Friday

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

Every girl wishes to meet the cute, famous, teen star playing the lead in the show that everyone's talking about. What girl doesn't right?

Well Annika Truman does have a wish - but it's not that. Her wish is that her six year old brother, Jeremy, survives the surgery that will remove the tumor in his head. She desperately believes in the power of positive thinking and has a plan to get Jeremy thinking positive. After getting the Teen Robin Hood figurine he's been asking for she devises a plan. This plan consists of having Jeremy believe that she has a genie that will grant him two wishes... and, of course, Jeremy has been dying for the Teen Robin Hood figurine, so this is a fool-proof way of things working out perfectly. But Annika is thrown for a loop when her brother asks for NOT the figurine but the real Teen Robin Hood. He wants to take archery lessons from the real Teen Robin Hood. 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?

This story has a little bit of everything. I laughed, I cried, I sighed... It was so much more than the cute, bright cover leads you to believe.

Annika is smart, strong, spunky and funny. She has a knack for reading people and this confidence that you can't help but look up to. She is devoted to Jeremy - the love between this brother and sister alone shone so bright in these pages... giving me a lump in my throat more than once. But she also had her moments of weakness - moments that made her even more realistic and relateable to me. She is mad at God for making Jeremy sick - but she has hopes that she'll be able to swing the odds in her favor if Jeremy gets his wish, making him think positive which will then help him pull through the surgery.

There were many moments that were unrealistic, far-fetched, silly, even over-the-top - but in the end it worked for me. With Annika anything seemed possible. I absolutely loved this and can highly recommend to readers of all ages.

5 comments:

Kath said...

Great review, I love this book & this author! All her books are so much fun.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love Janette! Great review. :) I really liked this one too :)

Tammy said...

Sounds like a very sweet read! Just perfect for February so I'm adding it to my wish list. Thanks for the heads up.

GABY said...

Sounds cute.

holdenj said...

This looks great. I read one of her other books about the "fair" godmother and it was really good.

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