One by Sarah Crossan

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I read One in one sitting I think. It’s that kind of book. It wraps around you and carries you along, though it’s not a fast paced adventure, far from it. Unless growing up is an adventure, which I guess it kind of is.

Sarah Crossan’s writing has a poetic quality, lyrical and lovely. The other book I’ve read recently that it reminded me of was Red Leaves Falling, and there are similarities to the plot in some ways. Life changing illness features in One, but isn’t the focus. Instead it’s about friendship, connections, new experiences. It’s uplifting and emotional, sad and fitting all at once.

The blurb:

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’m always a bit nervous when books mention homeschooling, but this is sensitively covered. In fact I complimented Sarah on it when I met her at the YALC fringe event 😉 It’s not the important factor though money does drive the story forward. This is much more about characters than plot, and the characters are well worth focussing on.

Basically, I loved this book. I love the people, the writing, and even though I may have cried, I’ve now got two more Sarah Crossan titles on my TBR pile.  

<a href=”http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1408863111/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=1408863111&linkCode=as2&tag=makingitup-21″>One</a><img src=”http://ir-uk.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=makingitup-21&l=as2&o=2&a=1408863111″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” /> is out on the 27th August, and is available for preorder from a variety of retailers, as well as via my handy Amazon affiliate link.

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