Thursday, July 24, 2014

~Book Review: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes~

One Plus One
Jojo Moyes
Publication Date:  July 1, 2014 by Pamela Dorman Books

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.

Jess is a hard working single mom to her daughter Tanzie and stepson Nicky.  Working several jobs to make ends meet.  Her daughter Tanzie is incredibility smart and has a once in a lifetime chance to attend a private school based on her math scores.  The only problem is the scholarship does not cover all expenses.  When they hear of a math competition with prize money involved, Jess knows this is their last hope.  

Packing up the whole family which also included her sullen stepson Nicky and Norman, their lovable dog, they set out for a cross country trip to compete in this math competition.  Unfortunately, Jess has not driven in a while and their car is less than unsafe.  Enter Ed, a lovable man who has mega problems of his own.  Being investigated for insider trading, his life and company are on hold at the moment.  On a whim he decides to take this family under his wing.  You will read about their hilarious high jinks as they travel with a smelly dog and a child who gets terribly carsick.  Along the way they discover what is important and that things don't always work out the way they are supposed to.

I absolutely loved this book.  This is the first book I have read by British Author Jojo Moyes and it was amazing.  I did not understand some of the terminology but you get the gist while reading.  The characters are warm and enjoyable.  You will laugh and cry while embarking on this wonderful journey.  I look forward to reading many more Jojo Moyes books.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.  This in no way influenced my thoughts or review.

Meet Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist. 

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

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