The One Plus OneHardback
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 528 pages
- Dimensions: 144mm x 222mm x 45mm | 659g
- Publication date: 27 February 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1405915579
- ISBN 13: 9781405915571
- Sales rank: 52,480
The One Plus One is the beautiful, poignant and utterly compelling new novel by the internationally bestselling author Jojo Moyes. One single mum. With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it's hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn't. Because you have to...One chaotic family Jess' gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she'll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess' teenage stepson, can't fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they're sinking...One handsome stranger Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it's like to be lonely. And he wants to help...One unexpected love story The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances. Praise for Jojo Moyes: "Majestic, utterly compelling, tremendous. A heart-stopping read". (Independent on Sunday). "Truly beautiful. Made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it". (Closer). "A triumph. Packs such an emotional punch, you'll need a box of tissues". (Elle). Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include The Ship of Brides, Foreign Fruit, The Last Letter From Your Lover, winner of Spring 2012's most popular Richard and Judy Book Club title Me Before You and most recently The Girl you Left Behind. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.
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Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include The Girl You Left Behind, Me Before You, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Ship of Brides and Foreign Fruit. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.
By CuteBadger 07 Dec 2013
Jess is a single mum to her own daughter and her husbandÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢s son with a former partner. SheÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢s holding down two jobs, lives in a rough area of town and never has enough money for necessities, let alone luxuries. Ed is a City high flier whose life is falling to pieces around him. They have little in common but when circumstances force them together they each begin to see how the other half lives, that life isnÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢t always fair and that families come in all shapes and sizes.
I absolutely loved Jojo MoyesÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢ previous book The Girl You Left Behind so I was really pleased to be sent a copy of The One Plus One by Real Readers. I was a bit worried when I started it however as I thought I might not enjoy it as much as the last book and that I might feel let down. I couldnÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢t have been more wrong as I loved this book too and am still thinking about the characters more than a week after finishing it.
All the characters are so realistic that you feel youÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢ve passed them in the street or met them around your home town. Jess is completely true to life and so sympathetic that you just want to help her. You can completely understand some of the more dodgy choices she makes in the course of the story. I loved her daughter Tanzie as well Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?? it was great to see a young female character with an aptitude for maths Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?? quite unusual in fiction! Her step-son Nicky is also a great character who grows up in the course of the book. Ed at first seems less sympathetic as heÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢s everything that Jess is not, but as she gets to know him we do too and start to understand why he acts the way he does and how he has ended up where he is.
ItÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢s impossible to pin down in a sentence exactly what the book is about, as itÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢s about many things. It could be said to be a state of the nation novel as it looks at how society has split between the have and have-nots. ItÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢s also about the fluid shape of modern families, the role of women in society, the impact of social networking on children and teenagers, and how money doesnÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢t necessarily make you happy, but the lack of it can definitely make you unhappy.
I read The One Plus One quite quickly with a mixture of dread and excitement. Throughout much of the book I was scared that more awful things were going to happen to Jess and her family, but I couldnÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢t stop reading it. Some sections of it made me laugh and one made me cry. When I finished it I felt IÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢d seen only a part of their lives and that theyÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢re all living on outside the book. I like to think of them getting on with their lives quietly somewhere.
This is such a wonderful book that I would encourage everyone to read it. ItÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢s got a lot to say about modern life, love and families, and does it in such a charming and moving way that youÃ??Ã?Â¢Ã¢?Â¬Ã¢?Â¢ll be as hooked as I was.
I want you to read this book, indeed to read all of Jojo Moyes' books, because they tell truths about modern life. If you're a sentient, empathic, living, breathing human I would urge you to give it a go The World Book Night book club It's a book to both giggle and weep over Metro Jojo Moyes's poignantly romantic tales have readers streaming their way through boxes of Kleenex Sunday Express Moyes does a majestic job of conjuring a cast of characters who are charismatic, credible and utterly compelling Independent on Sunday Moyes is the queen of the classy weepy and this won't disappoint. A masterclass in story-telling that fans of Me Before You will adore Elle Another beautifully written love story I relished Daily Mail Quirky and memorable Red Raw, funny, real and sad, this is storytelling at its best Marie Claire Another sure-fire hit... A beautifully written modern love story from Britain's best contemporary female author Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine Compulsive reading Woman & Home A love story, a road trip and family drama all rolled into one brilliant page turner. Jojo Moyes has triumphed again Hello! Grab a box of tissues - this packs an emotional punch New! Peopled with wonderful characters, this is a feel-good book by a lovely writer Choice Magazine