Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Review: The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Title: The One Plus One
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 528
Genres: Women's Fiction

The One Plus One

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.

Moyes has done it for me again!

This is a beautiful story about single mum Jess, who works two jobs and struggles to make ends meet. Her stepson is profoundly bullied and her daughter is a maths prodigy who needs the benefit of a private school education. Despite a scholarship offering a 90% reduction in school fees; Jess still has no hope of finding the money so she decides to take a trip across the length of the UK on the off chance that her daughter can win a Maths competition for a £5000 cash prize. Ed, a profoundly troubled Good Samaritan who offers to help gets pulled along for the ride along with Jess's giant dog.

The road trip was absolutely hilarious and had me laughing out loud several times. This is the second Jojo Moyes book I have read (the first being Me Before You) and she has blown me away again. There were a ton of twists and turns in the plot I didn't see coming, and it didn't end how I expected it to - which I am happy about because there is nothing more boring then a predictable plot.

I am definitely going to check out Moyes' other books.

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