Thursday, December 10, 2009

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison.
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile.
Pages: 272.
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.

Just One Wish, while I wouldn’t put it on my favorite list, was incredibly cute and entertaining to read. The adventure of Annika trying to get in touch with Steve Raleigh, and the mishaps that follow were so easily laughable.

But while I enjoyed it, I was kind of disappointed at the same time. It was such a short book- I had it finished in one sitting of about an hour & a half’s length. The time span of the story also ranges around two to three days, that’s it; so it wasn’t surprising that we didn’t really get a feel for the story before and after Steve Raleigh entered the picture.

The speed of the story bothered me as well. The rush of the plot was perfectly fine, since it’s what the story called for, but I didn’t like the rush of the characters. Steve and Annika became involved entirely too quickly for my liking.

I think what I was most saddened with was the ending. I didn’t expect that, not at all. With all of the light-heartedness and fluff, it was kind of a heavy blow to heart. It’s realistic, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think it fit with the rest of the story at all.

But aside from the rushed characters and quick plot flow, I really enjoyed it. With the humorous, quirky journey of Annika, I could easily see this becoming a successful DCOM on Disney Channel. This is another one of those books that you save for a rainy day. It’ll definitely put a smile on your face!


  1. I've been wondering about this one. Your review is kind of what I expected it to be. I hate it when characters get involved too quickly! It's one of my major pet peeves about a book. With that being said, I'll definitely still read it, but it might be bumped down a few spots. Thanks for the review! :)

  2. it does sound cute, i want 2 read, i agree w/ u on the rushing of characters :D

  3. You gave it the exact same rating I did in my review (here), haha. We mentioned a lot of the same things, so I definitely agree with you about it being extremely cute but the relationship progressing too fast. Great review! :)

  4. Just commenting again to tell you I gave you an award here!

  5. Good review. Sounds like I might need to pick this one up.

  6. What a thoughful and interesting review! I don't think I'll be picking this one up.