One by Sarah Crossan

OneRating: 5/5

ARC recieved from NetGallery in return for an honest review.

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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?

My Thoughts

This is my story.

It is a single story,
not two tales tangled up in each other
like lover’s limbs,
as you might expect.

This was an incredible captivating, emotional and beautifully written book. We hear about the lives of Tippi and Grace, who are conjoined and live as one but are separate people.

At first, I thought that the text was all written to one side because it is only one half of the story – as it is written from Grace’s perspective. It turns out that the book is written in free verse. I suppose this doesn’t make my original thought wrong, but it certainly does explain the different writing style. I have never read a book written in free verse before, but found that it was really easy to read as it just flowed. It meant that some of the text was absolutely beautiful, like the the quote above, as well as emotional and moving.

The book covers many things: The every day lives of conjoined twins, the physical difficulties, the difficulties of fitting in with other kids their own ages and their parent’s difficulties in covering the medical bills. The story line itself was slightly predictable, but I feel that the journey and their feelings is more important. Crossan has done a lot of research into the physical and emotional complications of being a conjoined twin, encouraging the reader to consider things that they may not have thought about before.

A very interesting, emotive and thought provoking read, that I would definitely recommend.

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