Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
Posted April 26, 2009on:
Good If… You want a cute love story with a focus on family.
Summary (Taken from Amazon):
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 fi nds 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.
My Thoughts:You know how sometimes you think out something so well that you’re pretty sure you know exactly how everyone is going to react and then it doesn’t happen that way? Well, that’s exactly the position Annika is in except for her, it happens on a much bigger level. She thought she knew what wishes her brother would make and she knew exactly how to make them come true – but then he changes his mind and makes an impossible wish. To give her brother hope, Annika has to make the wish come true, and you know, maybe she’ll fall in love along the way.
I’m not a big fan of celebrity characters because they’re usually unrealistically nice or total jerks. Fortunately, Rallison knows exactly how to make a TV star seem realistic but also like someone you’d want to hang around.
She also knows how to write about sibling love without getting overly sappy. Annika and Jeremy have a relationship that, despite the circumstances, is surprisingly sweet and I’d love to have a similar relationship with my brother.
Once I started this, I really couldn’t put it down. The plot isn’t extremely complex but the emotions really came thrown. Some parts had me laughing out loud (which got me some pretty weird looks) and others had me really sad. The ending wasn’t my favorite but it was realistic and if it had went any other way, it would have been too perfect.
I definitely recommend this one.