Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review: "One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes

"One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes
First published in 2014
384 pages
My rating: 4 out of 5
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While Jojo Moyes' latest book "One Plus One" wasn't as fantastic as her hit novel/ugly-cry-inducer "Me Before You," it was a fun, laugh-out-loud romantic romp that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Jess is a money-scraping, two-job-working single mom caring for a couple of rather unique kids -- and somehow she's still able to be the ultimate optimist, perpetually looking on the bright side and teaching her kids that good things happen to good people.

Ed is a computer geek being investigated for insider trading. He's just about hit rock bottom when he stops to help his cleaning lady -- Jess -- on the side of the road. Jess is desperate to get her daughter to a Math Olympiad, and for reasons he can barely begin to comprehend, Ed offers to drive the quirky family -- humongous dog and all -- from England to Scotland.

Of course, the road trip turns out to be even more of an endeavor than Ed expected and hilarity ensues. But something else happens too, while the family is crammed into Ed's no-longer-pristine Audi -- both Ed and Jess realize they feel lighter, happier and more free than they have in recent memory. They're from totally different worlds and are each battling their own issues -- but perhaps they each have what the other needs.

All the characters -- hardworking Jess, hapless Ed, math genius Tanzie, bullied and make-up-wearing Nicky, and gigantic and noxious canine Norman -- are incredibly easy to love. This was a sweet and fun read with heart. Sure, it was pretty freaking predictable. But sometimes you just need to read an easy book that will make you happy, and "One Plus One" fits that bill.

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