- Tuesday, 22 July 2014 -
Book Review: The One Plus One
Hello my lovelies! So, last week as I was patiently waiting for my flight in London Luton airport, I strolled into WHSmith to have a gander at some new book releases and whatnot. Two things dawned upon me just then, that a) I was in for the long-haul, my flight didn't depart for 7 hours so I may as well spend my precious time productively whilst waiting in this weird limbo between destinations, and b) I was essentially going on my holidays so obviously a clichéd holiday-read was coming with me too!
After devouring Jojo Moye's previous heartbreaking best-seller 'Me Before You', I was jumping for joy to discover that she had a new novel in the pipeline. And lo and behold I found this beauty in the airport, boasting a deliciously ___ pages for me to delve into! Jess is a single mum of two gloriously weird and wonderful kids: Tanzie, a mathematical prodigy and Nicky, Jess's teenage stepson whom she took under her wing. The narratives are shifted every chapter, revealing the point of view of each character.
Jess doesn't lead an easy life, after her husband casually walked out the door 2 years ago, refusing to pay any means of child support, she's basically had to struggle her way through life. This meagre existence is then juxtaposed by Ed Nicholls, a man who has it all, or HAD it all. After getting involved with an old acquaintance from college, Ed soon realises that she's a Stage 5 Clinger and quickly (and desperately) seeks a way to remedy the situation. After offering her some financial aid with the help of his company's money, Ed lands in the deep end for partaking in Insider Trading.
Oh, and did I mention that Jess is Ed's beach house cleaner? What a convenient little coincidence that turned out to be! With all this judicial drama going on in Ed's life, Tanzie is miraculously offered a place at a private school that can mould her confidence and nurture her talents. With an unsteady flow of income, Jess is desperate to find a way to placate the bulky term fees and give her daughter the chance in life she never had. However as luck would have it, a mathematical competition is being held in Aberdeen over 400 miles away, affording gifted entrants the opportunity to win £5,000.
In a twist of fate, and eager for a taste of escapism from all his law proceedings, who should offer them this lengthy lift to Aberdeen but Ed! If you've ever seen the movie Little Miss Sunshine, you'll easily draw comparisons between the two, but that's what makes it so magical. The book itself was written so realistically and raw that I could find similarities with myself and all of the characters (Nicky especially as he's a bit of an alternative dude). The One Plus One was lovingly written and thusly lovingly received, it made my heart melt and was peppered with quirky surprises at every turn. Please if you do one thing this summer READ THIS BOOK!
"You know, you spend your whole life feeling like you don't fit in anywhere. And then you walk into a room one day, whether it's at university or an office or some kind of club, and you just go, 'Ah, there they are.' And suddenly you feel at home."
- Jojo Moyes, The One Plus One.
What's your staple summertime read?