have a family and, like Dimple, it just hasn't worked out. Wyatt's not one to let that get him down, he's ready for kids and has ...more
Sara Strand
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Even though I was incredibly stabby and frustrated that yet again I somehow pick a book in this type of format and it's hands down the most annoying format for a book because it's so hard to end it. Really. It's very difficult to round up every character's story well enough to feel like it's finished. And this book didn't end every story line the way it really should, but I was able to get through it. The book started perking up half way through (I know.. it takes awhile) and by that point I had ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Children. Dimple wants one, before she’s too old to have them. Maryn does, and Wyatt, too. Eva doesn’t.

Dimple has to balance child vs. career, especially when the role of a lifetime seemingly lands in her lap. I loved the “auditions” she has to go on for the role, the quirkiness brought smiles to balance the heavy topic. Maryn has to get her ex-husband’s approval to use the embryos they had frozen, but he’s leery of having his genes running around (without him) so he’s been avoiding the issue.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
After reading Ms. Reichs other 2 novels, I was thrilled to find out that there was another one to be read. The interesting observation that I have made is that every time I read a book by this author, the topics are pretty relevant with what is current in my life. This time this book is about women who want to have babies and right now it seems almost everyone I know has baby fever, so it was very appropriate.

As for the story, unfortunately, it was predictable and at times, it drove me a little
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: r-other
Review first published on my blog:

What You Wish For is the quest for parenthood - the desire to have children, the desire to not have children, and the lengths to which people will go to to get what they wish for. The book follows a set of characters on their journey.

Dimple is the single successful actress contemplating her biological clock. Maryn is the divorced childless woman looking to get her husband's permission to use embryos frozen while they were
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, book-club
I loved the beginning and the ending was startlingly touching. The middle was a little tiresome but I slogged through.

As an almost 30-year-old who is unsure whether or not to have children, the blurb on the back of this book was intriguing.

I found that Eva's storyline (the one who chose not to have kids) was completely eclipsed by three other people who desperately wanted them. I'm not sure if this was planned or was meant to be condoning a certain decision; maybe the author wanted to explore
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In all honesty, I picked up “What You Wish For” by Kerry Reichs because I love her mother’s books and I wanted to see what Kerry’s writing was like. “What You Wish For” is about children – people who want children, those who don’t, and the struggles and triumphs on the way to their goal. Personally, I have no desire to have children of my own. I’m happy being an aunt and godmother. I know others who wish desperately for a child. Ms. Reichs explores the feelings and challenges regarding having ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I gave it two stars because I did finish it. But the first part was quite boring just switching between all of these characters, waiting for the "surprising" way that their lives intertwine, but it wasn't surprising at all. Two of the women wanted to have babies by themselves - obvious similarities and they just happened to go to the same clinic. There was a lot of writing that seemed like the author fancied herself a poet with much more complex and fanciful writing than necessary or expected ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
My Review:
Well, where do I start? I actually started this book once before and stopped on page 42. I was just not feeling it. When I came back the second time I ended up LOVING it and devoured it in about 24 hours time. I fell in love with all the characters and their individual stories. The way that Reichs bring the stories together to create a tight, well written story is masterful. I related to the love, hurt, anger and joys that jumped off the pages and right into my heart. I laughed and I
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Love, love, love!!! Really, that's all I can think after just finishing this. I loved it. Every single character was well-thought out and developed. The story wouldn't have been the same without each one. At first I wasn't digging the writing style; the flow was off to me and I'd have to reread it before it clicked. But once I got into it, I had no problems. I ended up feeling every emotion these characters went through, especially when it came to Wyatt. Oh Wyatt! I was just rooting for him ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book! There's so much I wanna say without ruining the plot for anyone who hasn't read it yet!

So from here on in, I'm announcing a spoiler alert! This will only make sense for those who've actually read this book, cover to cover.

So glad Wyatt got what he wanted! I was really rooting for him. Even though Maryn's story ended the way it did, I loved the fact that she put her foot down on her decision.

Even though I don't really identify with Eva, I really liked her character (except close to
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kendra by: Jenny
Shelves: book-club
After reading a description of the book I was immediately reminded of the movie "What to Expect When you are Expecting." It's a movie about a bunch of different characters who all have one thing in common, pregnancy. What You Wish For is very similar, a plethora of characters all at different stages of their lives, some who want kids, some who don't some who have kids, some who can't get pregnant, and some who have gotten pregnant but didn't necessarily want to.

I'm a sucker for these types of
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I had heard that this book was for fans of Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, Marian Keyes and Meg Cabot. While I can see the association, I can also say this doesn't quite measure up.

First of all, I just couldn't take the main character, Dimple, seriously. Yes, Dimple, really that is the name. This book is about all different types of motherhood - adoption, IVF, and natural pregnancy. The book tries to be completly honest and I respect that,
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This read would be ranked one of my top ten, it was a fantastic. Emotional, it had me in tears more than I care to mention, both funny and overwhelmingly sad tears. There were characters I love and hated intensely.

I loved, Maryn, Wyatt, Eva, Swayer, Dimple, Julian and Linda

I hated with a passion: Andrew (Andy) and his wife Summer....character flawed.

What I would also like to add is that the book cover is very misleading about the emotional roll-coaster this book is, don’t be discouraged you the
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it
It took me awhile to get into this book; I kept picking it up and not remembering who any of the characters were. About halfway through I finally felt invested in the multiple story lines, and the individual dramas relating to embryos, pregnancies, cancer, politics and show business. The often humorous dialogue and sunny California setting makes for great escapist reading, yet the serious issues, both legal and personal, keep the story from being too frothy.
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

A book full of interesting sides on the conversation of children and the pursuit of family. Between a single male who is trying to become a parent and an actress who is realizing that her time is limited in having children, this book covers all aspects of the children topic. It was really fun to see how the different plots would intersect, some were not even on my radar!
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Kerry Reichs graduated from Oberlin College and Duke University School of Law and Institute of Public Policy. She practiced law in Washington, D.C. for several years until she took a sabbatical and discovered that sabbaticals agree with her. She now writes full time, splitting her time between Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, and is still trying to convince her two cats that driving across ...more