Author: Sarah Crossan
Genre: Poetry, Contemporary
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SYNOPSIS: “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 was sent a copy of One from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. Everything stated is entirely my own opinion, and has not been altered in any way.
One is a fantastic story that really opened my eyes to an entirely new genre! Sarah Crossan’s poetry was full of emotion making the story feel raw and genuine.
This novel is written in prose, meaning that it’s told entirely in a series of short poems. Before staring it I thought that I would have trouble understanding it, as sometimes I have trouble understanding poetry. However, it’s written in such a way that virtually anyone could pick this up and enjoy this.
As for the plot I feel like it was focusing on the wrong things. The story takes place over a year and more than half of it pre decision (I’m not going to spoil anything), I understand that it’s important to learn about their relationship and how they struggle to live a normal life. However I felt that it was repetitive and that some parts were irrelevant and Crossan could have spent more time focusing on the key points.
As for the second half, I can’t really say much due to the massive spoilers, but I enjoyed this portion much more! The emotion felt more real raw and the story was much more serious, I enjoyed seeing the girls grow up and mature within a few months. I also found the characters much more relatable at this point, even though I haven’t gone through a situation quite like theirs I have witnessed something similar.
The poems are varying in length, some a few lines and others a few pages long. Even though each poem tells a different story they all link together perfectly and with ease. Choosing my favourite is virtually impossible as I loved quite a few, but here is one on the list:
Grammie is going on a date with a man she
met at the bowling alley.
I didn’t know Grammie liked bowling.
I didn’t know bowling alleys were places to meet
And I can’t believe that someone
with a face as wrinkled
as an overripe avocado
has more luck
For some reason in my mind I thought that this entire book would be depressing and heart breaking, but as you can see there is comedy woven in just the right places!
One is a very quick novel that I highly recommend to people wanting to delve into the world of poetry as it’s quick and easy to grasp. The content is sad, funny, exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time making it a fun and addicting read.