About the author (as seen in the book)
Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include The Ship Of Brides, Foreign Fruit, The Last Letter From Your Lover, The Girl You Left Behind and the international number one bestseller Me Before You. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.
Publication date: 31st July 2014
Publishers: Penguin Books
ISBN: Paperback 978-1405909051
Pages: 560 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: my own
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
One eternal optimist…
Jess Thomas, with two jobs two kids and never enough money, wears flip-flops in the hope of spring. And when life knocks her down she does her best to bounce right back. But there are some challenges even she can’t meet on her own.
Plus one lost stranger…
Ed Nichols is the good guy gone bad. He had it all, then one stupid mistake cost him everything. Now he’ll do anything to make it right.
Equals a chance encounter…
Ed doesn’t want to save anyone and Jess doesn’t want saving, but could Jess and Ed add up to something better together?
This front cover is very simple with the author’s name and the title in a big circle; which then draws your eye to the family; who are standing in a row, with their backs to the reader. And a lovely dog in the middle.
The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes is a story about a single mother, called Jess. She has a daughter; Tanzie who loves everything maths and her teenage stepson Nicky; who is being brutally bullied and can only seem to rely on her. Her ex and their father Marty is really no help at all. So Jess has to juggle two jobs, the children and the constant money worries all by her self.
Jess receives a phone call from Tanzie’s school teacher informing her of her daughters gift with numbers. He really thinks that Tanzie could really benefit from getting a scholarship at a private school; where they would embrace and encourage her talent for maths. The only problem is she needs to come up with the money to send her there, and knowing how much her daughter would really like and benefit from this wonderful opportunity.
From the start it’s clear that Jess can’t come up with the money and Marty is no help at all. But Jess receives another phone call from Tanzie’s teacher, as he knows of her situation he thinks he may have an idea of how to get the money to sent Tanzie to the private school. There is a Olympiad in Scotland; a competition for students gifted in maths and the prize money would be enough to send Tanzie to the privet school. Her teacher thinks Tanzie has got a really good chance of winning. The problem they now face is not only getting there but doing it on a shoe string. Jess finds herself and her family getting into a difficult position, when Mr Nicholls reluctantly offering his help! But will Jess accept? Will Jess get to the bottom of Nicky’s bullying? Will Tanzie get to the competition at all? They have to face a few huddles alone the way, but will they be able to get over them?
I think Jess and Mr Nicholls are drawn together because they both find themselves going through difficult times and in advert ally helping each other through them and is this the start of something? I also really liked that Mr Nicholls saw how much Nicky loves technology and encourages him to come out of his shell, that was quite sweet, I think he saw a bit of himself in Nicky! I found all the characters to be intriguing and complex, which really helped me to carry on reading till the end of the book. But, having said that I did feel for me it was quite slow in pace. The rating for The One Plus One is purely because this particular story wasn’t really for me, that’s all. I do plan to read more of Jojo’s work in the future, and actually have two books in my to-read pile!!!
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The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
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