Bloomsbury 2015, YA
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. They are used to being different, but they have always been homeschooled and somewhat sheltered from the world. But now they have to go to school. This new experience is scary and daunting but also wonderful, as they make friends and learn more about themselves.
Written in verse, this is a beautiful and poignant read which flows beautifully. The economy and beauty of Crossan’s language is praiseworthy. As ever, Crossan deals with difficult issues in a sensitive manner, One is in no way sensationalist. Grace’s voice is very strong in the book, and her experiences are heartwrenching. Grace grows throughout the book as she has her first encounters with new friends and with love, and as she examines her identity – on her own and with Tippi. Ultimately, this is a book about love and connection – between sisters, friends, family. While The Weight of Water is still my favourite Sarah Crossan book, One is one of my favourite reads of the year and it is definitely one I will be reading again. A powerful and emotional read, that will stay with you. Don’t miss it!
I was delighted to attend the Dublin launch of One last week in Eason O’Connell St. It was a lovely evening with many of my bookclub buddies, and I was delighted to meet Sarah Crossan again and get my book signed. One was launched by Sarah Bannan, author of Weightless.