ARC Review – One by Sarah Crossan

23524610Title:  One

Author: Sarah Crossan

Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis: Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

Huge thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this book!

River’s Review:

Soooo when you read this you might discover that you’re a horrible person and this book might make you realize that and how you should try harder to be a better person. I went into this book expecting to hate it. The subject is not something that I am familiar with or even really want to learn more about in particular. I’ve read one other book by Crossan and didn’t like it at all. And to top it all off it’s written in free verse. When it popped up on Edelwiess I didn’t download it and I only read this because it showed up in one of my bundles from Harper. So I decided to read it and get it out of the way and… I ended up reading it in two hours.

This book will suck you in and make you feel like a bad person because we are all those assholes that stare at the weird looking girls. I can’t even watch body deformities in animated medium. I think if this was a movie or TV show or documentary I wouldn’t be able to watch. I am being honest. But I also think that maybe I should keep a more open mind and try to understand more. To look past the physical. As I said, we are all those assholes who stare. It takes a very good person to move past that. There aren’t a lot of people like Tippi and Grace’s friends. And those guys were awesome.

The writing in this flows so well. It’s hard to read and easy to read. It’s hard to swallow and at times very funny. There are some gut wrenching moments and heartbreaking moments and you can’t help but cheer for the twins. You can’t help but love her family and her friends.

This is the story of two girls who are joined at the hip. They have lived their entire lives like this and it is normal for them, for their family. They deal with normal issues like their father’s struggle with alcohol and their younger sister’s body issues. They go to school and make friends and drive a car and even fall in love when they know that they shouldn’t. They don’t think their lives are wrong or unnatural or even tragic like others do. They thing normal things like cancer and world hunger are tragic. Being alive and living life with someone you love isn’t tragic to them.

This is the story of their first year at a normal school. After money dries up and the two can’t continue to be home schooled they are forced into the world. And they do well! They make friends, meet boys, go on adventures.

Only something changes.

And they have to make the ultimate choice: stay together or separate.

Read this book. Don’t be an asshole.

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