Review: One by Sarah Crossan

OneTitle: One

Author: Sarah Crossan

Pages: 430 Pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury

The Blurb

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?

From Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate? Shortlisted for The CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2016

The Review

I bought One by Sarah Crossan a while ago. I had every intention of reading it and then I didn’t. I heard mixed reviews and it lay stagnant on my kindle since October 2015. Then I saw a physical copy in the library in the school in which I work. Again, I pushed it to the side. Then I spoke to a friend whose judgement on books I trust implicitly (Clare over at A Book and Tea) and she, like myself was initially put off the poetry format as it sounded like it might e a challenging read. However, my intrigue had been piqued so I picked it up.

I devoured it.

One is a challenging story both in context and form – the story is told entirely in open verse poetry; however, it is a really easy read. It is a book that I found very difficult to put down.

One is a story of conjoined twins Tippi and Grace and their journey from being homeschooled to having to face the horrors of a normal high school and the cruelty from others that they are greeted with by the outside world.

Historically, conjoined twins have caused media sensation; they have been leered at and made to feel like entertainment for the masses. Sarah Crossan has not approached this subject in a negative way what so ever. She has handled it with sensitivity, maturity and pure emotion.

I always think that it must be ever so hard for writers to put themselves in a position that they have never been in. Essentially though, that is there job and when it is done well it can bring a whole new world to someone who hasn’t been farther than their own front gate. I think that Crossan has managed to do this with One. The fact that One is YA/Children’s literature makes this an important book. It is a book that can help change opinions and halt continuing prejudices. One is a book that highlights differences in a truly positive way.

It is a heartbreaking tale of desperately wanting to be “normal” in a society where every difference makes you a target.

One had be gasping for breath with tears and has blown my mind by presenting me with a world that I knew little to nothing about. Sarah Crossan thoroughly deserves every accolade and award given to this book.

One by Sarah Crossan is available now.

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5 Stars


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