Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review of JUST ONE WISH by Janette Rallison

There is nothing Annika wouldn't do for her six-year-old brother Jeremy. She adores him to no end and she wants to give him anything he wants. More than anything, she wants to give him hope. Jeremy has cancer and he's about to have surgery. He's been very nervous about it so Annika is sure that all he needs is positive thinking to get him through it. Annika knows she has to be creative and make him believe that things will go well, so she tells him she has a magic genie that can grant wishes. What can go wrong? She knows what he wants, or at least she thinks she does. When her good intentions backfire and Jeremy wishes for Steve Raleigh, his favorite actor, to visit him, Annika decides to do whatever it takes to make his wish come true. She figures it shouldn't be too hard. She'll just show him Jeremy's picure and he will have to agree. Easy.

Not. So not easy. Stalking an actor is way harder than she thought. First of all, she has to find him, then she has to get close enough to talk to him without getting arrested or making a fool of herself. But Annika is no quitter. Even if it means wrangling snakes, becoming a nun and doing her own stunts, she will bring Steve to her brother. But once she captures him, will she be able to resist his charms? After all, he is rich, gorgeous and famous. They don't live in the same world but they may have more in common than they think.

Just One Wish is a quick read with a touching ending. Annika Truman is on a mission to grant her cancer-stricken six-year-old brother, Jeremy, his greatest wish in hopes that the positive experience will boost his outlook before brain surgery. Reminiscent of Janette Rallison's My Double Life, this book tells the story of a teenage girl inadvertently falling in love with an unreachable famous heartthrob in the process of achieving her goal (mmm, and he was quite a heartthrob!). I appreciate that each character had an internal journey, something deeper for the reader to discover. Just One Wish is a humorous, romantic and touching story of young adult trail and triumph. You'll laugh and you'll cry!

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