Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Title: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Series: Stand-Alone
Released: 7/1/2014
Source: Library
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 5/5

Summary from Goodreads:
One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Timesbestselling author of Me Before You

American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story that reads like a modern-dayTwo for the Road.

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.

I read The Last Letter From Your Lover earlier this year and highly enjoyed it. After reading One Plus One I am definitely a Jojo Moyes fan. An auto-buy author for sure. 

This was such a touching story and I literally felt every emotion while reading. Those are the best kinds of books, in my opinion. This is such an interesting cast of characters and I highly enjoy "family dynamics" stories. 

We get Jess, a struggling-to-make-ends-meet single mother of two. House-cleaner by day and bartender by night. Unrelentingly optimistic, she is just trying to do best by her two kids: a bullied "goth" boy, Nicky, (who isn't even really hers) and a super intelligent (especially in mathmatics) girl, Tanzie. Then in comes Ed, a wealthy software guy who comes into trouble of his own due to a scheme by another women. All of these characters are nothing if not quirky.

So through a series of events all four of this people find themselves shoved in a car together for three.days.straight. <-- That's right. Honestly, this was my favorite part of the book. I mean, come one, no better way to really to get know people then by being within a foot of them at all times for upwards of 72 hours.

Of course, other things happen, but that is where the fun in reading this book comes in. Just make sure you have a lot of time on your hands because you won't want to put this one down.

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