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Just One Wish

Just One Wish

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by Janette Rallison

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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


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.

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Publishers Weekly

Annika would do anything for her younger brother, who has cancer. So when he wishes for a visit from TV star Teen Robin Hood, feisty Annika drives from her Nevada hometown to Los Angeles to make his wish come true. The best moments are the silly ones, such as when Annika and her friend masquerade as animal wranglers to sneak onto the set. But these contrast perhaps too starkly with the sad, sometimes oversentimental passages as Annika deals with her younger brother's mortality. (She asks Steve Raleigh, the actor who plays Robin Hood, "Why can't life turn out like it does on your show-neatly and with the good guys always winning at the end?") Readers will find much of the plotting predictable, as Annika not only persuades Steve to grant her brother's wish, but falls for the heartthrob in the process. The thoughtful ending, if out of step with the story's more madcap elements, is still moving. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 7-10

This screwball comedy-cum-heartfelt drama is by turns far-fetched, enjoyable, and touching. Seventeen-year-old Annika's little brother, Jeremy, is about to undergo surgery for cancer. The teen promises him that she has a genie that will bring his favorite TV character, Teen Robin Hood, to meet him. In what seems like too much of a sitcom plot, Annika drives several hours, invades the show's set, and persuades its star to come home with her. He's on a tight schedule. Paparazzi attack them. His car breaks down. Steve and Annika fall in love, adding a sweet, but uncertain, romance to the mix. She also learns that he has a family situation of his own to resolve. Questions about the meaning of life and whether there is a caring God give the book heft but don't always jibe with its lighter aspects. Annika is a resourceful, kindhearted heroine, and her Robin Hood has dimension as well. The novel is interesting enough to attract reluctant readers, and it makes a fine, if not necessary, addition to the chick-lit shelf.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

Kirkus Reviews
When 17-year-old Annika's younger brother is diagnosed with brain cancer, her family's world flips upside-down. Used to always being in control, Annika steps up and hatches a somewhat flimsy plot that she believes will improve her brother's chance of survival. To carry out her plan, however, she needs the assistance of heartthrob Steve Raleigh, the actor who plays Teen Robin Hood in her brother's favorite TV series. Taking an impromptu road trip with her best friend, Annika crashes the Robin Hood set and draws on all her skills-abetted by lots of luck-to convince the hunky star to help her in granting her brother just one wish. Told in Annika's voice, which is indistinguishable from the rest of the chick-lit pack, this text aims for laughs but falls short, instead striking a sentimental, though not mawkish, chord. Although at times over the top, this comedy is a modern-day Robin Hood story itself, complete with unbelievable romance, hammy action scenes and only the best of intentions. (Fiction. YA)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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5.74(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.03(d)
HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Janette Rallison is the author of the bestselling All’s Fair in Love, War and High School and a number of popular romantic comedies. She lives in Chandler, Arizona.

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Just One Wish 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i loved this book it was so good i wish there was a movie for this book an dif there is someone tell me but anyones any body thats looking for a book this is really good if you like a lobe story with a twist this book wa sso good like i siad......... i wonder if theres a sequel to this book so yeah chek i out !!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt that this book was well written, had a good story, and moved fast. But personally I felt it wasn't a five because I just wasn't that into the book. Though you should still try it because it is a good book even though it didn't fit me.
Snowy576 More than 1 year ago
This book was surprising. I thought it was going to be not that great and just an easy read, but it explores universal ideas such as cancer and really is a good book which personally with the topic covered could not be written in any other way. It ended in the way it should and realistically too.
ilovebooksMC More than 1 year ago
When I grabbed this book. It was last minute. I had seen the cover from time to time as I was looking around, but at the last minute I picked up this book as a light read. I had finished in two days. It was great! The tale of the best big sister helping her brother who has a brain tomber, while falling in love with a movie star can be an over whelming book topic but this book was great! I would recommend it to kids from ages 10-18. It's a great read!
tennisgirl3194 More than 1 year ago
This book was very fast paced and easy to read. I read it in only two days. I’ve read a few books by Janette Rallison before but this is by far my favorite! I was in love with the idea from the beginning-it seemed like such a cute, fun story. It starts right in with the action and the problem, leaving no time for unnecessary fluff. Jeremy seems like such a cute little brother and I’m sad for what he has to go through in the story, but it makes the plot deeper and more purposeful. Annika [don't you just love the name?] is a strong leading lady who knows what she wants and will stop at nothing to get it. She’s good as reading people’s emotions, and her creativity levels are sky high. I was laughing just trying to figure out what she’d come up with next. Steve wasn’t your normal celebrity that you usually encounter in novels. His interactions with Annika were original enough so that I didn’t feel as if I’d read it before. The ending-I love the ending. Not that I want to give it away. This book is definitely one of the best I’ve read lately. Short, sweet, and just fun to read. I give it 5/5 stars all the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nuff said
Madison Wood More than 1 year ago
it was a good book
little_monkey More than 1 year ago
The book was a 2 thumbs up hit. Getting to all that trouble to just make her brother's wish come true is just the ultimate a sister can do. This book will show you what true sibilings are willing to do to make each other happy. Especially Anika, who takes you to her all-the-way-funny journey to a whole different world from the one she lives in, just to do the right thing for her brother. I cannot think of any other funny-kidness book like this one.
My-Rockin-Self More than 1 year ago
Just One Wish is a really cute, heartfelt story of a 's love for her little brother. The plot makes you smile, the romance leaves you with a tingling sensation in you heart and Annika's determination to put a little more sunshine in the world is memorable! If you want a book that will leave you feeling warm and that is fast paced, funny, and romantic well here it is! A GREAT READ!
TinaFerraro More than 1 year ago
Well-established young adult author Janette Rallison hits new highs with JUST ONE WISH, which focuses on a 17 year-old's desperate struggle to do what she can to help her 6 year-old brother in his battle with cancer. Alternately poignant and amusing, the storyline offers many surprises, as well as enjoyable moments as 17 year-old Annika starts an unlikely relationship with a popular TV teen idol. I highly recommend it.
Manga_lover_Casey More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book yeasterday. I usually cant stand sad books but i loved this one. It gives you mixed emotions through the whole book. I definitely resommmend this book and other Janette Rallison books.
amethyst88 More than 1 year ago
I read this in less than a day. I couldn't put it down. This is probably the first laugh out loud book about cancer that I've ever read. It was sweet, funny and sad (but never too sad). I've read a number of Janette Rallison's books and this was definately the best. Just One Wish is highly recommended.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
With an uncanny ability for reading other people and the force of a charming personality, seventeen-year-old Annika Truman is used to getting her way.

Heading out to the day-after-Thanksgiving sales, Annika wants nothing more than to return home with a Talking Teen Robin Hood for her cancer-stricken little brother, Jeremy. But the six-year-old throws her a curveball when he reveals that his heart's desire is for the "real" Teen Robin Hood, from the shows they watch on television, to pay him a visit.

Determined to give her little brother his wish, Annika hits the Internet looking for a way to contact the show's nineteen-year-old star, Steve Raleigh.

When the traditional methods fail, Annika drives from Nevada to Burbank, California, where The Adventures of Teen Robin Hood is filmed. With her best friend, Madison, in tow, the girls hatch a plan they hope will convince the young star to help Annika grant Jeremy's wish.

The idea of two young girls successfully sneaking onto a high-profile studio lot requires serious reader suspension of belief, no doubt. Through the strength of Annika's characterization and the loving relationship she shares with Jeremy, though, Ms. Rallison gives the reader a chance to abandon the cynicism of reality in favor of a world where wishes really can come true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of my favourite books ever. I have this book in an actaul book not an ebook and I have had it a bunch. But any way this book is more for tweens, preteens(like myself), and teenager probably up to 17. This book is well written and very sweet. It made me cry a bunch at the end. I really, really reccomend this book. And the great thing is, is that its not a series so you don't have to spend a lot of money.
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I absolutely love this book... I really love the author to, she just puts stuff in books that you can relate and the embarrassing thimgs that happen in here would totally happen to me... so I love, love love this!!!!!!
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You really can't help loving this book, with a tough heroine that loves her little brother more than life. I really felt like this book had amazing potential. It was too short and even though I really wanted to love the characters, I just couldn't really connect with them. But all in all still a good book. It is sad though and the ending made me feel like the book shouldn't be over
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This book is so heartfelt and just awewome. I really wish there was a sequal. Anikka could never stop loving her brother. I was so into it i thought i was her. She really is someone special. She went to all odds ends just to grant her brothers wish. I recomend this book to anyone with siblings.
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