Jojo Moyes is a storytelling goddess. Seriously, I'm convinced that she can do no wrong! I read, and absolutely ADORED, Me Before You last year then fell head over heels for The Girl You Left Behind earlier this year. When I saw that she had a new book coming out, I requested a review copy and then did a happy dance when my request was approved.
Although all of Jojo's books are completely unique, there is one common thread that unites them all. She manages to create a complete cast of characters that are so REAL that I was sad to say goodbye to them all when I turned the last page. I was completely swept away on a journey, laughing and crying along with the characters, and I actually missed them when the book was done.
One Plus One is the story of Jess, a single mom who does what she can to keep her family on track. Her stepson Nicky is a victim of bullying at school, while her daughter Tanzie is a mathematical genius. Jess works multiple jobs just to keep her family afloat and wants to send Tanzie to a private school to keep her out of the bullies' path and to foster her love of math; however, in order to surmount the financial obstacle, she decides to take her family on a roadtrip to Scotland. Here, the story begins -- and it doesn't slow down until the last page.
Seriously, I can't even find the words to express how much I loved this story. Although Me Before You will forever be my favourite Jojo book (mainly because of the incredibly personal connection I had to the story), I find it hard to pick favourites amongst her other books. Each book that she writes is such a unique and perfect story that each book deserves its spot on my favourites shelf. I just can't wait to see what she writes next!
Note: I received an e-galley from Netgalley. The fact that I received this book from the publisher did not affect my opinion of this book.