Wish You Were Here by Sheridan Jobbins


Wish You Were Here by Sheridan Jobbins

‘In this moment I am perfect.  I am free to be whoever I want, and all I want to be is a woman in a red spotty dress, speeding into her future in a shiny red car.’

So, Sheridan Jobbins’s marriage collapses and then she smashes all her china.  Life as Sheridan has known it has just ended.  What will she do next?  Well, what could be better than leaving Australia, and then buying a car and driving across America?  Surely she’ll find herself along the way, and work out what to do next?

Thus begins a chaotic journey across the USA, through the past and into (eventually) a brighter future.  Meet Betty, a red Chevrolet Camaro, not the most practical car for Sheridan’s drive, but she certainly turns heads.  Sheridan Jobbins may not be very well prepared for this adventure, but she’s going to make the most of it.

While I enjoyed parts of this book, I kept shaking my head in disbelief.  I couldn’t decide whether to admire her impulsive behaviour, or chide her for it.  Still, she survived.  And the journey itself is a discovery of self and a triumph of sorts.  There is more than one way to find yourself, and this particular way worked for Sheridan Jobbins. Not a journey for me, but an interesting set of experiences, worth reading about.

Note: my thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith