Book Review : The One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

February 27, 2014 Book review 3 ★★★★

If you haven’t heard of JoJo Moyes before and you like contemporary women’s fiction, then listen up because JoJo is a gem. She is already a best selling author but I think she is going to be huge and deservedly so.

Book Review : The One Plus One by JoJo MoyesThe One Plus One by JoJo Moyes
Published by Penguin UK Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Family, Love & Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

One single mum
With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it's hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn't. Because you have to . . .

One chaotic family
Jess's gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she'll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess's teenage stepson, can't fight the bullies alone.
Sometimes Jess feels like they're sinking . . .

One handsome stranger
Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it's like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .

One unexpected love story
The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

My Recap :

One single mother, one teenage gothboy step-son, one delightfully geeky daughter, one smelly dog and one obliging man all on a journey across England. A recipe for disaster or maybe not.

My Thoughts :

Jess is the main character in this book, she is a young, separated mother who works as a cleaner and is always struggling to make ends meet. She is also cheerfully and relentlessly upbeat. She meets disaster after disaster and bounces back again and again with a smile and a shrug. She is a great mother and after never feeling loved by her own mother, the one thing she is determined to do is shower her children with hugs so they never doubt for a moment how much she loves them. Her daughter Tanzie knows that, her step-son Nicky knows it deep within him but doesn’t always show that he does.

Her children are huge characters, well developed and never clichéd. They are annoying and loveable, tough but vulnerable. They all live with the threat of violence from unpredictable neighbours on their rough estate. This is a family you want to protect but you also know they can do it themselves, together they can overcome all the odds.

Mr Nicholl’s who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, not for the first time in his life, finds himself driving this family to a maths competition halfway across England. At under 40 miles an hour as otherwise Tanzie gets car sick! And like anyone would be, he is soon under the spell of this proud, wonderful and at times tiresome family. He is not their knight in shinning armour, he is in even more need of rescue than they are. Together this motley crew will worm their way into your heart and if you are like me they will make you laugh and cry.

Plus you can trust Ms Moyes not go for the obvious, predictable storylines so you never know how this journey will end. All I can tell you is that with these amazing characters and skilful writing that this journey is one you will be one you will be glad you took.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read The One Plus One?

For fans of chick-lit books, well drawn characters, thoughtful and realistic storylines. Fans of Marian Keyes, Jane Green and Kate Hewitt should also enjoy this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books (UK) for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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3 Responses to “Book Review : The One Plus One by JoJo Moyes”

    • trish

      I love her writing and the directions her books take are always a little unexpected. You have to start with Me Before You though, it is one of my favourite books and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

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