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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  9,910 ratings  ·  1,073 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman will do anything to fulfill her little brother's only wish before his frightening cancer surgery. The trouble is, he wants a certain superstar actor to pay him a visit. Annika has only a few days to drive to California and convince the celebrity to come home with her. On a seemingly impossible adventure that includes paparazzi, bows and arr ...more
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published July 21st 2014 (first published January 17th 2009)
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Melissa
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Implausible, impossible, far-fetched, silly, over-the-top, unrealistic, in-your-dreams, totally and completely off the charts concept.

I loved it.
Cara
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
How far would you go to accomplish an impossible wish? Annika Truman will not take no for an answer for the wish she wants to grant, and will see just how much it takes to pull off a miracle.

It all started when Annika said that Jeremy, her six-year old brother who has cancer, could wish for anything he wanted and her genie would give it to him on the spot. Annika is sure he's going to ask for the new Teen Robin Hood action figure, which she had to fight Black Friday crowds to get. She's totally
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Tiffany
What a fun, fun and moving story. Here is a quote I loved!


"Yesterday you asked me what the purpose of life is. I've thought about that ever since. I think it's to do good no matter what life throws at you, to not let the pain turn you bitter. It's something we have to learn, something we have to make ourselves become."

I would love a sequel to this one! Maybe it would lose some of it's charm with a sequel but it doesn't change the fact that I still would like a sequel.


September 2011

I read this bo
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Nitzan Schwarz
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I am very conflicted about this read.
First, I thought I wouldn't finish this book. The first half of the story drove me crazy, and I considered just stopping. But then the second half was quite good, so I thought I'd be giving this higher stars, but then--no, ending came and I both liked and hated it. Regretfully, in the end I could just really say "It was Ok". I know many people liked this but for me this was just... Well, s
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Alexandria
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because she did everything she could just to make her brother happy. Even though it made her sick to travel, she went to California to find Robin Hood to visit her sick brother in Maine . But she never gave up, not even a bit. She tried and tried to reach her goal to make her brother happy. But at the same time, she was scared that her brother would die.

I really liked this book because she was very determined to fulfill her brother's wish.

I really want you to read this book. I
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Fena
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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Sylvia
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Ooh.. buku yang sangat sedih :( I want to cry...

Buku ini diawali dengan kisah yang lucu, kocak dan alur yang cepat. Seru banget membayangkan petualangan Annika dan sahabatnya dalam rangka memenuhi permintaan sang adik. Jeremy, adiknya yang masih usia 6 tahunan, menderita kanker. Kenapa ya belakangan buku yang saya baca temanya kanker? And they are good books, too!

Anyway, ceritanya nih Annika mo ngasih hadiah kejutan buat Jeremy, berupa boneka Robin Hood remaja. Saat itu film Robin Hood remaja se
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Reign
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread 10/14/16 (for the nth time)

There are just books that will stick to your heart, that no matter how many times you read it, you won't get over it. This is one of my mood lifter books (together with I've Got Your Number) ever since. I will always feel happy finishing this regardless of how crappy my mood is. The plot is ridiculous and unreal, which makes it memorable for me. I just love this. ♥
Amy
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
2019 Review
Not sure I would give this one 5 stars on my re-read. But, in the spirit of preserving original ratings, I'll keep it.
The book really does a good job mixing YA fluff with an intense and often emotional plot line. Annika's affection for her brother and the family's response to his cancer feels believable and genuine. But because it feels so real, the YA romance between Teenage Girl and Teenage Boy feels somewhat...less real.
But hey! I'm a sucker for these celebrity romance things. So i
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Lauren
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before starting this, I had extremely high expectations. Since, for one, isn't the cover so cute? Plus, Janette's previous books have been great, so I was hoping this would be the same deal. Luckily, it was a darling book. Though, it had a quite a few flaws.

First off, I loved the characters. Annika was a strong teenage girl that I admired a ton, because of how far she would go to make all of her brother's dreams come true. Plus, the relationships she had with her parents, best friend, and broth
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Janette
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Check out an awesome trailer for this book at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP1Nce...

and I love the song too!
Darius Murretti
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This is my first Janette Rallison book and I think I have found a new favorite author !!!

Our protagonist : 17 year old Annika Truman, a gifted empath and president of her high school archery club , is not used to losing and, generally, will stop at nothing to get what she wants. When her little brother, Jeremy, is diagnosed with cancer, she does feel a loss of control, but it’s nothing compared to her desire to help Jeremy fight the cancer (and win). As he faces surgery in a week to remove the
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mich
I went on a Janette Rallison mini-binge recently and this was my favorite of the bunch. Really cute and sweet, but certain things felt a little too rushed.
Sara Grochowski
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
When I picked this one up I was looking for a cute, fluffy read with some possible romance. And I got it - in ways - but I feel like I got a lot more from this book as well.

The plot centers around a scheme to get the actor who plays Teen Robin Hood to come visit the main character Annika's brother before he has surgery for his cancer. Jeremy, Annika's brother, is only six, so right off the bat that makes this novel a little heavier. The plot is, for various reasons, a bit far-fetched, but Ralli
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Michelle
Sep 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seventeen-year-old Annika is determined to grant her little brother's wish before he has brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Will she be able to convince the gorgeous young actor who plays his favorite TV character to visit six-year-old Jeremy? Annika is smart, strong, and funny. She is devoted to her brother and mad at God for making him sick. It is a sad, serious situation but Annika has an entertaining, romantic adventure along the way. The ending will tug at your heart.

I loved it! I
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Mina
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bleh
It was incredibly cute and entertaining to read. The adventure of Annika trying to get in touch with Steve Raleigh, and the mishaps that follow were so easily laughable.

But while I enjoyed it, I was kind of disappointed at the same time. The time span of the story also ranges around two to three days, that’s it; so it wasn’t surprising that we didn’t really get a feel for the story before and after Steve Raleigh entered the picture. And little Jeremy broke my heart. I was hoping the surgery woul
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Djezelle
Джанет Рэллисон "Всего одно желание"

10 из 10

Жанр:
YA, драма, современный любовный роман
POV: от первого лица, женский
Геометрия чувств: прямая
Отличительные черты: герой-знаменитость, смертельное заболевание одного из героев

РЕЦЕНЗИЯ:
Позвольте мне признаться, я просто ВЛЮБЛЕНА в эту книгу. Я знакома с Джанет Рэллисон по любительскому переводу «В любви, на войне и в школе все средства хороши», и еще тогда для себя отметила автора. Но если «В любви…» милый и простой роман, то «Всего одно желание» куд
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Andreia Silva
Apesar de ainda estarmos em Março estava já a desesperar por ainda não ter encontrado nem lido nenhum livro que me arrebatasse e que merecesse aquelas 5 estrelas, que tenho por vezes dificuldade em oferecer! Sou o que se pode chamar de forreta na classificação de livros!E, finalmente, encontrei um livro que as merece todas!

"Just One Wish" é um livro YA mas que não é, de todo, superficial ou fútil ou recheado de hormonas adolescentes com todas as suas parvoíces inerentes! Nele conhecemos Annika q
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Kim
I really don't see the point of authors trying to emphasise on the lack of Mary-Sue element in their books by bombarding the (of course) perfect female lead with tonnes of embarrassing mishaps and situations. For me, some of them don't work well- some end up portraying the sheer bimbo that lurks within the empty girl's soul, while others end up portraying an unrealistic ideals and expectations of the idealistic male lead/knight in shining armour that will never, ever tread the earth that we live ...more
Erica (daydreamer)
*smile* I loved it. It was a quick, fun read. The scenes just flow perfectly into the next. I read it straight through; I couldn’t put it down. Not because it was gripping or thrilling, but because it was fun and the writing was fluid. The plot was completely unbelievable, but it was fun and intriguing. There were parts that had me laughing out loud or just smiling idiotically; my sister kept telling me to be quiet. The beginning was chaotic, and things would happen that I don’t think would real ...more
Mith
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY
Every now and then a book comes along which is sweet and funny and heart-warming, and you're zipping through the pages smiling to yourself, laughing at the protagonist's antics (where she either has a snake draped around her neck because she's pretending to be an animal wrangler or is forced to play a pretty nun in a popular teen TV show as she is confused for an extra) and going "awww" at the cute romance blossming between the protagonist and the hot male lead in the above mentioned TV show, fe ...more
Shalene
I've been craving a book that I actually enjoy reading for a while now. For the past few months, I feel as if I've only found novels that I feel obliged to finish rather than wanting to finish. So thank you, Just One Wish. You satisfied that need!!

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Maca
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would like it better, if it was not so naive. I also didn’t like MC, because she acted childish, when she didn’t get what she wanted.

2,5*
Sequoia
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some books which you forget. There are some books which you remember. This book is neither one of those. It will sear itself on your soul.

I won't repeat the book blurb as you've probably already read it. However, here's what the blurb doesn't tell you. Annika is one of the strongest heroines in literature. The amount of dedication (or desperation) she has for her brother is of epic proportions). If you have issues with your family, as most of us do, her strength will make you reconside
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I usually avoid sad books or books that have sad topics, but I love Rallison’s books and trust that even though it’s a sad topic it will be handled well. This is a really sweet read, Annika is having a hard time accepting her little brother has cancer and might not make it. She will do anything to tip the odds in their favor, including kidnapping a celebrity to make his wish come true. I loved how Annika was so determined and not willing to give up. She feels powerless to really do anything to h ...more
Katie
Nov 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, signed-books
Just One Wish, while I wouldn’t put it on my favorite list, was incredibly cute and entertaining to read. The adventure of Annika trying to get in touch with Steve Raleigh, and the mishaps that follow were so easily laughable.

But while I enjoyed it, I was kind of disappointed at the same time. It was such a short book- I had it finished in one sitting of about an hour & a half’s length. The time span of the story also ranges around two to three days, that’s it; so it wasn’t surprising that w
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Angela
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was everything I thought it would be and more. I couldn't put it down - I literally finished it in a couple of hours.

The main character- Annika- was very easy to relate to and understand. Probably because I found out pretty quickly that I had more in common with her than just the alikeness in our names. She is an amazing character- very strong and her devotion to her brother is admirable. There should be more people like that in the real world.

The story itself was unbelievably amazing-
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Lenni Jones
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books-ever
Just One Wish was such a beautiful story about determination. I loved it because it was funny and it really clicked with me. The beginning drew me in with Annika buying the Teen Robin Hood action figure. I found it funny and I was immediately drawn into the book. I was stuck in Annika's world and found myself confused coming back to the real world. When Annika was in the car, I would come back to the real world and realize I'm in my bedroom, not a car. I think that fans of The Cupcake Queen woul ...more
Chryselle
I read this in under 2 hours! I couldn't put it down.

It was very entertaining and although this would never ever happen in real life, like most YA novel plots don't, and although it's way OTT, I continued reading it because it was funny and the characters are very likable! I didn't want to stop reading because I wanted to know what's going to happen next. :)

For a YA chick lit, this definitely deserves 5 stars.
Lillian Jillian
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Passionate believers
Loved this book. It was a tear-jerker. Choked on 256. So vibrantly layered and emotional. I loved to see the characters develop and would loathe to have it be ruined by a sequel. Janette has inspired me along with 675,000 readers to 'keep climbing'. I am still cloudy-visioned as I post this review. The characters in this story are realistically starving for life.
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