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*Starred Review* One Plus One equals one fine novel. With its ensemble cast of skillfully crafted characters—from single-mom Jess Thomas to tortured goth teen Nicky and gifted sister Tanzie to Ed Nicholls, technology millionaire—each person’s story flows on its own, yet they all meld together into an uncommonly good story about family, trust, and love. Best-selling Moyes (The Girl You Left Behind, 2013) gets things rolling as this hysterically mismatched mélange—along with Norman, a slobbering 80-pound dog of “indeterminate” breed—embarks on a road trip from the English shore to Aberdeen, Scotland, so that Tanzie can compete in a maths “Olympiad.” Her ability to enroll in a prestigious school rides on whether she can win the competition’s cash prize. She’s certainly earned the best education; her family just can’t afford it. In a riotous twist and momentary lapse of good sense, Ed volunteers his “top-of-the-range” Audi, complete with his services as driver. There are high jinks galore as perhaps one-too-many gastrointestinal problems arise, but, in all, the trip, with what Ed perceives as its terrifying “boundarylessness,” delivers on its promise, just not in the way anyone anticipated. Bravo to Moyes for delivering toothsome characters in a story readers will truly care about. Is that Hollywood calling? --Donna Chavez



"Vibrant and gripping.”
People (***)

"Jojo Moyes expertly weaves a bittersweet tale in this irresistible novel, taking careful interest in the dark corners that exist within great love stories, and the trickiness of simple happy endings. A-"
Entertainment Weekly

“Moyes writes delicious plots, with characters so clearly imagined they leap off the pages in high-definition prose.”
USA Today (3 1/2 stars)

"Jojo Moyes builds on her strengths in this moving and accomplished new novel. As she did in the best-selling Me Before You, she asks readers to think in fresh ways about a morally complex issue. . . . The Girl You Left Behind is strong, provocative, satisfying fiction.
The Washington Post

"'In this moving paean to daring, determination and perspicacity, Moyes keeps the reader guessing down to the last hankie."
Los Angeles Times

"Good storytelling."
New York Daily News

"In her latest heart tugger, Jojo Moyes deftly weaves the story of newlyweds in WWI France with that of a young widow in today’s London."

"Lovely and wry, Moyes’s newest is captivating and bittersweet."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Moyes (Me Before You) has created a riveting depiction of a wartime occupation that has mostly faded from memory. Liv and Sophie are so real in their faults, passion, and bravery that the reader is swept along right to the end. This one is hard to put down!"
Library Journal (starred review)

"Moyes (Me Before You, 2012) writes with such clarity that one can almost see the eponymous 100-year-old painting at the center of her wonderful new novel. . . .  an uncommonly good love story."

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books; First Edition edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525426582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525426585
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,040 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jojo Moyes' words are bullets, and she shoots them straight into your heart.

One Plus One is an absolutely exhilarating novel. Equal parts moving, heartbreaking, hopeful and hilarious, it's a smart and memorable story about one untypical family and their journey to happiness. A journey that includes a painfully slow road-trip to Scotland in a car with a rude boss, two kids and one huge, smelly dog.

Two people. Two completely different worlds. What do they add up to?

Jess' life is as far from easy and privileged as you can imagine. Her husband, depressed because of his steady stream of bad decisions resulting in a complete financial fiasco, went away to spend a couple weeks at his mom's. That was two years ago. With two kids to provide for - one not even her own - and a whole load of other problems (including, but not limited to, bully neighbors, rude employers, and constant lack of money), Jess works her ars off at two jobs. She's one tough gal, she never gives up, always bounces back, no matter what obstacles land in her path. But even this short and feisty Erin Bronkovitch-like woman is not unbeatable. She can't always "sort things out", though God knows she tries her best.

Ed is a disaster of a whole different kind, and kind of of his on making. He's not exactly filthy rich, though he's definitely on the other end of the spectrum from Jess. His job is hugely profitable, he works alongside his best friend, his high-end home is regularly cleaned - and guess who is the cleaner? - and the only thing that he seems to be missing in his life, is love. Due to an unfortunate affair, he finds himself in a lot of trouble. Legal trouble. Very serious, potentially life-devastating trouble.
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Why is this getting such high rating? Why is it that Jojo Moyes is super popular & everyone wants to read & buy all of her books? Well because she made me cry with her beautiful writing & touching story.

This was my first book by Moyes & I didn't really know what to expect. But right when I read first chapter, I knew I would be hooked. You have your unique but somewhat regular family. Jess is a single mother with two kids, her ex husband left 2 years ago and she's trying to meet ends. Her daughter Tanzie is brilliant! She gets offered a scholarship into private school but there is still a charge that needs to be paid off. When Jess tries to take her to Olympiad in hopes that the winnings could cover the tuition, Jess ends up going on a roadtrip with Ed, an attractive stranger who steals her heart.

Now that I'm trying to write this review, I'm already missing Jess and her children. I thought it was genius to have the book written from everyone's POVs because it definitely made me connect with everyone more. I loved everyone. Jess, Ed, NORMAN!, Nicky, Tanzie. EVerything about this book made me happy. Their conversations were funny, thoughtful, and Jess's optimism wasn't over the top. Typically I don't like books are that too sweet but Jess got some wittiness to her & Ed definitely had his flaws that made me love him even more.

Jojo Moyes. Thank you.

Thank you for being so talented & making me sob uncontrollably.

*ARC copy was provided by PENGUIN GROUP Viking‏ in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.*
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One Plus One by Jojo Moyes is a superbly crafted story which is a pure joy to read. After reading The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter From Your Lover, Me Before You and several others, it's almost impossible to imagine she could come up with something as spectacular and extraordinary as this. Yet, One Plus One proves that Jojo Moyes is still to attain her creative best, and a magnum opus is still in the offing.

Her latest offering is undoubtedly one of her best to date. It is a story that will blow you away with its simplicity and beauty. It is the story of Jess, a single parent, who is struggling hard to make both ends meet. She has two children - her daughter Tanzie, who is just eight, and her stepson, Nicky, who is a teen. They are amazing kids but with their own imperfections.

When Tanzie is offered the opportunity to gain a scholarship to the school of her dreams, Jess works hard to seize the chance. But in the process she fumbles leading to slip-ups and what follows is a rollicking disaster of imposing magnitudes - ensuing in a journey of a lifetime and the opportunity to change all their lives. Will Jess take control of the situation or will she let it slip by?

One Plus One is also the story of Ed whose life is falling apart at its seams. When a chance encounter brought them together, he is well aware that Jess and her two kids are the last things he needs. But he is drawn into their world, plunging his own into a deeper abyss. Yet, he is determined to help them out.

The book is emotionally poignant, yet it will make you laugh and scream in delight as you turn the pages. It is beautifully written as only Joio Moyes can, with the characters and their emotions reaching deep down into your heart, touching every part of your being. One Plus One is every reader's delight and every writer's envy.
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