Thursday, July 03, 2014

Review & Giveaway: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (CLOSED)

Title: One Plus One   
Author: Jojo Moyes       
Published: July 2014, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking   
Format: ARC Paperback, 384 pages   
Source: Publisher  

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story that reads like a modern-day Two for the Road.

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.

My thoughts: Oh've done it again!!! You've written yet another heartwarming, touching tale that I just couldn't put down. And once again this book is completely different from your other books and I love that! I couldn't wait to get my hands on this latest book and was ecstatic to pick up it up at BEA this year.

I loved the characters in this book. Jess is a single mom, abandoned by her husband and doing all she can to raise her two children, working two jobs and just trying to be a good mom. Tanzie and Nicky are good kids, but a little different than your average kids - Tanzie is a math genius and Nicky is into goth and usually gets picked on for this. And then there's Ed, a man that Jess meets at the bar she works at and who also happens to be one of her clients in her house cleaning business. He's a computer geek extraordinaire  who happens to be dealing with some serious legal problems.

The journey to the Math Olympiads is full of surprises. First, it's surprising that Ed even offered to take the family of three and their dog, Norman, all the way to Scotland. Then, along the way, mishap and mishap pop up, some quite funny and some not so much. But through it all, the group manages to foster friendships that you only hope will last beyond the journey to the Olympiad.

The way that Jojo Moyes writes these characters, you can't help but fall in love with them and cheer them on. Each time the family suffered a new hit - whether it be more money problems or another attack on Nicky - I wanted to reach out to them and give them all hugs, telling them it would all be okay. These characters are far from perfect - they are flawed and that makes them all the more real.

I loved this's one of my favorite reads of the year so far! It's definitely the kind of story that stays with you long after you finish that last page - not because of the action or details of the story but because of the characters...they are just so endearing. And the writing is just spot on. I can't wait to pick up my next Jojo Moyes book!!!

Thanks to the Annie at Viking/Penguin I have one paperback copy of One Plus One to give away to my readers. 

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This giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only and ends July 11th.

Good luck!



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  2. I loved it as well. So so good. I miss the characters!

  3. I loved this book so much!! Jojo Moyes is quickly becoming a must read author!! Good luck to your readers!!

  4. Loved your review. I'm been reading a lot of books that are similar in genre and think this will fit in nicely with my most recent genre binge. ;) thanks for the chance to win. snowdropdreams @ and i tweeted it ( CHEERS!

  5. Thanks for this captivating giveaway and wonderful review. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. What a great giveaway.I enjoy this author's novels. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. I loved Me Before You, but this one sounds even better. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the giveaway. nisethusfATyahoo

  8. Sounds different

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  9. Sounds like a fascinating book.
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  10. I read two of her books and simply can't wait to read this one! Lucky you for snagging a copy at BEA. I didn't even see it there. So thanks for this giveaway. laurafabiani at videotron dot ca

  11. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  12. I recently finished my first JoJo Moyes book "Last Letter from your Lover" and loved it! I can't wait to read more!

  13. Such a great young writer. I'm very pleased to see a new book from JoJo Moyes. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx
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  14. Thanks for the giveaway Kristin. I've read positive reviews on this book and would love to win a copy! My email:

  15. Sounds like a fun book. Can't wait to read it.
    Thanks for having it!

  16. I would love to win this! It's on my to read list!


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