Saturday, May 23, 2009

Book Review

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 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.


By: Christine Bryant

Just One Wish is a touching story about real life issues told in a light-hearted tale of sibling love and sacrifice. Throw in a little mischief and romance and Rallison has a winner on her hands. I was completely in love with the characters and thought they were not only realistic, but found myself upon completion of the book, wondering about their lives as if they were real people in a real world.

Just One Wish was a delightful read. I read it in just a few hours in one sitting, mostly because I couldn't put the darn thing down. This was the first book I've read by this author because I don't usually read young adult, but after this experience you will be sure to find me in the YA section of the bookstore with a few of Rallison's books tucked in the crook of my arm.

For more information about Just One Wish or about Janette Rallison, click here.

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  1. Thanks for the post! I can't wait to read it! It sounds great!

  2. Aww man,I commented on this yesterday, it must not have saved. Thank you so much for this review Christine! I can't wait to get to the states so I can read this book! Hope you're having a great weekend!

  3. I love book reviews because I don't have a lot of time on my hands these days. So, I like to hear if I should invest time in a book or not. And it sounds like this one is worth a few hours of investment. Thanks so much, Christine.

  4. Very cool! I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds great! :D

  5. Not a lot of comments were coming in on this book review, so I thought maybe it wasn't something you wanted on the blog. I'm glad you guys liked it and hope to do more in the future if you all agree its okay. Just thought it would be something different and I didn't have a lot of time this week to prepare something profound.

  6. Yes, book reviews are awesome, Christine. Keep them coming.

  7. I've met Janette Rallison and she's fabulous in person! She is also a member of the Utah Children's Writers Yahoo group and the blog we created. She's so amazing-- and humble. When we make a big deal about her, she's always surprised! So cute! Glad you reviewed the book.



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