Review: Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

just one wish by janette rallison

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?

Janette Rallison’s proven talent for laugh-out-loud humor, teen romance, and deep-hearted storytelling shines in a novel that will have readers laughing and crying at the same time.

Description taken from Goodreads. 

This book was such a nice, not-stressful, fluffy contemporary read for me. I loved the way the premise of the story and the execution of this book, a story about a girl trying to grant her little brother’s near impossible wish, was done very well.

One thing I really appreciated about this book that surprised me was how long it took to find Steve, meet him and get him to Jeremy. The realistic part to this book was wearing at times, but I did think that it was necessary and Annika’s antics were enough to keep me occupied during the slow parts to the story.

The best things about this story were probably the relationships–first, the relationship between Jeremy and Annika, and secondly the relationship between Steve and Annika.

Annika’s trying-to-do-the-impossible personality irritated me more than once over the course of JUST ONE WISH. At times she’s naive and childish, but only because of her desire to give Jeremy what he wants. I was conflicted with the issue of how to feel about Annika during these times because Rallison does an excellent job of showing off some of Annika’s best traits: her loyalty, ambition and determination. At the same time Annika doesn’t really take into consideration issues of the real world, including schedules, jobs, money and wasted time.

When it came down to it, it didn’t matter to me as much in the big picture. Annika’s short-sightedness and impulsiveness still damaged her character overall in my eyes, but in terms of relationships I loved the way she put herself out there for her brother and the sweet relationship romantically that comes up between her and Steve. Even the time leading up to the trek back home to her brother was fun and entertaining.

Overall, the plot of this story was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the story. I thought that Annika’s parent’s reaction and punishment to her leaving was too light to be realistic. I would love to see a sequel to this book, but left to the imagination–this story was fantastic and I would greatly recommend it to girls 12-15. 4 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 272


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