Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 5 stars
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Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.
And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?
But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…
From Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate?
I received this book for review in exchange for an honest review and this did not affect my opinion of the book.
There has been a lot of hype around this book for months now so I must admit, I was hesitant to read it. I am constantly aware of hype and generally it turns me off of the book because overhype is a thing that exists. However, I decided to throw caution to the wind and read it anyway since it sounded like it would be an amazing read. I was not disappointed.
The subject of One is something I have never read about before. I’ve never even heard of a book before about conjoined twins so I was interested to see how the author would write about a topic that is generally not even mentioned but Sarah Crossan does this perfectly. Her knowledge of the topic was clear and it was obvious that she’d done a lot of research on it. I came out of this book knowing so much more about the subject having previously never really heard anything about it before.
The characters themselves were incredibly likeable. I loved Grace and I thought her voice was fantastic. I also loved Tippi and all of their friends and family, as dysfunctional as they are. I thought the characters were one of the best things about the book and if they weren’t like they were, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much.
The best thing about this amazing book was the writing. The story is told entirely in verse which is something you don’t find often in YA. My favourite book growing up was Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman which is also told entirely in verse so ever since I was young, I’ve loved books like this. I’ve been looking for a great book written in this style and I’ve found one. The format made it quick to read but the writing also made you stop and think. The writing was beautiful and exquisite. I cannot praise Sarah Crossan enough for how beautifully she wrote this book and I will definitely be picking up more of her books.
In conclusion, I really loved this book. It is very close to a perfect book for me and I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of this book when it comes out on the 27th August. The ending will break you apart but you will love it none the less.