Review: One Plus One

July 1, 2014 book review, family, Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman books, Uncategorized, Viking Books 12

One Plus One
  • Written By: Jojo Moyes
  • Published By: Pamela Dorman Books July 1, 2014
  • Length:384 pages
  • Source:  E galley via Edelweiss with publisher permission in consideration of an honest review

Summary:  Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.

My Thoughts:  There are a few authors that have the ability to move me to push everything else aside and read their new books as soon as humanly possible.  Authors that have me clicking on Edelweiss or emailing publicists and kindly asking for an advanced reader copy.  Some authors write books I can’t possibly wait til pub date to read….and Jojo Moyes is one such author.  One I had read Me Before You in December of 2012 and cried like a blubbering fool I knew I would always want that feeling back from the words that Moyes puts together.

One Plus One is another emotional and roller coaster ride of a novel.  I laughed and cried and wanted to reach out and hug the characters all during this book.  Jess is the type of mom who is doing the best she can, working two jobs, keeping a roof over her families head and putting food on the table.  It never seems enough. Her husband claims an emotional breakdown has left him unable to work, and he’s also run home to his mommy.   Her son is being bullied and when she tries to defend him she is bullied away by a nasty mother and a local police department who don’t quite see the problem.  Her daughter is the kind of math genius who should be given every opportunity to attend the best private school in her area.  Even with a generous scholarship the tuition is too high.  When one of her current teachers suggest a Math Olympiad Jess breaks all the rules to get her girl there!

The unlikely help from a wealthy, snarky, part time resident of her coastal community saves the day or so it appears for Jess and her entourage.  Ed actually feels guilty about some prior drunken behavior, and so a motley crew of Ed, Jess, her two children and the dog, yes the dog, head off to Scotland for this big math competition.  What can go wrong, will go wrong, and yet the adventure teaches them all lessons, and opens up their hearts where giant walls have been built.

There aren’t enough emotions to explain the pure joy I had while reading One Plus One.  I first wanted to save Jess, then I wanted her to be more willing to accept help and stop making sandwiches, just read you’ll understand.  I wanted her children to know how much she was willing to do for their happiness, education, and safety.  I wanted Ed to quit being an ass too.

Jojo Moyes takes these broken people on a journey that seems impossible to succeed and yet she along the way their hearts are mended, only to be ripped apart again by errors they make, mistakes they can’t explain.

Keep the tissues handy, One Plus One is so good!!  I highly highly recommend this book.

Jojo Moyes is coming to the US again for a book tour, sadly she’s not coming to FL, but she’s visiting a lot of great cities.  Visit her website to learn more, and chat with her on twitter and Facebook.

12 Responses to “Review: One Plus One”

  1. Andi (@estellasrevenge)

    I’m glad you loved this one! I always think Moyes’ books aren’t for me because the premise never really blows my skirt up, but then she surprises me and the books are awesome, and I should just shut up and read ALL THE THINGS.

    • Anita

      I know you’ll enjoy Julie!! Some of our book loving friends are getting me a signed copy when Jojo visits CA.

  2. JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I loved Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, and Honeymoon in Paris. Right now I’m reading one of her older books, The Ship of Brides, which will be released in the US this fall. Moyes never disappoints – I’ll be adding this one to my list, too!

  3. Heather

    I just started this one last night and already I’m in love. Moyes is just SO good! I need to make time to read her backlist, too.

    • Anita

      More of her backlist is just recently being released here in the US, I am looking forward to them as well. I have Last Letter from your Lover on my Nook, just need to read!
      Enjoy Heather!

  4. Trish

    This sounds simply amazing! I just passed on The Girl You Left Behind to my stepmom and I adored Me Before You. What really surprises me about Moyes is how all of her books seem so different from one another. Love that!

    • Anita

      I agree she has a knack for different types of stories. I didn’t love The Girl You Left Behind, it was ok. I loved Me before You….and this one has a similar feel…but no death :).

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