Saturday, July 22, 2017

Audiobook Review: One Plus One

One Plus One By Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: 2014
Format: Audiobook narrated by Elizabeth Bower, Ben Eliot, Nicola Stanton & Steven France
Summary via Goodreads
My Rating: ★★

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One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages... maybe ever.

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first, mostly because Jess's life is so depressing. This woman has to take care of everyone and she constantly worries about money and how she is going to keep her life together. This book really opened my eyes to my own privilege because I've never really had to worry about living paycheck to paycheck, but a lot of people do and may have a situation like Jess. What I loved about Jess is that no matter how bad things get, she tried to stay positive and keep everyone together.

Jojo Moyes has a way of putting her characters in difficult situations, but she makes them pretty relatable that I just love to read through their journey to find out what happens. This was a short sweet book, that was a fun read.

I kind of love when Jess and Ed first meet, because he's such a jerk to her, and I loved that when they meet again she lets him have it. Go, Jess! When they get entangled with each other when Ed agrees to take her and her kids to Scotland, it just became such a fun adventure! Especially with the added mix of her big slobbering dog, Norman! I love that Ed tries to help out Nicky, and basically tells him that one day things will get better for him, and that he'll find his tribe.

The narration for this audiobook was really interesting, because there are four narrators (Jess, Ed, Nicky & Tanzie). It mostly bounces back and forth between the narrators for Ed and Jess, but occasionally there was narration for Nicky and Tanzie, which I really liked! It gave a little insight in how the children were thinking, and how as kids you might not really understand the financial struggles your parents are going through. You see that a little more with Tanzie, but with Nicky you get a little bit more insight on his lost boy status. When Jess is depressed towards the end of the book we see how he really takes on responsibilities and tries to help out. I really liked that we got to see a "goth kid" being a truly good kid and not demonized as a bad person. Just because he wears eyeliner doesn't mean he is a heathen! I really enjoyed that Moyes subverted this misconception with Nicky's character. I actually sped up this audio a little and the narrator for Jess was super fast paced compared to the others, but I actually really enjoyed that because it seemed like it matched Jess' personality.

This book is set in the UK, so if you are not familiar with the culture there might be some things that are confusing. Like what the heck is a Council House?  But it's nothing a quick google search can't solve. Otherwise it's a sweet story with a happy ending, even though it might not seem like it as you get close to the end! My only complaint is that I want to know what type of dog Norman was!

Have you read this novel, what are you thoughts? Any recommendations for what to read next by Jojo Moyes? Do you have a favorite of her novels? What type of dog do you think Norman was??

Happy Reads Everyone!