One: WINNER OF THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2016 Paperback – 2 Jun 2016
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One broke my heart and mended it, all at the same time. Beautiful, moving story about an unbreakable bond and an immense love - ONE of my ALL time favourite books! (Cecelia Ahern, author of PS, I Love You)
The best book I've read in years. It's a spectacular testament to love. It blows your head back (Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers)
Every word in Sarah Crossan's One feels precisely chosen, each sentence crafted, page after page resonates with exact observation and lyrical awareness. So, how come it has space and light in it too? How does it manage to be a page turner and also leave room for the reader to imagine beyond the story? Perhaps, because it's written by a very good writer indeed. I urge you to read this book. Seduction guaranteed (Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die)
A beautiful and moving exploration of a sibling relationship like no other, One will stay with you long after the final page. (Lisa Williamson, author of The Art of Being Normal)
Read, think, enjoy and weep, because the novel is quite simply an achingly sad and beautiful story about what makes any of us human (Telegraph)
Truly remarkable (Irish Times)
This is a strikingly brave, sensitive and unusual book that packs such a powerful emotional punch, I defy anyone not to weep at the end (Daily Mail)
An inspiring and beautiful book (Irish Examiner)
Poignant, powerful, just perfect (Praise for THE WEIGHT OF WATER - Cathy Cassidy)
Succinct, with a gentle lyricism, the poems are telling about immigration, prejudice, self-delusion, families and first love, on the way to a life-changing conclusion (Praise for THE WEIGHT OF WATER - The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week)
Exquistely and touchingly written (Praise for THE WEIGHT OF WATER - Irish Times)
Unreliable adults, complex friendships and family ties are explored with sensitivity in this finely crafted story (Praise for APPLE AND RAIN - The Bookseller)
It will make you laugh and cry ... (Praise for APPLE AND RAIN - Company)
A story of the redeeming power of love. It's beautifully written and it made me cry but it also made me laugh (Praise for APPLE AND RAIN - The Bookbag)
This poignant, realistic tale is about learning to love and taking responsibility, and how poems can tell the truth . (Praise for APPLE AND RAIN - The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week)
The winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2016. Incredibly moving and extraordinarily crafted, One explores the unbreakable bond and love between sisters.See all Product description
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It's how it's always been.
It's all we know.
Initially I wasn't convinced by the free verse structure - I didn't find it difficult or jarring to read, but for the first few chapters I simply couldn't really see the point of it. However, as the book progressed I did begin to feel that it added something. It makes the book a short, intense read (it took me about 90 minutes) which works well for the story, and the free verse helps to give a sense of otherness and reminds us that there is something different about this narrator, something that lends a slight awkwardness to the way others perceive her.
The story opens with Grace and Tippi going to school for the first time at 16, having been homeschooled up to this point - their father has lost his job as a college lecturer and their mother works in a bank so money is tight. State funding for their education is minimal, but will pay for their attendance at a school chosen solely because, despite Grace and Tippi being two individuals, it's willing to treat them as a single entity for the purposes of fees.
This is a thread that runs throughout the book. Quite rightly, there's a constant battle to have them treated as two, and yet, as Grace herself is forced to admit, there are times when they are one, and the unique bond between them goes far beyond the physical.
While Grace and Tippi are naturally the main focus of the story, Sarah Crossan doesn't neglect the other characters, who are all three-dimensional and interesting in their own right. I particularly liked Dragon, their younger sister, and Grammie, their grandmother, who lives with the family and who seems to be the most matter-of-fact and accepting when it comes to the twins' condition. A documentary producer could easily have been portrayed as an exploitative media vulture, but instead confounds even the twins' own expectations.
Much of the story deals with the every day difficulties of teenage life - crushes, fitting in, friendships, sneaking out to drink cider. There are also family problems to contend with: Tippi and Grace's father is struggling with a growing drink problem and their sister, who has a talent for ballet, is teetering on the verge of an eating disorder. It's sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet -
so essentially, what you'd hope for from YA contemporary realism, but coloured, if not actually shaped, by the unique circumstances of the narrator. There are also interesting digressions on the practicalities of being conjoined - for example, while one twin has counselling, the other has to listen to loud music through headphones in order for the session to take place 'in private'.
All this is fascinating, insightful and perceptive, but it's really the last third of the story that sets this book apart. It's utterly heartbreaking and beautifully written, perfectly paced and sensitive. The sparse nature of the free verse is ideal here when it comes to conveying emotional pitch. I suspect One is a book I will remember for a long time.
This is a quick book. It took me just over an hour to finish it because it's actually written in a sort of verse. Something I'd usually hate so keep reading if that was enough to put you off! The writing is presented all to the left side of the page, like a poem, but reads as a normal book. This initially put me off, on first glance, but I soon forgot about it and actually, I really appreciated the symbolism of this layout as the story progressed.
Grace is a conjoined twin, and Tippy is her other half. By that I mean, she has her own upper body but shares a waist, two legs and two feet with her sister. This novel looks at the dynamics of such a relationship, and not just for the twins but largely for their family, friends, neighbours...well, basically everyone they meet.
I loved the look at prejudice within this short novel. This author tackles it so carefully; it's apparent the cause runs much deeper than just this one superficial story (which was proven by the authors note at the end) and this really added weight to the story. Some of the writing was incredibly emotive without actually being emotional at all - the choice of wording really resonated with me but in unexpected places. Crossan talks about the sisters watching their other sister perform and "shuffling" to the front of the stage but not reaching it in time. This shouldn't have got me, but boy did it hit home.
What I most enjoyed about this book was that it actually made me consider new things. I hadn't considered the dynamics of the twins in relation to how they felt about being together all the time - they actually liked it. I loved how Crossan shows that their relationship was good to them and that perspective is a fascinating thing. I loved how she explored mental health outside of this dynamic - how might a sibling or parent within this family fare mentally? How does this compare to other health problems? Is being conjoined really as bad as some people might ignorantly assume?
Any book which makes me stop and think, which makes me question what I ignorantly thought I knew, which makes me reevaluate my assumptions or open my eyes to new ideas is a book worth reading and recommending. This book has all of those things and more.
My only complaint was the predictable nature, particularly within the ending, and the lack of resolution for some of the wider characters; I would have liked to have seen how Dragon, the girls sister, developed following the ending. Equally, the ending wasn't surprising and didn't shock me enough to have the emotional kick I think it was designed to have.
Nevertheless, this book is fantastically thought provoking, is uniquely written and offers some interesting ideas into a genre which actually hasn't had a lot of insight into this area. A really strong read; I hope Crossan produces a sequel.
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