Author: Sarah Crossan
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: September 15, 2015
Review Source: Greenwillow Books
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.
How do I even begin to review a book that was so down right good?
Tippi and Grace are conjoined twins who have done their best to stay hidden from the world by being home schooled. Adjusted and comfortable they are suddenly thrown for a loop when they are suddenly forced to attend high school. Bad times and good times await them.
One is narrated by Grace, a voice I fell greatly in love with! So lets' face it. How much do we really know about conjoined twins? I know I didn't have much knowledge on it so reading this book really put certain things into perspective for me. It is completely raw. At one point Grace talks about soul mates, and how we each have one. And that maybe her and Tippi were soul mates that didn't separate, and how lucky they must be because of that. I love that!
The characters are amazing. I didn't find a single one I disliked. Sure they were flawed human beings, but that is exactly what made this book honest. The plot, the story, the intensive research Crossan put into the subject, it all boils down to perfection. At one point I was waiting for Tippi to take over so we could read from her perspective. It never came, but that was completely OK. I wouldn't have liked anything more from One.
One is written in verse which made it go by so fast. But, even so it's so great that it would've gone by fast anyway. I went through every possible emotion while reading this book. One is the kind of profound book that will stay with you forever. I know for sure I will go back and re-read it!