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One Plus One: A Novel | [Jojo Moyes]

One Plus One: A Novel

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' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated fans and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times best-seller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she's written another contemporary opposites-attract love story that reads like a modern-day Two for the Road.

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' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' 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.

One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You'll laugh, you'll weep, and when you hear the last page, you'll want to start all over again.

©2014 Jojo Moyes (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Kathy FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States 07-05-14
    Kathy FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2009

    I love books!

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    "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."

    One plus One by JoJo Moyers is in my opinion a very easy read or in my case easy listening. In this book I defiantly liked having .all the different narrators. I think it was the right decision on their part to have someone with a child's voice doing the part of the little girl Tansy and adults doing the adult parts. It took just a couple of minutes to get use to the British accents and I think they all did well.
    Ed a wealthy nerd that has gotten into some trouble for unintentional insider trading .He is told to get out of town for a while by his lawyer and he ends up taking a road trip with Jess a single mother, her teenage step son, her 10 year old math wiz daughter Tansy and their great big slobbering dog. They need to get to Scotland for a math competition cause it looks like that is the only way Tansy will ever get into a school that is suited for her high intelligence. Jess seems to be stuck in Murphy's law cause if something can go wrong for her or her kids it does but Jess has such a good attitude about things working out.
    JoJo Moyers has a very special talent to write about quirky people The story may be a little predictable but I ended up liking the characters so much that I just wanted the best for them. It is a very nice romantic story about people being right for each other. I am pretty sure that at some point I will listen or read this book again

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 07-12-14
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2005

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Great Beach Read"

    I enjoyed this book, it wasnt original or exciting but it was well done and a fun listen. I liked the various narrators in different voices, it added something to the story. Most of the characters had their flaws but they were likeable. You find yourself rooting for them! I would recommend this as a great beach read or to listen on a car trip. I love JoJo Moyes, she doesnt disappoint!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Antonette Waldorf, MD, United States 07-28-14
    Antonette Waldorf, MD, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2011

    I love to read! I love reading even more now with my Audible account. I probably read two to three books a month. And, yes, I have a life!

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    "I think I found my new favorite author"

    I highly recommend this book!

    The first book I ever read that had multiple points of view was "Disappearing Act" by Terry McMillian. I loved the story because I got to see the story from each persons point of view. There are FOUR points of view in this story. Each person - just as in life - has their own point of view, and their own life situations going on, and yet their story intersect, and the author did a great job in keeping me interested in the hardships. It funny because at a certain point, just like the main character - Jessie, I forgot what she did too, until the moment in the book when it was discovered.

    Very entertaining, and thankful that the sex scenes weren't explicit. Jojo Moyes wrote enough that I was able to fill in the rest with my imagination, just the way a book should be; I think!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sand Tampa, FL, United States 08-04-14
    Sand Tampa, FL, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2006

    So...you're telling me I can pay people to read books to me whilst I do other things?

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    "Popular Chick Lit"

    I would never buy a bag of Doritos, but if someone opened one and handed it to me and I was hungry, I would eat one or two. And then, because they're Doritos, I'd eat a ton more.

    And so it was with this book. I downloaded it based on a flashy Audible top banner promo, thinking it would be smart and sparkly Brit lit. I only later realized I was in the middle of yet another tired Jane Austen retread.
    This novel is a pleasant listen and the plot is skillfully rendered, but it's definitely beach-read/escapist/guilty pleasure material.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Julie A. Levin Pleasant Hill, California 08-07-14
    Julie A. Levin Pleasant Hill, California 08-07-14 Member Since 2005

    Marriage and Family Therapist

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    "Good, once you get into it"

    It took me a little while to find my way into the book. I think this may be more of a problem with the audio version, though I haven't read it in print, so I'm not sure. The narration shifts between characters, but remains in third person. Once I got used to that, I enjoyed the story. It's a little formulaic, but I like the formula - all turns out well in the end. I wish the author had written each perspective in first person. My guess is that in doing so, the characters would have developed a little more. Still, it was very enjoyable, and that's what I was looking for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    workout girl 08-03-14
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    "Another great book by Jojo Moyes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I really liked how they used 4 different narrators and the story was real, moving and had suspense.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard one to pick, but probably Ed because he changed so much.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    emotion and comedy. When Ed portrayed Diana - it was hilarious!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot. And it reminded me everyone goes through the same things, but in different ways.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 08-01-14
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 08-01-14 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Just Loved this Book!"

    What a sweet funny and bittersweet story! Ms. Moyes does it again, she gives us an engaging lovely story with heart. I laughed, teared up and just didn't want to put it down. The author hits it right in the mark, the feelings and challenges of a single parent with "special and different" kids This book is not fine literature but a damn good listen. The narrator did a fine job; I really liked everything about this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emmanuelle Toronto, ON, Canada 07-10-14
    Emmanuelle Toronto, ON, Canada 07-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved It!"
    What made the experience of listening to One Plus One the most enjoyable?

    This was such a sweet story. I was pulled right in to the world Moyes created, and I must've listened to the entire book in two sittings. At first I didn't really understand the need for the multiple readers, but the chapters are each written in a character's unique voice, so it does make sense to employ four different people. They all gave stelar performances, and I wouldn't mind listening to anything else they read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was the perfect blend of funny, warm, and sweet, without ever stepping too far in one category. I'll definitely listen to books by this author again!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Uhh -
    Math, love, and the open road.
    Or maybe:
    Two lonely hearts. One car.


    Any additional comments?

    ... I shouldn't write tag lines.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Omaha, NE, United States 07-05-14
    Kelly Omaha, NE, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great one by Jojo!"

    As usual, Jojo Moyes turns a few simple characters, an interesting storyline and excellent writing into a highly enjoyable and accessible book. I didn't want to stop listening!

    However...
    while the narrators all did an excellent job, the book is written in the third person so to have the voices change is a little distracting. It doesn't make sense to have multiple narrators for the audiobook when there is only one real third person narrator throughout the book. I think this one was a bit over-produced, but still excellent.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-12-14
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 08-12-14 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Dysfunction gone right"

    After having read Me Before You which I enjoyed to a large extent, I chose to read this book as I enjoyed Ms. Moyes' writing style. This story grabbed me from the outset, with its wonderful accents, endearing, quirky characters and a study in dysfunction gone right.
    The protagonist, a woman with a Goth stepson, a math wizard of a daughter and a large black clumsy dog named Norman, this story appeals to the heart. The awkward Ed, up on charges of insider trading and totally unable to tell when a woman really cares for him and when one is taking him for his money, undergoes a bit of a transformation throughout this story as he helps the protagonist trek up to Scotland so her daughter can sit a math Olympiad to help her get a scholarship to a prestigious private school that her mother cannot afford to send her to. As the journey unfolds, an unlikely relationship forms between Ed and Tansy's mother. This is a feel-good story written with great skill. If you are looking for a heavy read, this is not your best bet. But you'll love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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