21 September 2009

Just One Wish Book Review

Book: Just One Wish
Janette Rallison
Genre: Young Adult

My condensed version: Annika promises her sick little brother one wish from a magical genie. There is only one problem. There is no genie and her brother has wished for the near impossible. Now Annika has only a couple of days to drive to California, get past security, and convince a perfectly dreamy and hunky television star to drop everything he is doing and come with her to meet her kid brother.

My take: Annika's journey is light but also serious. It is less about adventure and more about facing children's cancer. Through the course of her journey Annika must learn that some things are beyond her control and she must focus on what she can control.

My rating: 4 stars I really liked this story. It is not perfect but it is heart felt.

3 for 3:
Main character: Driven afraid tenacious
Plot: Deep yet fun
Writing: Great characters & believable

The Meter Readings:
Kiddie-o-meter: While there is some truancy and breaking the law there is no sex, violence, or social commentary.
Adult-o-meter: A nice tale for the young at heart. This would also be perfect for any one facing the sickness of a child.

Love the love?: Even though Steve is a hottie and there is some hot kisses, this story only has bits of romance.

Worth-a-read?: Check it out from the library when you are in the mood for a light read with some sustenance.

Quotable: "That's the thing about the Internet. It's really good at giving you pointless facts like how many horses a star owns, but not important things like how to invade his trailer."

Noteable: Here is an interview with Janette Rallison discussing Just One Wish. Janette is also the author of one of my favorite books My Fair Godmother. Click here to read my My Fair Godmother book review.

My final say: I always enjoy Janette's writing. The character of Annika is that older sister we can all relate to.


  1. Sounds sad. Thanks for the review. Maybe I will check with the library.

  2. This is the first I hear of this book. It sounds good. I think I'll give it a try. :)

  3. I love Janette Rallison - I just brought this book home from the library and will soon be reading it.

  4. Huhn, I've never heard of this one. Sounds pretty good. Nice review!

  5. I've seen this book around, but wasn't sure what to make of it. Thanks for your review, and I'll be placing it on hold in the library! :)

  6. I saw this cover somewhere thats what has caught my eye.

  7. Sounds like the author did a great job with difficult subject. Nice review. They don't have to be perfect to still be worth the read!

  8. I love that quote. The premise sounds good - I'll be interested to see if the author pulls it off. Good review!

  9. Sounds an interesting read. Thanks for the review! I also stopped by to let you know I have an award for you here! :)

  10. I really liked My Fair Godmother, but the subject matter has turned me away from this one. I'm worried there will be an unhappy ending! I'll have to pick it up soon, though. Great review!

  11. I've heard of this one, glad you liked it! I'm adding it to my TBR pile, fab review!! :)

  12. Nice review, though I have to say, this sounds a little sad for me.

  13. It does sound sad, and I wonder what my wish would be if I was that kid...., I guess I'm always interested in self-exploration!

  14. I don't know if I could read this, it sounds like it would make me cry

  15. I have seen this floating around and it really does sound like another fun book I would like. Great review!

  16. Ya know the more I think about it the more I realize that even though the writer tackles some heavy stuff it still manages to not be sad.

  17. Thanks for sharing. I hadn't heard of this one.