Review of Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

Posted May 10, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Just One WishJust One Wish by Janette Rallison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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 fi nds 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.


When I decided to read this the other night I was looking for something fun and uplifting. I wasn’t in the mood for a serious read. This fit the bill perfectly. It was cute, fluffy, and it had a few sad moments in it, but nothing that dampened the rom-com tone of the book.

So we have Annika our main-character and she really loves her brother Jeremy. There’s only one problem. Jeremy has brain cancer. She goes above and beyond what she is capable of doing to make Jeremy happy. First he wants a teenage Robin-Hood action figure for Christmas. It is the most in-demand toy for kids that year. She has to argue with a guy at the toy store to get one because he’s buying them all to put up on Ebay. What a douche. Then Annika comes up with this hare-brained idea to grant Jeremy wishes from a non-existent genie thinking that he will wish for the Robin-Hood doll. Well he doesn’t. He wants to meet the real Robin-Hood on TV. Annika doesn’t know what to do. She tries contacting his agent and publicist, and when that doesn’t work, she’s off to California to talk to Steve (Robin-Hood) himself. What follows is a slapstick comedy act of fun trying to get Robin-Hood to come visit Jeremy.

Okay so this clearly doesn’t sound like a book that would win any awards. And it’s not, but it sure is a fun read. I read through it pretty fast and I enjoyed every moment. I know I only gave it three-stars, but I usually do this for books that I like but don’t wow me.

I loved the characters and the story, but this book didn’t have a whole lot of depth. But I didn’t really expect it to either. I can however recommend it to you because it’s fun and enjoyable. If you’re looking for something to read based on the reasons I have stated, then look no further. The romance is cute and so are the scenes written on the studio lot. There isn’t, however, a whole lot of character development.

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