Book Review: One by Sarah Crossan

Author: Sarah Crossan
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: September 15, 2015
Review Source: Greenwillow Books | ReadingTeen
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.

One is an easy story to read. Okay, maybe not easy but a quick read. It is however, an easy story to fall in love with.

One will make you fly thru those pages while making you feel everything. Yes, everything. You will cry, laugh and appreciate life. Frankly, I couldn’t put One down. I finished this story in less than 3 hours and was left stunned.


Just WOW.

One is the story of two unique individuals. Tippi and Grace are conjoined twins. They’re off to a new adventure, that is experience high school for the first time. Sure high school can be a blast for some people, but for these conjoined twins, it will be a challenge. They know people will stare, judge and make their life miserable. However, they are up for the task. These brave souls.

Unlike everyone, Jon and Yasmeen, the outcast of the school, will make Tippi and Grace feel welcome. I don’t want to go into details, as this story is short, and you need to read it. However, when these four share their stories and background, they will make you like you’re living a luxury life.

Sadly, it is so easy to judge, to make fun of people and say cruel things. Why? Why is it so easy for humans to treat one another poorly? One is told by Grace’s point of view and she will open your eyes to things you never thought possible of. The cruel things people say to the twins, the way they stare… It’s a punch straight to the heart.

I wish to tell you more but it will be best if you read it yourself.

One is an amazing story everyone should read. The story is well and emotionally written and it will rip your heart out. The end will make you weep for hours. The seriousness of this book will leave you shocked. Sure it may not be for everyone, since it deals with serious issues. Nonetheless, everyone should read this powerful story.

Thank you, ReadingTeen for the copy!

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