Author: Sarah Crossan
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 27th August 2015
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Family/Disability/Grief
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
I finished this book a few moments ago - although bear in mind this is a scheduled post - and I am currently emotionally unstable. Trust me, this book makes you feel emotions you weren't even aware of having. Why doesn't this book come with free tissues? They're necessary.
I have no words other than those in this review. My heart actually hurts. I'm hoping that's because of the book and not because of something else. It probably is the book, right?
Anyway. Pulling myself together.
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins and rely on donations to receive the expensive care they need. They weren't supposed to see their second birthday and now, at seventeen, everyone around them has to make sacrifices, from dance classes to food on the table. Eventually the financial strain of homeschooling becomes too much, and the bombshell drops - they're going to school. But, whilst homeschooling was too much for their parents... will school be too much for them?
With books, I don't usually venture outside of my comfort zone and I'm used to reading books that are written 'normally', so when I saw that One was written in free verse, I'll admit that I sighed. But then I started reading and fell in love with it instantly. Why have I been denying myself such a beautiful form of writing? It's quicker to read than your average book, but it packs in so much and I'm on the hunt for more. I wouldn't want One written any other way.
Inside my copy of the book is a note from Zoe Griffiths, the Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury, and she wrote, "believe me when I say that [Sarah] will change your life." Reading that, I was sceptical, but she's absolutely right. The writing is free and as light as a feather, and yet its impact will slam the breath out of you.
This is the most poignant, wonderful book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It's so special. Amusing at times, but also an incredibly heartbreaking story of sacrifice - for yourself and for those you love. Overall, I want everyone to read this. The many tugs on your heartstrings will be painful, but it's so worth it.