Title: One Plus One
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publish Date: July 1, 2014 (Today!)
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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 . . .
My Two Cents:
"One Plus One" is a new
fiction offering from Jojo Moyes. I feel like I'm sort of late to the
party when it comes to reading one of Moyes' books. After reading this
one, I know that I really want to go back to read some of her other
books, especially the historical fiction ones. "One Plus One" is the
story of Jess, a young woman whose life has been turned upside down.
Everything she wants doesn't seem to happen. Everything that she dreads
seems to happen sevenfold. This book is how she copes with her changing
marital and family situation and how the life equations that are out
there do not always seem to add up the way that they do.
the book opens, Jess's husband is gone. She has no idea when he's coming
back and he won't give her a straight answer. Jess wants to send her
daughter to a school where she can excel in math but doesn't have the
money. Jess's stepson is being bullied. She has a lot on her plate but
only gets more as she goes along. Enter Mr. Nicholls, a guy who is going
through his own trouble but will eventually become quite swoonworthy as
the book goes on. I liked the relationship development between Jess and
Mr. Nicholls (as she and the children call him all of the time). I dove
right into Jess's story and was rooting for her right from the
beginning and for both her and Mr. Nicholls once they start traveling
together. You really feel for her and Moyes writes her and many of the
other characters in the book that they feel real and like people that
you might want to come across in your every day life.
It is not
hard to see why Moyes has become so popular if her other books are
written the way that this one was. She really gives the story and these
characters a lot of feeling and emotion. We laugh when they laugh and
our hearts break a bit when they are hurt. These are characters that I
will be thinking about for a very long time.