Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Wish I Was Here (2014)

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wish i was here coverAidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is a thirty-something struggling actor living in Los Angeles with his two kids and breadwinner wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson). Up until now his kids were enrolled in an Orthodox Jewish school that was paid for by Aidan’s father. Aidan’s father is deeply religious and it was his wish for his grandchildren to go to this school. But when his cancer spreads and he needs an expensive medical treatment, he tells Aidan he can no longer afford the kids’ education. This leaves Aidan with a choice: send his kids to public school or take on trying to homeschool them; he chooses homeschool. Deeply selfish and mostly unsuccessful, Aidan initially has difficulties with this new task while also struggling with the imminent death of his father. Aidan’s socially inept and genius brother, Noah (Josh Gad), is of little help and often makes situations more difficult for the Bloom family.

While all of this sounds terribly depressing, I promise it has lots of laughs and a heartfelt plot. Between a Comic Con costume contest, test driving an Ashton Martin, bright pink wings, and plenty of swear jar worthy conversations, you’ll laugh so hard you cry.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Wish I Was Here.

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