I’ve been trying to stick to a blogging schedule by posting only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but this book was so good I had to tell you about it as soon as possible! The One Plus One is the third Jojo Moyes book I’ve read. The first was Me Before You, which I adored and the second was After You which I was disappointed by. When I saw this book sitting in the library, I couldn’t resit it and thankfully so!
The One Plus One follows Jess, a single mum struggling to make ends meet in a small town. Her daughter Tanzie is a mathematical genius and her step son Nicky is a reclusive gamer who’s being bullied. One of Jess’ two jobs is cleaning the holiday homes of rich tourists in the posh part of town. Whilst working there she meets Ed, a successful software specialist who’s in trouble for insider trading. The pair take an instant dislike to each other as Jess is defensive and Nicky is spoiled. When Tanzie is offered a partial scholarship to an advanced private school, the only way the family can afford her tuition is for Tanzie to compete in a math competition. The only problem is that the competition is in Scotland, and the family have no way of getting there on their own. Do you see where this is heading?!
The One Plus One somehow managed to be heartwarming and heartbreaking. Whilst the plot is simple, a lot of serious issues are addressed. There are so many regular issues discussed that I think everyone will be able to relate to at least one. Characters deal with financial problems, family problems, ill family members, bullying and more. One character starts blogging, which we can all relate to! I’ve got a quote here that I took note of to share with you all as soon as I read it: “blogs are like for middle-aged women writing about their divorces and cats and stuff. Or nail varnish obsessives.” It made me laugh when I read it, I’ve yet to see anyone here blogging about their divorces or nail varnishes but I’ll be on the lookout for posts like that now haha!
The characters are all so well developed and likable. Norman the dog was obviously my favourite, but I was rooting for all the humans too! When I first started reading the book I didn’t think I’d like Ed as I thought he was going to be an entitled creep, but by the end I loved him. I was also worried about the kids in the book as normally younger characters in books are a bratty nightmares. I loved Tanzie and Nicky, there relationship with Jess was so nice and refreshing from the normal teen/parent angst we have to endure.
This is a pretty big book and I read it over a few hours. I did have to take a break at one point though because I was starting to cry and didn’t want my mum judging me! It was fast paced and interesting, and if it wasn’t for me desperately trying to save face, I’d have finished it in one sitting. Again, sorry for not sticking to my posting schedule but I wanted to recommend The One by One to you as soon as possible!
The next book I’m thinking of reading is Pride and Prejudice, but I’m a bit nervous I won’t like it. Have any of you read it and did you like it? Should I try it or go for something else?