Genre: Poetry

Review: One by Sarah Crossan

Posted August 31, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

Review: One by Sarah CrossanOne by Sarah Crossan
Published by HarperCollins on September 15th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Poetry
Format: eARC
Pages: 400
Source: Edelweiss
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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. Each of the sixteen-year-old girls has her own head, heart, and 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 Grace doesn't want to admit it. Not even to Tippi. How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?
Carnegie Medal–nominated author Sarah Crossan gives us a story about unbreakable bonds, hope, loss, and the lengths we will go to for the person we love most.

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The first thing that I loved about this book was the topic of it. It’s about two girls who were joined at the hip, literally, since birth. We’ve always heard this kind of stories on the news, and even though we ooooh and aaaahhhh at it, you have to admit this: YOU DON’T KNOW HOW THEY FEEL. We’ve seen their lives and sometimes, their deaths. And some of us look at them like they’re freaks, and others pity them. But we don’t really know how they truly feel, do we? We’ve never stopped to think that maybe they loved it, and maybe they love themselves. Or sometimes, maybe it’s because of US, that they hate themselves. And that kinda sucks, don’t you think? That someone hates themselves because of us?

This book was written in a poetic sort of way, which makes it even more interesting and it brings out the emotions with every sentence. Broken sentences, broken words. You can feel what the MC was feeling throughout this whole book. This book was written in Grace’s POV. I love it how both Grace and Tippi are two completely different people. Grace is kind and quiet. She merely observes everything around her. Tippi is the loud one, and not in the talkative kind of way. It’s more like she speaks her mind. She tells everyone what she really feels, especially if she’s angry. She doesn’t accept pity from people. And she’s a pessimistic. She knows that they won’t be able to fall in love, whereas Grace dreams of falling in love.

This is a very moving story and it isn’t draggy either. Instead, it moves fluidly. I couldn’t stop myself from reading, and bawling my eyes out. The ending of this book will give you peace. I don’t know how to say it, but there’ll be this sense of peace, like you know that was supposed to happen, but I don’t know. Sigh.