Friday 28 February 2014

Review: The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One single mum
With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it's hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn't. Because you have to . . .

One chaotic family
Jess's gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she'll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess's teenage stepson, can't fight the bullies alone. 
Sometimes Jess feels like they're sinking . . .

One handsome stranger
Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it's like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .

One unexpected love story
The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

Review: wow-such a different concept for a book! Whilst I was reading this book-someone asked me what it was about and I really struggled to tell them without just telling them the whole story, it's such an unusual plot. The cover really does this justice though because the novel is about those characters in the front of the book and every single one of them discovers something monumental over the course of this story. It's about an epic journey, feelings and emotions, money and what it's like to be on your own and the suddenly not. See-I'm even having trouble summing it up now-nevertheless-I loved the plot and this book was a real page turner. 

This book is written from several narratives, each and every one having its own distinctive vice which I thought was amazing. We have single mum Jess. A fabulous, feisty character who is the kind of lynchpin that holds the story together. Her optimism and go-getter attitude is something you don't see as often in today's society, and so I found her exceptionally refreshing. Ed, who finds himself unwittingly involved in this story. I think of all the characters, his journey is the longest. I didn't really like Ed in the beginning, but I definitely warmed to him as the novel progressed, and was really rooting for him towards the end. Then you have Teenager Nicky and Little girl Tanzie. Tanzie is gorgeous and reminded me of some of the children that I teach. I loved the fact that Jojo Moyes wasn't afraid to write from a child's point of view and her sections of the novels really do sound like the genuine article! Nicks sections are my favourite because he doesn't hold back with his options of events, and it is in his sections that we learn the most juicy secrets, about any of the characters. There is also a large, smelly dog, the fifth character in the nice-he doesn't have a lot to say but is a total superstar too! 

I didn't find the multiple-narrative confusing in anyway. It really added depth to the story and allowed you to see se of the key events in the novel from more that one point of view which is always a fun thing! The storyline has it all really: comedy, drama, romance, heartache, moments which caused me to become so angry I was in tears on the tube, and other moments where I couldn't help but read it aloud to whoever was near me at the time (not on the tube). It really is a unique and wonderful novel. If you are a fan of this authors writing, you will definitely love the way this novel is written. Although it is a complete departure from her previous novel, it is still magical and definitely something to be read. Do not be out off by its size because you will have to continue to turn the pages and so the sheer number of them become irrelevant, it's completely about what's going on between them. I so enjoyed this novel, it was so cleverly written and has left me feeling so optimistic I'm not sure I can read anything else now! 

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