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One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
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One Plus One (original 2014; edition 2014)

by Jojo Moyes

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Title:One Plus One
Authors:Jojo Moyes
Info:Pamela Dorman Books (2014), Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Have read, Your library
Rating:***1/2
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Somehow, this is the second book I've read by Jojo Moyes. (Look, I was bored at work. Don't judge.) (Ok, maybe judge.)

Having read, and actively disliked, two separate novels by her, I'm starting to get a hang of what exactly is going wrong in her books.

Number one, all of the side characters are awful. Like, unrealistically so. Everyone is an utter monster to an unbelievable degree. From the demonic neighbors to the evilest bad dad to the worst ex ever to repulsive random strangers encountered on the road, every single side character is despicable to a degree not normally witnessed together.

Number two, the main characters are also pretty awful. Despite Moyes' attempts to make her two leads likable yet flawed, I rather disliked both of them. Jess and Ed are kind of irritating to read about. They just aren't that interesting. Even reasonably likable characters, like ten-year-old math whizz Tanzie, became irritating by proximity.

Not to mention when Jess and Ed finally consummate their nonexistent sexual tension, it's when Jess is high and has just crashed a car. Calling that dubious consent is being generous. Wow, Ed. Just wow.

I need to stop doing this to myself. Even if I am bored at work. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
Just a good story. Very satisfying in some way. The old GoodReads question was "What did you learn?". I liked the way that telling the truth was healing for everyone. I've been thinking about that. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
The beginning is, and the story is charming, the book is funny, and the plot is flowing. ( )
  AmandaParker | Apr 11, 2019 |
Single mother and eternal optimist, Jess always tries to do the right thing. But Tanzie, her math genius daughter, needs $$ to get into a private school, step-son Nicky lives with her instead of his dead-beat Dad, but is always getting beat up at school. And she's barely scraping by with a cleaning business and waiting tables evenings.
Tanzie has the opportunity to go to Scotland for a math competition....only, how do they get there with no money?
Ed, one of Jess' clients, and also on forced holiday for a insider trading allegation, picks the family (including the large dog, Norman) at the side of the road and agrees to drive them to Scotland...only Tanzie gets carsick if they drive above 40 MPH, so it takes days to get there...with a hilarious road trip, and one obstacle after another.
Character development good, although it does have the typical happy ending, but you're rooting for that at the end anyway. ( )
  nancynova | Apr 3, 2019 |
Jojo Moyes does it again ( )
  jawink22 | Feb 6, 2019 |
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Moyes has an unerring sense for the serious as well as for the ridiculous, and “One Plus One” shimmers with both unyielding warmth and canny incisiveness. While it tackles the desperation exposed by the chasm of income inequality and the horrific aspects of bullying, it also catches the more enchanting elements of life’s rich pageant from “the magnificence of total strangers,” to that moment when someone first notices the relaxing effect they’re having on another person and experiences the joyful epiphany of realizing that they are exactly where they belong.
 
What really makes a book of the summer is when we surprise ourselves. It’s not just about being fascinated by a book. It’s about being fascinated by the fact that we’re fascinated.

The odds: 2-1

Pros: Single mom plus nerdy millionaire equals unlikely romance. And there’s a road trip!
Cons: Very few killer sharks.
 
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" One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted Stateside she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she's written another contemporary opposites-attract love story. 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. maybe ever. One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You'll laugh, you'll weep, and when you flip the last page, you'll want to start all over again"--… (more)

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