Monday, November 22, 2010

Review: Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

From Back Cover: Annika will do anything to fulfill her little brother's only wish before a frightening surgery. The trouble is, he wants the superstar actor who plays Teen Robin Hood to pay him a visit. Annika has only a few days to drive to California and convince the celebrity to come home with her. On an impossible adventure that includes paparazzi, bows and arrows, and one enormous snake, Annika learns a few lessons about family, love, and having her own wishes granted.

My Rating: 5 hearts
Thoughts on the Novel: Out of all the books I’ve read by Janette Rallison, Just One Wish would have to be my favourite one. Like all of Rallison’s novels, it’s cute, witty and easy to read, but this one seems to have more depth and has a very unexpected ending! I loved that twist though because life doesn’t always work out the way that we want, and yet Rallison still left me with the upbeat feeling that I’ve come to expect from her work.

I also loved the protagonist, Annika. It’s clear that she adores her brother Jeremy – he’s such a cutie – and is willing to do whatever it takes to make the surgery easier for him. Regardless of whatever obstacle is in her way, she just keeps going and refuses to give up. Rallison however also allows the reader to see the frightened and vulnerable girl beneath Annika’s spunky exterior, which makes Annika a loveable character that you can’t help but empathize with. 

Just One Wish was released by Putnam Juvenile in March 2009.

Comments About the Cover: It’s nice and simple but it makes me think that the story features a fairy godmother, which is totally not true. Fulfilling Jeremy’s wish may have required hard work, creativity and persistence, but there’s definitely no magic involved.


  1. A story about wishing that doesn't have magic. Nice! I've heard of this one, but this is the first review I've seen. Will have to check it out. Great review!

  2. Ive heard good things about this post and your review doesn't disappoint! thanks so much for sharing :)

    ps. ur blog is super cute (uve made a follower out of me). i just recently started by blog as well.... hopefully i can get it going like yours soon! keep up the good work!



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