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Just One Wish Hardcover – March 5, 2009
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Grade 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
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Rallison has become known for her girls’ sports fiction, with light, breezy tones, sometimes didactic messages, and satisfying happy endings. Here she deviates from this formula, as 17-year-old Annika tries desperately to get TV-star Steve Raleigh, of Teen Robin Hood fame, to visit her six-year-old brother, Jeremy, before the brain-tumor surgery that may or may not save his life. Despite the circumstances, madcap adventures abound: Annika’s attempts to infiltrate the Burbank studio set during the filming of the show, disguised as an animal handler with a huge snake, are predictable but delightful. Her initial reaction to Steve is distaste and disgust—which means that soon enough they are a romantic item. However, what drives this story is not their romance, but rather Annika’s love for her little brother and the courage she displays as she tries to save him. The sibling relationship between Annika and Jeremy is both believable and heartrending—get out your handkerchiefs! Grades 7-11. --Debbie Carton
Top customer reviews
Oh this was so deep it had me laughing and then crying. It delves so well into the psyche of everyone involved when our loved ones are sick or hurting. It was so beautiful how the brother was portrayed and how the situations were handled.
And even better with the humor and the totally tangible realness of everyone involved.
Out of all the books I have read, this one seems the most whole with the harrowing real-life and real-emotions plot.
A bit zany with the ideas,yes. But desperation can take someone VERY far.
*****Also, just a warning: Hachette charges 7% sales tax on this Kindle book (55 cents). I saw where it says "price set by the publisher" but I REALLY wish that Amazon would also say something about how that means that sales tax is added on, even with e-books. Because when you "buy with one click", you don't really see the tax until you check your bank statement. Just a minor grievance - not for the book, but in case you didn't know, like I didn't.*****
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