October 28, 2010

Just one Wish by Janette Rallison


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 curve ball 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.

Epic Wins:
  • A hair brain adventure. She basically goes to Hollywood with no plan other than to find Steve and maybe pretend to be snake wrangler.
  • Annika will do anything and everything for her little brother Jeremy, it is so admirable. Her family means so much to her which is a stark contrast to Steve.
  • She comes up with THE craziest maneuvers, many of them are unbelievable! Literally, could someone really sneak into a set just because they are holding a snake?? The reason this is a win is beside the weirdness of all her ideas it is really funny to read about how everything goes as unplanned. :)
  • Annika can read people body language to see if they are lying or doubtful which really helps her with her fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-and-wing-it schemes.
  • Jeremy, he such a cute little six-year old and always says the right thing. He loves Annika and her stories and is wise beyond his years.
  • Annika is determined to make Jeremy’s wish come true, no matter the embarrassment.
  • Steve, though very arrogant, ends up being a sweet heart (well for the most part, sometimes he just makes you mad but that's the point!)
  • When Maid Marion falls into the fish pond (who wouldn’t love that? The cute guy is distracted by you and pushes the stuck-up girl into her place!!)
  • A lot of situation where you just have to laugh
  • Annika’s story for Jeremy… so sweet.
  • The ending, though slightly sad, was wonderfully sweet and delicious. "Don't worry I wont tell Maid Marion" -Jermy
Epic Fails:
  • Steve sometimes is a jerk and sometimes he is sweet heart. It’s like he is bipolar or he just can’t decide if he is a snooty star or a down to earth guy who acts. (Flipping whip lash if you ask me but I suppose it is to keep you guessing!)
  • Annika isn't on speaking terms with god. She blames him for Jeremy’s cancer. She also attempts to pray and can’t bring herself to do it because the last time she did pray they found out Jeremy had cancer. I think it is kind of wrong of her to think God doesn't care (but that is just my opinon). She keeps saying he hates her and that he doesn’t want to hear from her. This aggravates me just slightly (that’s a lie it aggravates me a lot!).
  • Steve and his family… they are very dysfunctional but aren’t all families. Mainly I don't like how Steve ignores what he has, a perfectly healthy brother.
  • Annika is like an ice queen, she keeps to herself and only worries about Jeremy. She locks everybody else out. I must rationalize this because I would probably do the same if it were my little brother.

This book made me cry, in the worst sense of the word, more like sob. It just hits hard in certain times and you can’t help but say what I would do if my brother had cancer? It makes you want to go and hug your family everyday and say I love you, never good bye. Annika’s story isn’t about hope but about learning to hope. Evidently, this book was amazing and I’m gonna stop rambling now!

just sayin,

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