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August 8, 2012

Review: Wishing For Someday Soon by Tiffany King

Seventeen year old Katelyn Richards is a stronger person than anyone will ever know, and that is just the way she wants it. Behind her normal facade lies the reality of a broken home life. Thanks to her abusive mother, a string of deadbeat stepfathers, and an unsympathetic system, Katelyn has learned that the only one she can count on is herself. Her life’s mission has become to shield her nine year old brother, Kevin, and to give him the future that they both wish for. A life with no more abuse, no worries about where their next meal will come from, and no more wondering if they will have a roof over their heads.
When her mother moves them again, this time to a small town in Montana, Katelyn’s resolve is shaken when she meets Max, a cute boy from her new school, who gets a glimpse into her real world. Max slowly manages to break through Katelyn’s wall of distrust, stirring up feelings she never saw coming. Now with her world more complicated than she ever intended, Katelyn struggles with the decision to follow her heart into the arms of the first boy she has ever loved. A decision that could risk the promise she made to protect Kevin, and to give them the ‘someday soon’ that is so close within their grasp.
 When I found out that Tiffany King, author of paranormal romance series Meant to Be, was writing a contemporary novel, I knew immediately that it would be something worthwhile. Never in a million years, however, did I expect to be so blown away and reduced to tears by the sheer beauty that is Wishing For Someday Soon.

Protagonist Katelyn Richards has faced more hardship than any seventeen-year-old should have to. Her mother is abusive, her stepfathers are temporary, and she's had to move more times than she can count. The only spark of joy in her life is her younger brother Kevin--but then Max comes along. Katelyn fears getting involved in a relationship due to an inevitable move, but there's something about Max that just might change her mind.

The amount of admiration I have for Katelyn is overwhelming. I found myself constantly in awe of her strength and resolve despite her personal situation. My heart absolutely shattered multiple times over in sympathy for her and all I truly wanted was to see both Katelyn and Kevin safe and happy. I was also surprised by the extent of realism in Wishing For Someday Soon--I can only imagine the difficulty in accurately penning such a tender subject but Tiffany King portrayed it so flawlessly. Moreover, this book really opened my eyes to the fact that there are real girls and real people like Katelyn who suffer in similar or even worse situations.

I am so incredibly excited to see what's next from this exceptionally talented author! My review of Forever Changed, her other more recent contemp, will be available shortly as well. If you're looking for an emotionally evocative piece of literature that will leave you moved to the core, do yourself a favor and pick up Wishing For Someday Soon. You'll be glad you did.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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