Sunday, August 31, 2014

Magic Arrows: Just One Wish

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
Release Date: March 5, 2009
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 272
Keywords: celebrities, competition, cancer
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)
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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 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?
Hooray for finally grabbing books off my TBR pile that ended up all the way at the bottom and sort of forgotten! Also my ARC of this is blue, but this was the only high-resolution photo I could find. That's been an issue with the older books, not all of them have good quality cover photos I can use for my images.

The first line of this book was so funny, and it immediately set the tone and set my expectations up a bit for this book:
"I would have expected to see this sort of line if, say, Elvis had returned from the dead to give a concert."
 The feel of this book was so lightweight and funny that it was hard to realize that it was centered around Annika's younger brother, who was diagnosed with cancer. Her whole story begins as she sprints through a toy store trying to secure the hot item that season for her little brother, an action figure of Robin Hood, which has been featured on a new show. It's about teen Robin Hood, and they both watch it religiously. Of course, Annika's an archer too and teaches Jeremy all she knows.

On her journey to convince the actor to come visit her brother, she and her best friend get into some interesting hijinks, and their methods for getting around secret places, while unrealistic, were still funny. Amid all the humorous dialogue, though, there were a few issues I had overall with the book.

One of the main things, I'm very aware, was a personal issue with the book. This may not turn everyone away, but it did get a bit annoying for me. It was a teeny bit too Jesus-y. Annika had a lot of moments where she thought and talked out loud about why God was doing this, and she seemed kind of preacher-y when talking about this to other people. Like I said, I'm very aware that was more of a personal issue. I appreciated seeing her religious spirit, but I felt like it was mentioned too many times to be subtle.

Another issue I had was while all their antics were funny, they were so highly unrealistic and physically impossible that I just had to put it in my mind that there's no way any of this could have happened. Which was fine, and it was cute and adorable, so I didn't mind moving past it. Additionally, when the book is about three-quarters of the way over, instalove reared its ugly head. BAM. Out of nowhere. And then, suddenly, they were planning a future, and I wanted to gently remind them that they just met less than 24 hours ago.

I'm going to have a hard time rating this one on Goodreads, because while it was a really cute and enjoyable story, I can't think of it as good as the other cute stories I've read recently. There were just too many things I had to look past to consider it a truly wonderful book.

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