Sunday, 6 September 2015

Review - One by Sarah Crossan

Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Pages: 448
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Release date: 27th August 2015

Blurb from Goodreads:

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?

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and NetGalley*

3.5/5 stars

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins.
Up until now they have been homeschooled but the cost has become too much so Grace and Tippi have to go to high school.
Grace and Tippi worry that they won't make friends and that people will make fun of them but it turns out that they have more important things to worry about, something that might change their lives forever.

One was a thought-provoking and emotional read.
I had never read a book with conjoined twins as the main characters before and it was interesting how they viewed their situation compared to how people on the outside did - Grace and Tippi were everything to each other and didn't care that they shared the bottom half of their body, whereas people who saw them thought it must be the worst thing in the world. Grace and Tippi were just happy to have lived so long when the doctors thought they wouldn't.
Grace and Tippi were likeable and I thought they were inspirational - their lives weren't the easiest but they had a good outlook and laughed a lot.
I liked Dragon as well and felt sorry for her being in the background. I would have liked to have seen more of her.
The plot was good and held my attention but I wasn't gripped. I liked the writing style and found it easy to follow.

Overall this was an intriguing read that I would recommend.