Firstly, I want to start off by thanking Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this book in exchange for a review.
So I woke up this gorgeous Saturday morning, feeling guilty for not reading very much lately. I got up, got dressed, walked over to my bookshelf and after staring long and hard at it, I picked up One by Sarah Crossan, which Bloomsbury kindly sent me. As I snuggled back in bed, I opened up the beautiful hardback, to find that it was written in verse, like Sarah Crossan’s other book, The Weight Of Water (which I have also reviewed, and you can view here). I started reading it, and by the time I reached 20 pages, I was hooked. I read One in one sitting. #noregrets
‘Oh come on, Grace,’ she says, ‘all this you and me is a lie. There has only ever been .’
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? (Goodreads summary)
Over the past few months, I have read a book about a girl who is blind, a book about a girl and her mother who are immigrants, and now I have read a book about two girls who are conjoined twins. Sarah Crossan has managed to somehow not only show such emotion and passion, but also include humour and a lot of information about what it would be like to live a conjoined life.
Throughout the novel, I was laughing, crying and writing down notes and quotes. It’s the type of book where you as soon as you have finished it, you don’t know whether to cry some more, start re-reading it, or just sit there, speechless.
I highly recommend One for anyone, whether you are a teenager, adult, non-booklover, or a total booknerd!
I rated this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.