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Addition: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Toni Jordan
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“Often funny, always lovable, this endearing novel of obsessive compulsive disorder and romance is outstanding.”
 —Boston Globe


An absolutely delightful tale of obsessive-compulsive love, Toni Jordan’s Addition is just the ticket for fans of TV’s Monk and readers who were captivated by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A wonderfully funny, supremely intelligent debut novel, Addition is “witty fun” (People), while OCD-afflicted heroine Grace and her new-found paramour Seamus are “thoroughly endearing characters, and their romance is sweet and fun” (Washington Post Book World).

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Grace Lisa Vandenburg, the narrator of this pleasant neurotic-girl-meets-boy debut, is 35 years old and has been addicted to counting since she was eight. She lives alone in Melbourne, Australia, and is on sick leave from her teaching job, filling her weeks with counting—steps and syllables and bites and things—and sticking to her rigid routines, which include trips to the cafe and phone calls from her mother and self-absorbed younger sister. The only person in her life Grace relates to is her 10-year-old niece, Hilary, who is as quirky and charming as Grace is. Things are fine until Grace meets Seamus Joseph O'Reilly, an Irish transplant who works at the local movie theater. Grace has not been on a date in two years and six months and hasn't been in love in forever, but as things progress with Seamus, she realizes what she has been missing. With some gentle encouragement, Grace agrees to test her boundaries and tries to find a happy medium between her obsession and living a full life. The novel does everything a sweet, agreeable romantic comedy should. (Feb.)
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“Toni Jordan’s debut is mature, witty and entertaining.”

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  • File Size: 238 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061582573
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 Reprint edition (January 23, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QIH00I
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I was expecting too much December 31, 2008
'Addition' isn't an awful book, and I admit I *had* to finish it. I guess you could say it was a page-turner in an irritating way.

My first gripe is with the love story, which I really didn't believe. I found Seamus bland, and couldn't really see what either of the protagonists saw in each other. It almost seemed to be a relationship of convenience. Also, Jordan's description of semen as 'pearlescent' made me laugh so hard I couldn't take the relationship seriously thereafter.

Secondly, I thought the story trivialised OCD--made the condition look somewhat 'charming' and 'easy'. I don't claim to be an expert on the condition, but I'm not sure Grace would magically forget about counting just because a nice man's in her apartment. Her journey through therapy, too, seems extremely simplified.

The last thing I found irritating was the sheer number of numbers one had to read. I skipped a lot. Call me insensitive, but a page on the description of a toothbrush and its bristle count isn't the most stimulating text I've ever read.

But, as a piece of chick-lit, it *was* entertaining, most of the time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1+1 = Lots of Fun February 5, 2009
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After reading the description of this book, I knew it would be an interesting read - at least for me. The main character is a counter, which is one form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Everyone has some level of OCD. My OCD is a very mild form of counting. I like fours and multiples of fours. It is not debilitating in any way, but I often find myself going through the proverbial motions. I tell you this not to portray myself as a weirdo, but to set the stage for my state of mind while reading. Grace, the protagonist, is a counter in the extreme sense. Her number of choice is ten. She counts steps to and from her apartment to the grocery store. She counts the poppy seeds on her cake, and subsequently eats it in the corresponding number of bites (which proves quite difficult if the number is less than 15 or more than 30).

I really like Grace. She has an astounding sense of humor and a high level of intelligence. She knows she's a little different and accepts her life as it is. She lost her teaching job due to obsessive counting of children instead of teaching them to count. She loves her family, but has no friends. She has a very structured meal plan and her clothing selections are planned out indefinitely.

Everything changes for Grace when she meets Seamus. Seamus is an average-looking but persistent man who won't take `no' for an answer. He pursues Grace until she agrees to go out with him. Their relationship blossoms and she becomes so distracted at times that she often forgets to count. Things get even more complex for Grace when she agrees to seek help for her problem.

I can't say any more without giving away the story. Suffice it to say that Grace really does know what she wants from life. Seamus is an amazing man.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and quirky romance September 1, 2008
Grace has a type of OCD which means that she is obsessed with counting and measuring her world. Numbers and routines dictate her life. For example, the number of poppyseeds on her cake determine how many bites she must take to eat it (between 20 and 30 is optimal). She shops in multiples of 10 and when she discovers one day in the supermarket that she has only 9 bananas, she swipes one from the shopper behind her. Which is how she meets Seamus.

I thought the subject matter of this book might make it a somber read, but it's not at all. Grace is a witty narrator and the books tears along - I easily read it in a day. The story is about her relationship with Seamus and how they come to terms with her condition. In many ways it's a celebration of the way that we are all unique. It's a sweet, quirky, warm little book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It's hard to believe that this is Toni Jordan's first novel. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely enjoyable reading January 15, 2009
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Written in the first person, this book provides unique insight into the mind of someone with Asberger's Syndrome (in the book it is referred to as OCD, but reminded me more of someone with Asbergers). Grace Lisa Vandenberg is completely aware of her idiosyncrasies. She understands that living this way - counting and measuring everything - is her way of coping with a sometimes frightening and confusing world, and she is unapologetic - mostly happy with her life, while occasionally wistfully wishing to be "normal". What surprised me is how funny this book is - I laughed and laughed and just didn't want to put it down. I would have recommended this to any good reader over 12 but due to the some sexual content, I am amending that to older teens and all adults. I enjoyed this book so much I went to the author's website to see what else she has written but found that this is her first book. I only hope it is the first of many.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit masquerading as smart lit. September 10, 2010
I don't normally read a lot of "chick lit", but this is definitely chick lit. Parading as something smarter. And it is smarter. Grace is smart. A 30 something Australian (and on disability) school teacher, Grace has a problem, although it isn't a problem for her...counting. Grace is OCD and likes to count. Everything. It gives her control of her life. Until she meets Seamus.

Grace speaks to her mother and sister at a prescribed hour and day every week. She measures her food, she measures the minutes it takes to do things. She measures every bite she eats. And every step she takes. When she starts an affair with an Irish guy named Seamus, her life begins to change.

This is a very quick read. A two hour airplane read. While Grace obviously has a high IQ, is an ardent admirer (ie obsessed) with Nikola Tesla, and loves numbers and their permanency in the world, she is still, ultimately, a beautiful but lonely woman with a ticking biological clock. Jordan does a good job of dancing around this fact, but any woman reading this book (and this book is geared towards female readers) will "get that" with Grace's intense and loving relationship with her mother and her beloved niece. Not to mention the great (and overly described) sex she has with Seamus.

Not a bad book, but cleverly disguised as NOT chick lit when IT IS. But still, not terrible! Very fast reading. Fun and light hearted, even with heavy underlying themes, Grace is a great character, and so are Larry/Hilary (beloved niece), Violet, (annoying and happily married sister) Mother (ditzy but sweet) and Seamus (sexy and helpful). Just don't expect anything too deep here...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars While I didn't love this book, the writing was pretty amazing
I am a numbers girl. I love the thought of them, the processes they go through, everything. So I figured that "Addition" would be right up my alley. And it was. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Crystal S.
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not enjoy this book
I admit that I am a mystery lover so that may taint my opinion of this book....but I did not enjoy it at all. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dandy1998
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I am not OCD so the counting did get on my nerves a bit but the book was pretty entertaining.
Published 24 months ago by Kabaylor3
5.0 out of 5 stars A little of everything!
Fresh, funny, romantic, historical, sad, and very clever! Seldom ever read a book more than once - read this one twice.
Published on April 20, 2013 by Victoria
3.0 out of 5 stars OCD woman finds true love
The protagonist of this somewhat amusing, somewhat annoying novel is Grace Vanderburg who suffers from a form of OCD -- she incessantly counts. Read more
Published on December 4, 2012 by Alan A. Elsner
5.0 out of 5 stars Toni Jordan=No brainer
I dawdled way too long before picking up and reading this book. This is Toni Jordan's debut book, and I actually read her second book before this one and loved it. Read more
Published on November 19, 2012 by Confessions of a Y.A. and N.A. Book Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to 'add' to your list
I read a lot. I mean, none of our vacation pictures show my face full on. It is either my forehead, the edge of my glasses, an ear, or my hair hanging over my face, because I am... Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by Sharon Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This really funny and poignant book is about a young woman who is suffering from a rather severe case of OCD, her attempts at 'normal' life, real love and a cure. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by M. C. Frank
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but bleh.
I always love learning something new and through Graces's adventures I learnt a lot about the true obsession-ness (is that a word? Read more
Published on June 18, 2011 by Lisa Emma Kilgariff
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I didn't read the book but the condition of the book was fine. I would recommend buying from this seller.
Published on May 26, 2011 by eightdaysaweek929
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Toni Jordan's debut novel, the international best-seller Addition, was published by Text in 2008 and shortlisted for both the Barbara Jefferis award and the ABIA best general fiction book, longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and won best debut fiction in the 2008 Indie awards. Addition was a Women's Weekly Great Read and in the UK was a Richard and Judy Summer Read, and it won best themed fiction from the UK Medical Journalists Association. Addition was published in 16 countries and has been optioned for film.

Her second novel, Fall Girl, was published in Australia, the UK, Germany, France and Taiwan. Her third novel, Nine Days, has been published to wide acclaim.
Toni teaches Novel in RMIT's acclaimed Professional Writing and Editing course. Her short stories and articles have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Courier Mail, the Herald Sun, the Australian and the Monthly. 

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