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In this affecting story of high-school basketball and teenage romance, King returns to the small-town Maine characters who peopled her previous novel, Pearl. Sam Styles, who made brief appearances as the son of Pearl's lover Reuben in the earlier book, has grown into a straight-living, Bible-reading high-school basketball star. In his senior year, he finds himself attracted to scrappy, hostile little Deanie Gauthier, captain of the girls' basketball team. As Sam and Deanie struggle to lead their respective squads to state championships, a dark bond of sexual passion grows between them, and he is increasingly drawn into her troubled life. Conflicts ignite that threaten their relationship, as well as their ability to play ball. Both are beset by adversaries: J. C., an upper-middle-class drug dealer at the school, has a sordid hold over Deanie, and Pete, a dissolute teammate of Sam's, detests his sense of morality. On the periphery of the high-school action, but posing the most sinister threat, is Deanie's mother's abusive boyfriend. The overlong narrative loses steam as King (married to novelist Stephen) resolves each conflict separately, diminishing the impact of the grand finale. However, her rich characters and her brutal, violent portrayal of teenage life manage to sustain interest despite a flabby plot. BOMC alternate.
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YA-- Sam Styles is a popular teen who honors the no-alcohol-or-drugs pledge and has a warm and supportive home. Deanie (a.k.a. Mutant) Gauthier shaves her head, adorns herself with chains, smokes cigarettes and marijuana, and tries to keep secret the abuse she suffers by her mother's boyfriend. This seemingly mismatched couple comes together because they share a love of basketball, and their needs and yearnings nurture their relationship off the court. While the pacing sometimes drags, the setting and characters are realistic, complete with drugs, sex, and violence. Teens will be able to identify with many of the people and their problems.
- Patricia A. Long, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525935908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525935902
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anne Orsi on July 25, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Until two days ago, I never knew Stephen King's wife was a published author. Now, after losing most of my sleep last night because of her, I can't understand why she isn't at least as famous a writer as her husband!

I was given this book Tuesday afternoon by a friend who knows my taste in books. It's the only book she's ever told me I really _should_ read in all the time I've known her. I didn't start it until bedtime Wednesday, and finished it Thursday afternoon despite my washing machine going out, several calls from clients, my son having playmates over all day, a doctor's appointment, and lunch out.
WOW.
I never wanted it to end even though I wanted Deanie's ordeal to be over with as soon as possible.
Tabitha King's writing style is almost poetic in its descriptions of feelings and places and situations. Her dialogue is not bogged down by too many adjectives or adverbs, and she knows her characters inside out from the very beginning. These characters aren't just developed -- they spring to life fully formed nearly from the instant we meet them, with all of their baggage properly influential in their decisions, their attitudes, and even in their nicknames. We meet them from a distance, almost like a new kid at school who will become increasingly intimate with them and their close friends and family members. As we learn each fact that constitutes their baggage, we nod and agree that yes, we really should have known that from the way the character acted or reacted.
The author uses present tense throughout the story. I usually find present tense novels awkward, but not in this book. The present tense lets us find out more about Deanie and Sam as they learn more about each other.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "neonrt" on June 8, 2000
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I've read this book over and over again for about 5 years. It was introduced to me in a college class at the University Of Maine at Orono, and I was lucky enough to have Mrs. King autograph my copy in our class one day. This book captures the teenage heart and soul perfectly, as well as life in Maine highschools. I have, and will continue to recommend this book to all, and do wish the publisher would reprint, as my copy is becoming worn, and I would like to pass a new copy on to others.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
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I've read this book so many times I've lost count. I go back to it about once every six months as I would go back to look at a yearbook. I recall the small incidents (such as the sexual prank that opens the novel), the emotions (like Deanie's 'second' sexual awakening) and the people (especially Sam and Deanie 'The Mutant')with such a vivid recollection that I'm swept right back into their world as I turn to page two. Tabitha King has created a masterpiece that has affected me in such a deep way that I cannot even fathom. Seeing that it is out of print is disheartening. I would dearly love a copy. MESSAGE TO PUBLISHER: PLEASE REPRINT! Not only do I want a copy of my own but I'd like the rest of the world in on the secret... Tabitha King is masterful and has recounted life of every teenager in One On One. I hope that this book will be studied in schools. Bravo Tabitha!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2001
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Most people don't know that Tabitha King, wife of uber-author Stephen King, is also an extremely talented writer. I stumbled upon Tabitha's novels while searching the library shelves for something of her husband's--since that fortuitous discover I've read all of the lesser-known King's novels and been completely entertained. In a style that differs totally from her husband's macabre touch, Tabitha seems to focus on character developing, creating real people that live in your mind for years after your read her stories. (I'm a HUGE Stephen King fan, having read everything he's ever written with the exception of a few magazine articles, but I can't say that his characters necessarily stick with me the same way as Tabitha's do.)
In "One on One," the first Tabitha King novel I read, by the way, teenage jock Sam finds himself mysteriously attracted to, and ultimately sexually involved with, weird, gothic Deanie. A member of a very dysfunctional family, Deanie is part tough, dangerous chick and part incredibly vulnerable little girl. One thing that has always stuck with me about this book, which I read shortly after its 1994 release, is that I didn't really like either Sam, too wimpy, or Deanie, too disturbed, but I was entranced by their tale. This is one of those stay-up-all-night-and-finish-it-books--once you start Sam and Deanie's story, you'll have real trouble putting it down.
Since discovering Tabitha with "One on One," I've become fan of all the King family writers. (For the record, while I've like many of Tabitha's other novels, I think "One on One" is her best effort.) I also admire Mrs. King for 1) publishing under own name, knowing the inevitable comparisons and envy ("Gee, I wonder how SHE got a book deal?") that would result and 2) undertaking the struggle of writing at all. Goodness knows she didn't do it for the money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1998
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I have just finished reading One on One for the 9th or 10th time and I still love it as much as at the first reading. The characters are so brilliantly crafted that I can't bear to let them go and their story turns my heart inside out. Far from another teen angst love story, King manages to get at the heart of what it is like to be young and unsure and part of a world you can't control. I wish that everyone in the world would read this book, and that she would write a sequel!
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