One by Sarah Crossan
Release Date: June 2nd 2016
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Plot: Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.
And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?
But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined.
I received this book, through work, by Bloomsbury Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
So I read this book in a little over a day. Along with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, it’s one of the fastest reads of my life, and this is all down to it being written in verse.
Why is it written in verse? I’ve no idea. But it helped with the speedyness.
I had no intention of picking this book before it was given to me at work. Hell, I didn’t know it even existed! But I’m so glad it does. I have never read a story about conjoined twins before, never watched a show, never watched a film. I understand nothing about the psychological mind of conjoined twins, and how a bond so strong living a life so different can leave lasting effects once separation surgery is thrown into the mix.
I mean, yeah, being different in any sense is tough, but as something that’s considered ‘freaky’ when you’re just two teenage sisters, must be a whole other ball park.
One was a very sweet and truthful read, one which will stay with me for a very long time. It got to the point and laid out everything in front of you. Grace and Tippi are both normal teenagers with normal wants and desires, but essentially, what is normal? Who decides what’s ‘weird’ and what’s fine?
The whole story is told through the eyes of Grace who, though was an interesting and sweet character, I was a little surprised that we don’t hear the POV of Tippi. They are, after all, conjoined, you’d think one twin would not be more important than the other. I also found the story to just sort of end; a lot of things were left unsaid, unfinished. At first I thought maybe this was part of the storytelling; not many people get their happy ending, but plot points and side characters just did not get anything out of that, and was surprised when they weren’t mentioned again and the book ended.
However, this book clearly pushed boundaries in terms of isolation, family friendship, and the cost of healthcare in the United States. And I really, really think you should read it.