Monday, September 30, 2013

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison Review

"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 is a hilarious and snarky book. Although it not crying material (not really because crying isn't crying unless you are the sibling of a cancer patient), Just One Wish is totally wish worthy. (But I don't recommend doing all those things Annika Truman has done because it is just too crazy, unless you actually have a genie.) Just One Wish is unbelievable, yet also beautiful and gorgeous. (I know, I haven't call recent books that, but truly Just One Wish is). 

I can't help but reread my favorite parts of Just One Wish. Kissing scene. Reread. Jeremy and his television idol (a Robin Hood) scene. Reread. The last few sentences in Just One Wish. Reread. I want to know what happens after Just One Wish. I need a sequel because it is just so good. (Maybe a little more about the new couple in town.) 

Just One Wish is perfectly paced, if you are after a quick book. It's crazy, downright crazy. With a missing snake, a cancer patient, and a determined Annika Truman, along with a hunky, but hot actor, who by the way plays Robin Hood, Just One Wish is destined to go wrong. The plot goes nuts; sometimes I wonder what is going to happen next and what happens in the end. (Duh, Annika gets the boy.) But some other parts are quite surprising. (Like Jeremy asking for the real live Robin Hood visit him and teach him how to shoot arrows.) 

The writing of Janette Rallison is perfect. I love how humorous and homey Ms. Rallison's writing is, despite the seriousness of the situation. (Hello? Jeremy has cancer, don't tell me you forgot about that.) I'm addicted to the way she writes because I can't help but soak into the storyline. 

The ending is beautiful. I love how old yet young Jeremy seems to be; he's only six years old and is about to go under surgery. 

I have no problem with Annika's character (other than how crazy and dangerous she is). Don't forget about Robin Hood. The real live Robin Hood is sweet and wonderful, but I don't understand why he likes Annika. Don't forget that Annika's seventeen and therefore underaged. 

Rating: Four out of Five 

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