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?
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. (Summary taken from goodreads)
This book really did have me laughing and crying at the same time. At points I was laughing so hard I was crying and vice versa. Still, this book amazed me. I had expected it to be a pretty light, fluffy read. However, I was in for a shock. This book was definitely happy and light-hearted, but the fact that her six year old brother Jeremy had cancer really hit hard and made the book more serious than I had initially intended.
First off, Annika is just hilarious. She had such witty comments that I couldn’t help but literally laugh out loud at times. She also really cared about her brother which was another characteristic that I loved about her. She was willing to do anything to help him, even if that meant going to Hollywood and getting Steve Raleigh, Teen Robin Hood and Jeremy's idol, to come back with her. Steve surprised me as a character. I had really expected him to be the typical Hollywood star, obnoxiously rude and snobby. Yet, he wasn’t. Okay, so he didn’t really want to deal with Annika at first, but he ended up being a total sweetheart deep down which I thought was great!
I enjoyed the storyline. While it didn’t seem totally realistic, it was still pretty funny. It was great following Annika on her trip and watching her go to all these lengths just to get a hold of Steve. It was just completely crazy and wild with all these bumps and turns along the way. Oh, and the ending has a bit of a twist! I’m not going to tell you what it is of course, but I guarantee you won’t expect it.
Despite the short review, I would recommend this book. Janette Rallison is a great author and this book definitely proves to be a great read. It’s a laugh-out-loud type of book even though it has its serious moments along the way. So, if you haven’t read it, you definitely should. It's a quick read, but I highly doubt that you will be disappointed :)