Monday, February 20, 2012

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

As you probably know, I really love the books about girls falling in love with celebrities. It's a secret embarassing addiction that I'm not afraid to admit, but at least I can admit it! Anyways, I'm really impressed with Just One Wish! 4 out of 5 stars.

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
4.25 out of 5 stars
Published in 2009
Summary from Goodreads: 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 was pretty good. Actually, it was amazing! I loved how much Annika was willing to do for Jeremy. She was extremely caring and loyal. Plus, she wasn't afraid to do the unexpected just to get Steve to visit. Not only that, but she was also kind of snarky and bold, just what I look for in a character. I absolutely loved that there was a strong main character!

Steve wasn't a bad guy- I didn't hate him, for one thing. I loved how he totallly understood Annika's sense of humor and kind of got her attitude. He was also pretty charming, but not in the annoying way. It was great how he realized his mistakes in the end. While he was flawed, he got over his flaws. He had quite a bit of character development considering the circumstances.

Hilarious? DEFINITELY! I started laughing super loudly when I read Just One Wish- all the situations were totally not normal! You see, Annika goes to extremes when trying to get Steve to visit Jeremy, including sneaking onto a set with a snake and a horse and doing more than the recommended amount of archery. While the plot was definitely outrageous, you kind of have to keep in mind that the book is meant to be a COMEDY. That means you have to disregard the fact that the story probably won't happen in real life, but not that I care...
While it was predictable, I still enjoyed a few of the odd surprises that occured. I was not prepared for the ending though. There's something kind of not expected in it...

If anyone ever sees me laughing uncontrollably and ranting about nuns with horses on top of trailers, just know that I'm mostly not crazy. Instead, I'm thinking of Just One Wish.


Dalene @ A Date with a Book said...

I have heard great things about this author. Still have not read anything by her yet, but is on my TBR. Great review thanks!

Valerie said...

You're welcome! This is the first I've read by her, but I definitely can't wait to read her other novels!

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