[simpleazon-image align=”left” asin=”0525426582″ locale=”us” height=”500″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51I0E1YP-tL.jpg” width=”331″][simpleazon-link asin=”0525426582″ locale=”us”]One Plus One: A Novel[/simpleazon-link] by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Basically, what you’d expect from a romantic comedy but more character driven than plot driven. Initially, the characters didn’t resonate with me and the plot was flat. But about 60 pages in, everything began to pick up. The situations became more contrived, but also more humorous. The dichotomy between the rich, self-absorbed Ed and the poor selfless single-mom was interesting (albeit predictable) and helped to move the story along. I enjoyed the read once I got into it, but I prefer Moyes’ previous works to this one. Nevertheless, I recommend it for fans of romantic comedy. It has language, but the sex is mostly behind the bedroom door. It’s as much a story of family as of romance, which is what I liked most about it.
“…there was nothing sadder than a lonely hairless baboon” (p. 141).
“The sound of her optimism draining away was audible. And something cracked open in his heart” (p. 241).
“With every mile, real life moved steadily toward them like an encroaching tide: cold, unstoppable” (p. 288).