Books by Janette Rallison

MY UNFAIR GODMOTHER by Janette Rallison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 12, 2011

The sequel to My Fair Godmother (2009) pits the distracted, wayward Chrysanthemum Everstar, moonlighting as a tooth fairy while maneuvering to enter Fairy Godmother University, against a confused 17-year-old girl who acts out angrily in response to the divorce of her parents. Tansy Miller's idyllic childhood was ruptured when her parents move to separate states; eventually she is sent to live with her librarian father—formerly her beloved reading buddy, now remarried in Rock Canyon, Ariz.—and mistakenly believes that a handsome, motorcycle-riding boyfriend named Bo will offer her the love she needs. Tansy's unhappiness attracts the attention of the fairy godmother apparatus: Chrissy tenders the requisite three wishes, which Tansy, in true teenage fashion, duly botches, and a really madcap scenario involving Robin Hood and his mangy Merry Men ensues. Moreover, Tansy's desire to have "something like the Midas touch, but more controllable," hurls her back into the Middle Ages to spin gold out of straw before Rumpelstiltskin snatches her firstborn. Rallison's pull-out-all-the-stops latest strains reader credulity (again!), but it's so determined to be likable and warmhearted and press all the right buttons that readers will surely be rooting for Chrissy and Tansy anyway. (Fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >
MY DOUBLE LIFE by Janette Rallison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2010

Eighteen-year-old Alexia, the only half-Anglo, half-Latina girl in her school, is a doppelgänger for singing superstar Kari Kingsley. After a classmate posts Alexia's picture on the Internet with the intent of making fun of her, she is contacted by Kari's management with a business proposal. In exchange for more than enough money to pay for college and signing a nondisclosure agreement, Alexia leaves her mother and abuela, moves to Hollywood and poses as Kari in public while Kari works on her new album. In Hollywood, Alexia is determined to find her father, a famous singer who doesn't know she exists. She also falls for teen heartthrob Grant Delray, who thinks she's Kari. There's plenty of tangled-web-weaving and looks at the not-so-glamorous lifestyles of the rich and famous. Alexia's book smarts don't always help her in her fast-paced job, especially when she tries to help Kari with her gambling addiction, but her devotion to her family and Grant will win the hearts of romantics everywhere. Good, clean, "Pop Star and the Pauper" fun. (Fiction. 12 & up)Read full book review >
JUST ONE WISH by Janette Rallison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

When 17-year-old Annika's younger brother is diagnosed with brain cancer, her family's world flips upside-down. Used to always being in control, Annika steps up and hatches a somewhat flimsy plot that she believes will improve her brother's chance of survival. To carry out her plan, however, she needs the assistance of heartthrob Steve Raleigh, the actor who plays Teen Robin Hood in her brother's favorite TV series. Taking an impromptu road trip with her best friend, Annika crashes the Robin Hood set and draws on all her skills—abetted by lots of luck—to convince the hunky star to help her in granting her brother just one wish. Told in Annika's voice, which is indistinguishable from the rest of the chick-lit pack, this text aims for laughs but falls short, instead striking a sentimental, though not mawkish, chord. Although at times over the top, this comedy is a modern-day Robin Hood story itself, complete with unbelievable romance, hammy action scenes and only the best of intentions. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
MY FAIR GODMOTHER by Janette Rallison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

A decidedly non-serious 16-year-old Virginia student wishes herself into fairy-tale land in Rallison's giddy, ornately plotted fantasy. Savannah Delano pays more attention to her hair than her vocabulary, unlike her 18-year-old college-bound sister, Jane. When gorgeous track star Hunter dumps her for her more organized, responsible sibling, Savannah is offered three consolation wishes by a bored, shopoholic fairy godmother, "Chrissy" (short for Chrysanthemum). That Chrissy's just "fair" at her job comes clear when she fouls up Savannah's wish to find a prince who loves her for her true qualities, sending her back into the Middle Ages first as Cinderella, then Snow White, then as a damsel in distress who has to aid a poor warrior bard (fellow high-schooler Tristan Hawkins) in becoming a prince. Tristan proves both an intrepid prince and prom date, allowing Savannah to forget her heartbreak, as Rallison throws in everything but the kitchen sink in this goofy, not terribly convincing departure from her usual more realistic fare (All's Fair in Love, War and High School, 2003, etc.). (Fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
HOW TO TAKE THE EX OUT OF EX-BOYFRIEND by Janette Rallison
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2007

Caught between her popular boyfriend, Jesse, and her headstrong twin, Dante, Giovanna (16) is forced to take sides in the upcoming student-council election. Her loyalty to her twin wins out. As if that's not enough to make her life difficult, Giovanna is still doing community service for a crime involving frogs and her stepmother's briefcase. She is equally frustrated at home as she tries to figure out why her stepmother makes her life so difficult and yet seems to dote on Dante. Giovanna agrees to go on a string of blind dates in an attempt to get Jesse back, but they culminate in one horrible evening in which Giovanna has to rely on Jesse to rescue her. This somewhat familiar story is given a fresh twist with likable and real characters. Fast-paced and funny, Rallison's latest will satisfy faithful fans and will encourage new ones to join the fun. (Fiction. 12-14)Read full book review >
IT’S A MALL WORLD AFTER ALL by Janette Rallison
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Charlotte is a girl with problems, mostly of her own making, in Rallison's funny character study. Charlotte works at the mall, spritzing perfume on unsuspecting, innocent shoppers. When she spots her best friend's boyfriend, Bryant, with another girl, she's outraged. Her attempts to alert her friend, help a charming little boy and maybe even start her own romance with Colton, Bryant's handsome, rich friend, lead to more comedy. Charlotte first has to decide, though, if she wants Colton as a boyfriend. She constantly misinterprets whatever he says and can't stop drenching him with various liquids whenever they meet. Meanwhile, charming Colton sees right through her and tolerates her silly blunders. Rallison reveals Charlotte's character through her faults, yet winds up with an appealing portrait. It's a deft performance done with a light touch, adding up to a romp that will delight Rallison's fans. Plenty of laughs and some insight too. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Pleasant and predictable, this light teen romance, told in a convincingly breathless first-person narrative, focuses on a small-town high-school girl's dramatic aspirations and romantic mishaps. Dumped by her boyfriend Brad, Jessica schemes to get him back until the arrival of a new boy in town causes her to lose interest in her old flame. Jordan, son of a famous movie star, seeks anonymity. Although he's not overly enthusiastic about his move from California to Three Forks, N.M., he's hoping that a new start will give him the chance to be accepted on his own terms. How girl gets boy (pretty much as you'd expect), loses him (she blabs his secret), and then gets him back again (she declares her love for him in a hilarious, unscripted ad-lib in the middle of the school play), makes for an entertaining and satisfying read. The unintentionally hilarious politically correct rewrite of West Side Story, an entertainingly vicious rivalry between two teen drama queens and the likely reconciliation of Jordan's parents add to the fun. (Fiction. 12 )Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

This new comedy from Rallison focuses on two best friends with crushes on the same boy. High-school freshmen Josie and Cami are basketball players. Josie is a natural talent, while Cami struggles with the game she loves. Cami pledges to help Josie get attention from handsome Ethan in return for basketball tips, but when Ethan begins calling Cami instead, Josie retaliates. Suspense abounds. Is the girls' friendship destroyed? Can either survive life with their weird science-project partners? And especially, can the girls ever achieve the ultimate goal of being "in"? Rallison again demonstrates a crisp, witty comic voice. Both main characters speak with the same voice, however, which can cause some confusion. Nevertheless, by focusing on events of enormous import to adolescent girls and by keeping the laughs coming, she again delivers a high-school romp that will give readers plenty of fun. (Fiction. 12-16)Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

In this high-school comedy, popular Samantha tries to compensate for her abysmally low SAT scores by running for student-body president. Samantha's problem, however, is that her campus spirit in her school career so far has extended to cheerleading and, especially, to frequent sarcastic remarks aimed at virtually all of her classmates. Logan, a former boyfriend with whom Samantha has been sparring for years, makes a bet that she cannot refrain from criticizing people for a full two weeks. Can Samantha overcome her innate compulsion to belittle her friends, can she win the election even when an opponent resorts to dirty campaigning, and most important, can she find a date for the prom after her current boyfriend dumps her? This is a witty, often hilarious romp that should appeal to young readers looking for light, enjoyable fiction. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >