Friday, June 13, 2014

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

"Good things happen. Sometimes when you least expect them."

This book played out like a movie in my mind.  The story was entertaining and it flowed so perfectly.  It was impossible not to be touched by this cast of quirky characters and their adventure.
Jess is essentially a single parent and struggling to make ends meet.  Her ten year old daughter, Tanzie, is a math prodigy and wants nothing more than to attend a private school where she can focus on math.  She's offered a partial scholarship, but Jess doesn't have the money to cover the difference.  Ever the eternal optimist, she is determined to get her family to a Maths Olympiad where Tanzie can compete and possibly win enough money to cover the first year of tuition.

The only problem, the Olympiad is in Scotland and they have no way to get there.  They have a busted up Rolls-Royce that doesn't get them very far and barely enough money to eat.  Lucky for them, Ed, the owner of one of the beach houses that Jess cleans, happens to be driving by and sees them on the side of the road.  He reluctantly agrees to drive this lady he barely knows, her two strange kids and their smelly dog all the way to the Olympiad.  Meanwhile, he's dealing with problems of his own.  Potential jail time and a terminally ill father.  Little did Ed know that what was supposed to be a long days drive turns into an adventure spanning several days.  Their trip if full of mishaps and riddled with life lessons.  It's funny and frustrating at times, but ultimately so sweet.  I loved all these characters for some many different reasons.  This is a must read.
"I want to be with you.  I know we've made an unholy mess of it, but I still feel more right with you doing wrong than I usually feel when everything's supposedly right and you're not there."
*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* 
4/5 Fangs

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