One is the first book I’ve read that has been written is free verse and it was such a unique reading experience. If I’m honest, I was somewhat hesitant to buy this because of the way it was written. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it and I don’t have all that much experience of reading poetry in any form. Yet at the same time, I think thats why I was so drawn to it. I was so interested in reading something totally unique to what I’ve read before, in both plot and writing style. I’m so happy that I did pick this up. It was fantastic.
One is beautifully written and extremely moving. I have somewhat the heart of the Tin Man from Oz when it comes to emotions when reading, (it’s a blessing and curse) but One brought me the closest to tears a book has done in a long time. I don’t know wether that was down to the writing style or the heart wrenching plot – I have a feeling it’s a mix of both – but there were some single lines that tore my heart in two. Having said that, this wasn’t bleak or depressing, it was simply intense and very moving.
There were many different elements to the plot and I found it fascinating. I really appreciated the fact that Sarah Crossan had done a lot of research into conjoined twins as I didn’t feel I was being fed false information on what the bond between the sisters, Grace and Tippi was like. I think one of my only criticisms of this book is that, perhaps due to the nature of the writing style, I didn’t feel as though we got to know both sisters’ characters and their emotional connection as well as we possibly could have had it not been written in verse. I may just be being greedy but I would also have loved to know what happened after the last page and just follow the characters lives for a little while afterwards. That being said, this didn’t stop it from being nonetheless fantastic.
Since One is written in verse, I flew through it in one sitting in just over an hour. I was totally absorbed by the story and the writing. Despite reading it so quickly putting me in a total emotion overload, I don’t think I would have want to have read it any other way.