Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Review: Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
by Janette Rallison
4 of 5 stars
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? - from Goodreads
This book was adorable. And I don't mean that in a demeaning way. It was fun and funny and quick (I read it in one evening) but it had a real heart. I loved Annika and her spunk and daring. I loved her "get up and do" and "I don't need a plan" approach to life. I loved her best friend and the loyalty she showed. I loved the little brother and his worries and quick mind and unconditional love for his sister. I loved Steve and his thick skin which wasn't really that thick after all. I loved that Annika had real issues to face and real tears to shed. I loved the archery, the snake, the kisses, the studio, the trailer jumping, and the not perfectly-perfect ending.
This book isn't going to change your life. But it will bring out a sunny smile, squeeze your heart, and make you want more of Janette Rallison.
And when you go out and get more, might I suggest My Fair Godmother. It is my favorite favorite so far.