Sunday, August 23, 2009

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

Genre: YA-Fiction

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First Line: “I would have expected to see this sort of line if, say, Elvis had retruned from the dead to give a concert.”

One Word Review: Fantastic

Summary: “Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery. But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly finds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?” -GoodReads

My Review: Wow! This book was fantastic and it may be my favorite Rallison novel (it’s a tie between this and My Fair Godmother). Our main character Annika (not a huge fan of the name) is full of spunk, determination and a huge heart. Ever since she found out her little brother was diagnosed with cancer she hasn’t been the same. Her new goal in life is to do whatever she can to help him get better. When I read what this story was going to be about I was a little nervous. I don’t usually like to read sad books, there is enough sadness in the real world, and I don’t always like to read about it as well. Anyway, although I cried during this book (a few times), I also laughed a lot, sometimes on the same page. My husband thought I was crazy! Rallison was able to mix in laughter, sadness, romance and adventure all in one book. I loved our hero Steve Raleigh, and the chemistry that he and Annika shared was really special. I think everyone would enjoy this book; it was one I had a hard time putting down.

My Fair Godmother was my first Rallison novel. As soon as I finished that, and loved it, I went to my library and checked out all the Rallison novels that I could (I think I got most of them). Now I’ve read …. Of her books and I am officially a fan. Rallison has an amazing ability to write humor, romance, and of course awkward moments. I love her books and would recommend them to anyone, you don’t have to be a YA to enjoy her stories.

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1 comment:

  1. I liked it, but didn't feel as compassionate about Jeremy, or concerned about him as I think I was supposed to. Really loved the Steve and Annika element though. They had a good relationship and hit some tough issues.


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