Just One Wish

CoverClean-JustOneWishSeventeen-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? 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.


  1. Shannon
    April 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I have read “Just One Wish” too many times to count! I LOVE it! Every time I read it there are parts that make me laugh and cry, even though I know what is going to happen… It is one of my all time favorite books!! I would love to read a sequel to it (wink wink), and I would definitely go see a movie in theaters as many times as I could (if they make it as good as you wrote it, of course)!! Love your books so much!!

    • Janette Rallison
      April 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Glad you liked it! Maybe someday I’ll get around to writing more in the story.

      • Jenny Valverde
        September 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

        I would also love a sequel. That would make me and so many other people incredibly happy. And every time I’ve read this book I always picture it as a movie on Disney Channel. Anyway, thank you so much for writing this book, it has helped me get through difficult times. God bless!

        • Janette Rallison
          September 26, 2014 at 11:41 am

          Glad I could help! I wrote it reflecting on how I’ve felt about my mother dying. I think it would make an awesome movie!

    • Jazmyne
      April 22, 2017 at 7:31 am

      I forgot, did Jeremy’s surgery work?

      • Janette Rallison
        April 25, 2017 at 2:30 am

        Um, not so much. Sorry.

  2. Chelle Atwater
    May 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    This book would make a wonderful gift
    for my 17 year-old daughter who recently lost a friend to cancer.

    • Jenny Valverde
      September 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      I would also love a sequel. That would make me and so many other people incredibly happy. And every time I’ve read this book I always picture it as a movie on Disney Channel. Anyway, thank you so much for writing this book, it has helped me get through difficult times. God bless!

  3. morgan mullis
    August 23, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I really loved this book!!!!!! It practilly is probley my new favriote book!! I wish you could make a squel of it. Or a movie. I am a new biggest fan of yours Ms. Janette. I love your books ever since I read Just One Wish You became my favirote auther and I love to read! Any ways please answer this question how did u come up with an idea for this amazing book?

    -Sinclery Morgan Mullis

  4. priyanshu
    January 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    i was really thnkng there was a sequel… I’m disappointed about this novel having no sequel… Anyways it was a gud buk to read

  5. Mariah
    January 28, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I just love this book they have it in my school library I never like to read but this book was just so good I kept on reading and now I am doing my school book reports on it this story had laugher and sadness I love it

    • Janette Rallison
      February 1, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Glad you liked it! I hope you like my other books too!

  6. habiba abdelfattah
    July 19, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    i loved the book so much and really wish you could make a sequel because i really can not get enough of it i read it four time:)

  7. Miranda Sullivan
    October 18, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I am working on a book report on it and it is good so far

  8. Anonymous
    February 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    This is the first book I ever read by you Janette- and now I’ve read (almost) all of your books! I love how you are able to use a sensitive topic but still provide your witty humor and engaging romance. I think this book is my favorite by you! Although I read the ending and closed the book (more like slammed it) I was very disapointed. Eventually after pondering the morals and thoughts of the book I decied I liked the ending, because in makes you cry for Jeremy as if HE were YOUR little brother, and I know that only an author as talented as Janette Rallison could do that. Definitely worth the read. I would love to see a sequel come out- but I’m curious as what it would be about…

  9. Sydney
    November 11, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    There are only a few books that make me feel happy and warm inside and this is DEFINITELY one of them. I absolutely loved this book. It’s probably my favorite book so far, and a sequel would be awesome!

    • Janette Rallison
      November 25, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Glad you like it! You are clearly brilliant and have great literary taste!

  10. Anonymous
    May 26, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I have read and re read Just One Wish so many times I have lost count. The first time I encountered this books was when I was 11 years old at the beginning of 6th grade and my teacher read it aloud to my class. I and many of my friends fell in love with the story in that class. It is beautiful, hopeful, and tragic all at the same time.I am now 21 and I have wished for many years for a sequel or an extra showing the progression of Annika and Steve’s relationship as well as the way Annika accepts Jeremy’s last wish for her to be happy. I haven’t decided if a sequel would destroy the perfect bittersweet ending you wrote or if it would enhance the story of and show the ways grief and love can intersect, but I do know that if you chose to write an extra or a sequel it would capture the emotions perfectly despite how perfect the characters may feel. Thank you for your work!

    • Janette Rallison
      May 27, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      So glad you loved the book! I just turned it into a screenplay and am hoping I can find a studio who loves it too. We’ll see. I’ve always said I couldn’t write a sequel because I couldn’t bear to write a funeral scene and would undoubtedly write in a cure for cancer. And most people wouldn’t be happy with that.

  11. Summer
    April 6, 2020 at 6:41 am

    I read this early in high school and this book got me into reading for leisure. It’s my favorite thing to do because of this book. That being said, I wanted a copy of this book to have since I originally checked out this book from my school library. I tried ordering from Amazon but haven’t received the book and not sure what happened ~ seller says they’ve refunded me. I’d greatly appreciate if anyone knows where I can receive a copy of the book. Thank you ❤️

    • Janette Rallison
      May 5, 2020 at 3:24 am

      That is the best compliment you can give an author! Thanks!

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