This year, my school is taking part in the Carnegie Shadowing programme, where a group of students (me included) read and review at least three of the eight shortlisted book in the running for the CLIP Carnegie Medal, the oldest children’s book award.
The first book I chose to read was One by Sarah Crossan and because I have to review it for the shadowing website, I thought I’d review it here, too, on The Book & Beauty Geek! Anyway, enough rambling, let’s begin…
One is about conjoined twins and best of friends, Tippi and Grace. They’ve been home-schooled all their life, but, then their family fall on hard times and the girls’ have no choice but to go to school. They expected to be taunted, feared, ogled at, but, apart from the occasional obnoxious note tacked to their locker, school was good. They had Yasmeen and Jon. But when Mum loses her job, Tippi and Grace feel they need to help, so agree to be the subjects of a documentary. Then, further disaster strikes, and it’s discovered Grace’s heart’s weak and the only way they have a chance of surviving is to be separated, something the girls’ had never dreamed of; they needed each other.
The story is told from the perspective of Grace, the quiet, more shy twin that lives in Tippi’s shadow. It’s set in Hoboken, New Jersey, and I do not think the location plays a part in the forward motion of the book. The book is written like a collection of poems – unusual but nice. It was very descriptive and excellently written.
I judge a book on not only it’s plot and the language but also how connected I feel to the characters. In One, I feel as if you really get to know all the characters, not just Tippi and Grace, so, bravo, Sarah Crossan! I think you’ve done a brill job!
A variety of themes are explored such as sisterhood, love and friendship, as well as making tough decisions.
What I really like about this book is how there’s no drivel; the story is always moving forward. The plot is has some major twists and turns, so we’re kept interested, intrigued to know what happens next.
What I didn’t like so much was the sad ending, but, I suppose it’s there to catch you off guard; I really wasn’t expecting what happened to happen!
Whilst it’s not my favourite book, it’s certainly not my least and is worth a read. I’d recommend this to readers aged 13 and up, perhaps?
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