One by Sarah Crossan Review

One by Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s 
First published September 15th 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Poetry, Fiction
Pages: 434
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Here we are. And we are living. Isn’t that amazing? How we manage to be at all.

Grace and Tippi don’t like being stared and sneered at, but they’re used to it. They’re conjoined twins – united in blood and bone.

What they want is to be looked at in turn, like the truly are two people. They want real friends. And what about love?

But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for Tippi and Grace. One that could change their lives more than they ever asked for… 

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I’ve been meaning to read this for years! And I finally got to it. And I’m super glad I did, because this is an incredibly different and beautiful book about conjoined twins!

This is a story written in verse, narrated by a 16 years old girl named Grace, who’s conjoined to her twin sister, Tippi. We get to see them starting public school for the first time after years of homeschooling, making new friends, trying to make the best of life they can even with all the bad looks and awful words. It’s a story of acceptance, love, friendship and family love.

Grace and Tippi have a beautiful family who would do anything for them, but life isn’t always easy with all the medical bills. They have a mother who loves them to no end, a father that loves them but is awfully drunk half of the time after being rejected a lot of times in job interviews, a grandmother who would do anything for them and a 14 year old sister they nicknamed “Dragon” who loves to dance and who would put them first if needed. I loved their family and how much they love them and do anything for them. With all the money problems they have they don’t care if it means they are healthy.

I also loved their new friends. They were awesome! Super sweet people that really saw Tippi and Grace as who they were. I feel like I learned so much about the lives of conjoined twins and everything that goes with it! How much medical implications it has for life and how much it impacts their daily lives both physically and mentally.

But the thing that most struck me is why they might be suggested to appear in the media. It was so sad to see the reason why they complied to do it… It was really hard to read and see all the hard emotion passing through the characters.

As for the writing, I believe this is my first book in verse? And I loved it! It made the story even more powerful.

This is the type of book that really makes you think about life. About how everyone has their own problems and the fact that something problematic to one person might not be to another one. It dives deep into so many aspects of life and it’s a truly beautiful although hard read. I couldn’t recommend it more! I know this is an old book, and it took me ages to get to it, but I couldn’t be happier I didn’t give up on it.

This book might seem to be predictable but there are some twists that truly hit me hard, so go in knowing you are ready for it! I loved it and hope you do too!

TW: grief, alcoholism, death of a loved one, bullying

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Have you read this yet? What do you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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