Tuesday, June 10, 2014
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publication: July 1, 2014
By: Pamela Dorman Books
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One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You
American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story that reads like a modern-day Two for the Road.
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.
* I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
What I Loved: Jojo Moyes is one of the few authors I have on my, "I'll read anything she writes!" list. Her characters always draw me in, their stories managing to break my heart while making me laugh all at the same time, and One Plus One is no different. It's a road trip book for grownups, one that will resonate with readers long after they reach their final destination.
It's not always blood that makes a family a family. Sometimes it's patience, hard work and an unwavering faith in seeing people and situations for how they can be and not how they are.
No one knows this better than Jess. She and her kids do not have an easy life, her son is constantly bullied for being different and her daughter is criticized for being wicked smart with numbers. But things start to look up when their family is presented with an opportunity that could change their lives. Jess is willing to do whatever it takes to make this happen, even if it means going against everything she stands for so her kids have a chance at something better.
Ed is a man who has it all. Or at least, he did, until one stupid mistakes threatens to ruin his life. And then he meets Jess and he's given the chance to take the focus off of his own craptastic life for a few days.
Jess, Ed, two kids and one mammoth dog set out on the road trip of a lifetime. Or something out of Ed's worst nightmare depending on how you look at it. But before the trip's end, they'll both learn that not all mistakes are equal. Some mistakes are born from weariness and lost hope but sometimes those same mistakes can turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to you.
Final Verdict: Heartrending. Relateable. Fantastic. Read it.