Thursday, 9 July 2015

One by Sarah Crossan

Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 27th August 2015
Pages: 448
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Family/Disability/Grief
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

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 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.


  1. I have this book and I can't wait to start it. I haven't read a book which has made me emotionally unstable in over 3 months and I'm scared that when I read it on the train I will start crying and angry commuters would glare at me!

  2. This book sounds good! It's not often that you find a book about conjoined twins!

  3. I read this during my internship at Bloomsbury - everyone in the company got a copy and I would say approximately 99% cried. It is beautiful and I love the free verse style. Glad you enjoyed it!