December 17, 2014

One Plus One

"There's no room in my life for the whole one-plus-one thing." ~ pg. 192

Sure you think your life sucks, but there is always someone worse off. Take Jess for example. Her husband runs off leaving her struggling with two jobs and raising two children alone. Her teenage stepson is being bullied and her maths whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that she can't afford. Jess always taught her kids to do the right thing but what if doing one wrong thing will help her family?

Ed is a millionaire geek whose life is unraveling because of one stupid decision he made. He happens upon Jess, her two kids and stinky dog on the side of the road. Usually selfish and obnoxious, he acts the opposite and offers them a ride. A lot can happen in a very nice car over a three-day span. The road trip is comical, enlightening and surprising.

"That whole 'do as you would be done by' thing? Well, it only works if everyone else does it." ~ pg. 245

This is unbelievably the first novel I've read by Jojo Moyes. Her books have been on my reading radar forever. Thanks to the Chick Lit Book Club, I was finally encouraged to read one. It wasn't the traditional love story. Not predictable, often surprising. It is a bittersweet story that I enjoyed reading majority in one afternoon.

My first experience reading a Jojo Moyes novel was impressive enough to make me pick up another straightaway. (Me Before You recommended by the librarian.) Check out the brief interview below of author Jojo Moyes discussing the characters and new novel The One Plus One.

Title: One Plus One
Author: Jojo Moyes
Published: July 2014
Pages: 368
Edition: Hardcover
Rating: ♥♥♥♥


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