- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 31, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143127500
- ISBN-13: 978-0143127505
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
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“Safety advisory: If you’re planning to read Jojo Moyes’s One Plus One on your summer vacation, slather on plenty of SPF 50. Once you start the book, you probably won’t look up again until you’re the last one left on the beach…[a] wonderful new novel.”—The Washington Post
“Jojo Moyes’ new novel One Plus One adds up to a delightful summer read, where the whole is greater than the sum of its charming parts…Moyes’ observations on modern life are dryly hilarious…You don’t need to be a math whiz to figure out this book is one worth adding to your summer reading list.” —USA Today (4 stars)
“Bridget Jones meets Little Miss Sunshine in this witty British romp from bestseller Moyes…Wryly romantic and surprisingly suspenseful.” —People
“Fans of the 2006 summer sleeper hit Little Miss Sunshine will find a lot to love in British author Jojo Moyes’ latest, about a madcap road trip that’s packed to the boot with familial drama, class clashes, and romance…In Moyes’ deft hands, even a bout of kebab-induced food poisoning is somehow charming. You’ll be rooting for this ragtag group of strivers until the very last page.” —Entertainment Weekly (A-)
“Jojo Moyes’ latest novel has humor, heartbreak and romance—a.k.a. the perfect beach read.” —Lucky Magazine
“The delightful, comic ONE PLUS ONE is as likable a book as you will come across this summer, light and funny…sharply drawn characters, genuinely amusing scenarios and a compelling warmth for all of these endearing misfits (even Norman).” —Miami Herald
“The author of last year’s heartbreaker Me Before You returns with another page-turner…”—AARP
“An irresistible mix of romance and humor”—Dallas Morning News
“No need to worry where this road trip is headed. Just sit back, roll down your window and enjoy being a passenger.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Moyes has a remarkable gift for creating balanced, deep characters who struggle to find their own way. Filled with humor, and insight... she has written an emotional, rich, and satisfying novel. Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“One Plus One equals one fine novel.... Bravo to Moyes for delivering characters in a story readers will truly care about. Is that Hollywood calling?”—Booklist
“There’s never anything predictable about stubbornly optimist and protective Jess and her oddball kids, or the distracted Ed and his disjointed work-family relationships. It’s exactly that quality that makes this offbeat journey so satisfying, and Moyes’s irrepressible flaws-and-all characters so memorable.”—Publishers Weekly
Lev Grossman at Time gave ONE PLUS ONE 2-1 odds for becoming the 2014 “Book of the Summer”
Bustle.com included ONE PLUS ONE in their list of “8 Books to Read in July”: “With surefire prose and a likeable protagonist, Moyes captures the comic charms of single motherhood and middle-aged dating in this humor-filled, haphazard love story…far from simple or unexpected. Serious beach read potential here, friends.” —Bustle.com
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Surprisingly, this book not only matched, but may have even exceeded, Me Before You. One Plus One is funny, heart-wrenching, heart-warming, hopeful, and it leaves one feeling complete and utter satisfaction at it's conclusion.
It's not an action-packed novel...it's actually quite character driven. Thankfully, the characters come to life under Ms. Moyes' skilled pen.
A truly enjoyable read!
The author gathers a group of misfits who have profound thoughts and talents. Money is the central issue, but it makes no claim on your class or station in this novel set in England.
If anyone out there has juggled bills, “robbed Peter to pay Paul,” you can identify with Jess Thomas. She is a young mother whose husband, Marty, has left her because he is depressed. He sends her no money and yet she is sympathetic to his plight and safeguards his old Rolls in the garage. She also is the best mother to Tanzie, a 10 year old maths prodigy and Nicky, her stepson whose affinity for eye makeup sets him up to be bullied by the Fisher family, their crude neighbors. Jess works multiple jobs cleaning homes and tending bar to make ends meet, which they never do. She is the eternal optimist, however.
Filling out the main cast is Ed Nicholls, a client of Jess, who is a software genius. He gets himself in trouble when he is accused of insider trading. This is the part of the book I really liked. Moyes takes on a sophisticated financial felony and presents it to the reader without making excuses. On one hand, the Thomas’ group, who are poor and living in government housing, is contrasted with rich Mr. Nicholls. He is a unique character, especially when he offers to drive them to Scotland for Tanzie to compete in a Math Olympiad. The long, long journey is riotous and the pluses and minuses as each misfit’s idiosyncrasies emerges.
There is resolute sadness in the story, from death to heartbreak. Ms. Moyes holds it all together and gives us a quirky novel, which is thoughtful and cheery.
Jess seems to lead a complicated life. She has two jobs to support her young daughter Tanzie who, it turns out, is very talented at math -- scholarship talented -- and Nicky, the teenage son from her husband's first marriage, a goth kid who's getting bullied. Oh, and Dad is out of the picture, having moved back in with his mother two years ago after a bit of a nervous collapse.
Ed is a software guy who made a bundle but is now in some legal trouble and is pretty bitter about woman.
Yes, these seem like realistic people, with good things and bad things in their lives. The chapters alternate between these two main characters until, as you'd expect, they meet up and, as you'd expect, they don't like each other very much. I can't point to any remarkable plot twists or exciting events, but Moyes is a talented writer who creates interesting characters and writes excellent dialogue. This is set in England so there are a few turns of phrase that might be unfamiliar, but nothing the reader can't figure out, and I think it's fun to see the differences and similarities of women who are trying to row leaky boats on both sides of the pond.
The situations are funny, the ending is believable, and the attitude is optimistic, which I enjoy. I will definitely look for others by this author. They seem to have high ratings also, and it's always so fun to find a new author you like.
She has her hands full.
One of her children is Nicky-- an introverted teenage "Goth" boy who is bullied and tormented by the neighborhood kids, the other Tanzie (Costanza) She is a math prodigy, and has been offered a scholarship to a prestigious school. The scholarship pays for 90% tuition, but coming up with the remaining 10% is going to take a miracle. That miracle involves a long 5 day drive to Scotland, begrudgingly offered by a man who feels obligated to help cause he's been a bit of a jerk.
They all squeeze into this man's pristine Audi, along with their huge slobbering dog Norman--Madness and mayhem ensue, with comedy, drama, and romance --All passengers on this trip. An enjoyable book whose outcome is a bit predictable, but nonetheless is carried off wonderfully by these fully developed characters. JoJo fans will love it.
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As always, Moyes has created a cast of plausible and endearing characters. They're not perfect; they have weaknesses and make mistakes, there are consequences to their mistakes and they suffer as a result, besides also suffering due to chance events or the unkindness of others. But please don't think this is a depressing book - it's quite the opposite. I found it uplifting and optimistic. I really engaged with the characters and was desperate for things to work out well for them. It isn't schmaltzy, it doesn't give any overly-simplistic answers or solutions. It made me grin; it made me chuckle out loud; and it made me weep. My Mum read it after me and also loved it. I honestly can't remember being so gripped by the characters in a novel - I would t hesitate to recommend it.
Story of an IT Geek Ed who gets involved in a financial scandal meeting Jess, his cleaner/barmaid struggling to make ends meet, two unlikely candidates for love but fate has other ideas. They embark on a road journey to Scotland with Jess's daughter Tanzie (a Maths genius), Nicky , a Goth and Norman, their big sloppy, drooling, smelly dog. What unfolds is a road journey which has me me laughing out loud along with some more serious moments when the the local bullies, the Fischers attack Nicky or Tanzie. In the end a mistake made by Jess which was done in desperation results in this cosy setup unraveling and the question is whether Ed and Jess can get past it?
A lovely story about how love can sometimes be found in the most unlikeliest of places
So if there is a book you want to read this year, then make it this one. Moyes knows this right heatstrings to pull that will keep you dazed with emotion and as usual, she never fail to impress.
It's worth mentioning also that this book is a Penguin Print, with very high quality paperback, and the book came in a excellent condition.
The story was so multifaceted. It was about a mother’s love, about desperation, about the beginning of romance and about being different to name just a few the layers. I think the one that resonated for me is the story of sacrifice. Our protagonist, Jess sacrifices everything for her children – I found this quite strange because I, myself, do not have children yet I could feel how desperately she wanted both Tanzie and Nicky to have the best things in life and if that meant working a ridiculous number of hours or sacrificing things for herself then so be it. She is a protagonist to be proud of.
The love story was beautifully played out; Ed and Jess both had misconceptions about each other and they slowly learnt that the other wasn’t a complete waste of space. It took time to grow but their friendship developed in such a lovely and heart warming way. What added sincerity to the equation was that they both had massive flaws; both characters came alive off the page.
Having read a fair few books by Jojo Moyes, I can honestly say that The One Plus One did not disappoint.
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Half way through, I was thinking it was more of a 3 star book, but by the end I was definitely in love The One Plus One. If the pace of the book at the beginning was faster, then I would have given the full 5 stars.
The story line was great. I related to it a lot, being from a single mother family. Jojo Moyes, this is the third book of yours I have read, and I can't wait to read more.
Basically we have the absolutely fantastic and hardworking Jess and her children, Nicky (actually her stepson), Tanzie and their wonderful dog, Norman. Life is hard for Jess and the children but Tanzie is a whizz at Maths and is offered a generous scholarship at the local private school, St Anne's, if Jess can get together the 10% fees needed for the term. As Jess already lives on the breadline this seems out of the question until they are told of a Maths Olympiad in Scotland whereby if Tanzie passes the exam she will get a substantial amount of money which would, in turn, pay for the school fees etc. How Jess and the children get to Scotland is just fantastic and I won't go into any more of the plot for fear of spoiling it. All I can say is I loved Jess and the children but most of all wouldn't mind an Ed Nicholls in mine; what a wonderful, kind and caring man.
There are some fantastic laugh out loud moments in this book, not really good when you're trying not to wake the hubby up at 2am! There are some terrible depths of despair for Jess and I felt dreadfully sorry for her.
As I say I ended the book crying and I'm already missing Jess and the family.
JoJo as you can see I simply adore your books.
The One Plus One is another gem from Jojo Moyes; a story full of laughs and humour, both heart-warming and heart-breaking in places, and that overall leaves you feeling uplifted. A little slow-going perhaps to begin with, but then really gets into its stride. What I love about Moyes is how all her books are so different, and far more than average chick-lit in the themes she tackles, which are always well-researched too. I found the parts related to Ed's being accused of insider trading insightful, particularly as it's an area I wasn't all that familiar with before. However, more than anything I suppose this book is really about families, how they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and what that bond really means. Moyes also conveys the daily struggles of families like Jess' s really well, the hardships of being a single parent, and how it can be so difficult to get out of a rut; her small seaside town a perfect portrayal of the extreme ends of society, a theme she explores further by putting these two very different people together.
Though Jess and Ed at the outset appear to have very little in common, and indeed don't hit it off well; Joyes does a deft job of building their slowly evolving friendship in a way that feels natural and unforced, and you can see how actually these two people might just need each other. In some ways this aspect of the book reminded me a little of Me Before You, i.e. two very different people, who perhaps in normal circumstances wouldn't have reason to interact, being thrown together and who help bring out the best in each other. On the subject of Me Before You, I would say, however, that it is probably best not to make too many comparisons between the two books, as her former is a hard feat to match. It should also be said that not all aspects of the story are completely realistic, mainly the likelihood of a near stranger driving you across the span of the country at under 40mph; however, the road journey that follows is so fantastic that it hardly seems to matter.
I really liked how Moyes tells the story from the view points of all the main characters, and I think I'm actually going to miss them all. She captures the voice of the children really well too; Nicky in particular, who could have come across as really stereotypical, is a wonderfully naunced character, and really comes into his own later in the story. Ed was probably my overall favourite though, even if at the start of the story he comes across as rather selfish and a bit of an idiot; and I liked that he wasn't your typical alpha hero, but actually just an everyday sort of guy, albeit a bit of a geek.
Overall a real treat and a read to be savoured, as there aren't that many books like this one out there. So much more than a love story, more a life story; and one that leaves you with a positive, heart-warming message of the kindness of strangers and that good things do happen to good people.
The family is interesting with a bullied teenager and a maths geius younger girl. Much of the book is about a road trip to Aberdeen and back where the woman with not enough money is taken by a man with too much money and then driven home again. On the way she meets her ex partner and his new family and we find that while tomorrow always looks good for him in the present he's still a dreamer. His new partner either doesn't care or hasn't realized that yet.
Do I have any criticism? The female main character in this book, although she had her daughter while still very young is really quite like the main female character in Me Before You, who is still single in her late twenties.
She is a likeable character who will go to any lengths for her family. Plenty of incidents to keep you from getting bored with the story.
I'm recommending Jo Jo to anyone who like a book with a good story.
Chemistry grows between the two of them until a small mistake before they really knew each other threatens their new relationship.
I loved this story which kept me gripped until the end. I read this in one weekend and willed for all main characters to succeed from beginning to end. I think most people will relate to some or all of the characters in the book and will know people like other characters in their life. You will relate to how these people treated the main characters and how Jess, Ed and the others dealt with the 'hands they had been dealt'.