Book Review: One Plus One

August 8, 2014 Book Review, reviews 15

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Book Review:  One Plus OneOne Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Published by Pamela Dorman Imprint on July 1st, 2014
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 384
Source: complimentary review copy
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After enjoying The Last Letter to Your Lover and Me Before You my expectations for One Plus One were moderate.   Little did I know that I would be blown away by One Plus One, left crying for the last 1/3 of the book, and then closing the last page with a sigh of deep satisfaction.  Jojo Moyes is getting better and better.  Her novels are not formulaic making Moyes truly an author to follow.

In One Plus One, Jess is a single mother to math whiz Tanzie and her goth teenage step-son Nicky.  Her ex-husband has gone home to his Mommy leaving Jess caring for and single-handedly supporting their daughter and his son.  Jess works two jobs just to make ends meet.  Tanzie is offered an unprecedented scholarship to an elite boarding school but Jess cannot afford the measly 10% she would have to kick in unless Tanzie wins the cash prize at the Math Olympiad.  To make matters even worse, Nicky is horribly bullied and roughed up on a regular basis by the Fisher bullies.

Ed Nichols is a brilliant tech millionaire for whom Jess cleans house.  Ed has problems of his own that are just as serious as Jess’ just on a different scale.  The difference between the two is that Jess is a consummate optimist while Ed is stuck in “me, me, me” mode.  When Ed uncharacteristically offers to drive Jess, Nicky, Tanzie and their big lug of a dog Norman to the Math Olympiad for Tanzie’s big chance, all of their lives are changed in ways they never would have imagined.

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With One Plus One, I laughed, I cringed, I cried. . .and then I did all three at the same time!  The characters are unique and yet most anyone can relate in some small way to at least one of the lively bunch.  For me, it was Jess.  Having been that single mom desperately trying to make ends meet, wanting my brilliant kids to have every chance in the world to thrive and yet having to make do with very little resources is tough to say the least.  Staying optimistic is difficult yet essential for the health and well-being of mom and kids and Jess is clearly a poster child for optimism.

This is a feel-good read that should not be missed.  If you liked Where’d You Go, Bernadette, A Grown-Up Kind-of Pretty or The Husband’s Secret then you will love One Plus One!

The publisher has a fabulous Book Club Kit available here.  My favorite is the playlist on Spotify and the recipe for “Puppy Chow!”

Have you read any of JoJo Moyes novels? Do you have a favorite?


15 Responses to “Book Review: One Plus One”

    • Stacy

      Yeah that one was quite the emotional one. This one, while emotional at parts, will also leave you with a smile on your face. I can’t wait to read your review of this one to see if you love it as much as I did!
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    • Stacy

      Read it Sarah! As much of a fan as I am of JoJo Moyes I couldn’t finish The Last Letter from Your Lover – that’s why I said my expectations were moderate for One Plus One. I actually kept putting it off, not sure if it would be a Me Before You-kind-of-read or The Last Letter from Your Lover-kind-of-not-finish. Read it and let me know if you’re not blown away?!?
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  1. JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    Can’t wait to read this! Moyes is a very talented author and I agree that her books are not formulaic in the least. I loved The Girl You Left Behind and also its prequel, Honeymoon in Paris… also Me Before You and Ship of Brides.
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    • Stacy

      Ah you’ve read all the ones I haven’t except for Me Before You! Do you have a recommendation of which to read first – Ship of Brides, Honeymoon in Paris or The Girl You Left Behind?
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    • Stacy

      yeah the kit is kind of neat. only thing NOT in the kit is the discussion questions which I thought was a bit strange. It was really cool though to have the playlist for Spotify though. I’m such a sucker for playlists!
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  2. susan

    You liked it better than Me Before You? Hmm. I’m a tad doubtful that it could be better than that one, which I thought was outstanding, but I’ll likely take the plunge. But first I want to read Moyes’s The Girl You Left Behind. Cheers.

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