Where do I even begin? I had no idea what this story was about apart from the fact it was about conjoined twins (the cover pretty much gave that away). And when I was reading the information sheet that came with the book there was a whole A4 page full of praise for One (which I now know was well deserved).
I had never heard of the book before. I had heard of her other book Apple and Rain, but knew nothing about One. To be honest, I would not have picked it up if I hadn’t been sent it for review. And I am so glad that I did. I have never read anything like this book before. It was so unique, and I don’t just mean because it’s about conjoined twins, the whole story was told in verse. At first it was difficult to read it and to figure out what tone to read it in, but after a few pages I got into the style and ended up loving it. I also love the fact that I was able to read a 400+ page book in less than a day.
Now about the story. One is about conjoined twins (which I’ve mentioned like 10 times already), Grace and Tippi and it is told from Grace’s point of view. Anyway, their Dad loses his job so they can’t afford to home school the twins any more so they are being sent to a real school, with real people. The story then follows them at school, and it also shows the impact that it has on their family. Then Grace and Tippy are faced with a really big decision to make aaaaand it goes from there.
I thought this was a very interesting topic to read about, and one I normally wouldn’t choose for myself. I am really glad I read it though. I always wondered how conjoined twins worked (that’s a terrible way to put it but I couldn’t think of another way). But it also shows you what it’s like from the other side and how they feel about it. I really liked that the twins didn't despise each other. I kind of expected them to really resent the other for always being around or something but they had accepted it and it just and it seem that much more authentic. Obviously they weren't perfect and they (or Grace) thought about what it would be like to be her own person, but it wasn't over the top.
I really did love this book. The only problem I had with it was the fact that it wasn’t as emotional as I was expecting. It could just be because I’m really tough and am full of ‘unshed’ tears (had to fit that in there somewhere Kerrod and Nicky), but we all know that’s not true. I think because of the way it was written it was hard to get attached to the characters.
I would definitely recommend this book, to anyone really. Even if you don’t think it’s your thing you should give it a go. It doesn’t take long to read at all and it’s a really good story. Crossan has a lovely way of writing, the sense of humour in this book was amazing and the characters were all very well developed, especially considering the unique way it was told. It was a very insightful and moving read that I’m sure will stay with me for a long time. I will most definitely be checking out Sarah Crossan’s other books very soon!
Book: 9/10 (lost a mark for not having that 10/10 book feeling cha feel? But 9/10 is still freaking amazeballs)
Format: Paperback, 430 pages.
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Acquired from: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published: September 2015
For those of you interested, here’s an example of what it was like. Unless I forget to put the picture in, then you’ll never know.
P.S. Hi Dad. I know you’re reading this so I thought I'd say hi. Hope you won Golf yesterday.
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