“The One Plus One” By Jojo Moyes Review

One single mum. With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to. One chaotic family Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone.

I gotta admit that I ended up DNF-ing this book because I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t finish it. 

This book is very, very slow in action . This book takes ages for even the smallest action to happen. Of course there were something happening here and there like the son being beaten up, the daughter getting into a school for gifted kids but the running theme was “we are poor so we can’t do anything”. It was so insufferable, and the mother in this book was like “oh, my husband left us but I can’t move on and I need to wait for him to come and help us because we are poor.” I hate people like this even fictional characters because life doesn’t stop when someone leaves you.

The characters in this book are so boring and unrelatable as it possible can be. You can pretty much summaries all of the characters with a single word. And all the characters in this book seems to not have a brain and not be able to make good decisions. The mother doesn’t have a licenses but still takes the kids for a road trip to Scotland like there won’t be any police on the roads or any other people on the roads. The guy which she falls in love with is a dick who is like “I want that girl to be gone so I’m gonna sabotage my own company and put myself into a federal investigations”. Every character in this book makes worse decisions than a 6 year old. 

The plot here is pretty good, and it is the only good thing with this book. But the way the plot was presented to us is just the worst possible story telling. Even a high school student could have written this book better. The plot would be so much better if the author didn’t make it so god damn slow and boring. The author chooses to focus this book on everything else than the main topic in this book which really pissed me off. I need to admit that the plot was very predictable and super unbelievable because of the characters and the way it was written. 

I was so disappointed with this book because a lots of people on the internet talks about this book like it is the best thing ever but its the opposite of it. And I really needed to force myself to read this book and when I came to page 320 I just couldn’t do it anymore.  

The whole story lacks everything like depth, excitement, color and pretty much any sense of real life. And the whole story is so depressing because of the main character who is the mother who is trying to make the ends meet but don’t do anything about it and instead so keeps working in the same trashy jobs which gives her very little money. 

The writing style is the worst writing I’ve seen so far. The writing goes on forever on things which aren’t mentioned on the next page, it’s like the story forgets about had happened in the previous chapter and on the previous page. 

I give this book 1 / 5

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