Thursday, September 10, 2015

One by Sarah Crossan

Title: One by Sarah Crossan

Release Date: September 15, 2015

Publisher: Greenwillow

Pages: 400

Received: ARC from Publisher

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

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. [goodreads]

My Thoughts

Okay, this is seriously a novel everyone should check out. It was immensely beautiful and emotional. Also, it's told in verse, which makes it more poetic and powerful. It's a story about conjoined twin sisters...and their lifestyle. Grace and Tippi are our characters, where Grace is the narrator. They are going to school for the first time in sixteen years, so of course there are many issues to approach.

Grace was more of the quiet one and she had so much to say. Tippi had a more tenacious personality, but they were in sync. What I've read on what is separated and conjoined with their bodies, I believe the author did her research. This story was a bit predictable, but so many other things made up for it. For example, it wasn't the perfect family and that's more believable, than a loving mother and father who do not bicker and live their happy, healthy lives. And the other members of the family, it all felt so real.

I cannot stop raving over her writing. It was so light with an intended bigger impact. The ending really shook me and was cruel, but I understood where it came from. It was a unique topic and really interested me when I needed it most. But I don't think it'll stick like super glue. But it is definitely worth your time and dimes.


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