Monday, June 8, 2009

Just One Wish

Just One Wish
by Justine Rallison

#of pages: 272
Age range: 13 - 16

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 curve ball 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?

I have a warning I would like to issue to anyone who is preparing to read this, listen carefully: Do not, I repeat DO NOT read this on a school/work night. That was my mistake. Sunday evening I picked up Just One Wish and began to read what I thought would be a fun romantic comedy with a splash of sweet sadness. What I got was an incredibly amazing novel that kept me up until 3 am!

No, it did not take me that long to read, I finished the book somewhere around one twenty, but by the time I was actually sound asleep, it was 3. You see this book was a page turner, filled with comical action, romance, and a surprising deepness that will touch readers without making them sob.

Annika is a confident blond who devotes her time to her six year old brother who has cancer. The story starts off with Annika and her BFF Madison waiting to get in at Toys R Us at 4 in the morning after thanksgiving (black Friday, you know?) to get a Teen Robin Hood action figure set for her brother, but readers really get a glimpse at Annika's personality when all the action figures are taken by a sleazy man with a big heart for cash.

So the story unfolds from there as Annika drives to Hollywood with Madison and get into all kinds of comic situations involving the handsome Teen Robin Hood actor - Steve Raleigh. This is a great novel about love, loss, and of course the fact that some wishes are meant to come true.

I totally and completely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun novel, deeper than fluff, but not so deep that you drown in it! If you liked Just One Wish, check out:

My Fair Godmother: Janette Rallison
Jessica's Guide: Beth Fantasky
Dairy Queen: Katherine Murdock
Evermore: Alyson Noel
The Boyfriend Game: Stephenie Davis
Peace, Love and Baby Ducks: Lauren Myracle

You can buy Just One Wish by Janette Rallison at Amazon, in paperback or hardcover (the hardcover is only $2 more than the paperback!)

You can visit Janette Rallison here

Have you read Just One Wish? If so, let me know what you thought of it!


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