One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

July 3, 2014 Contemporary Fiction 11

Greetings Bookworms,

I’m pretty excited today. I get to tell you all about the latest Jojo Moyes novel AND tell a terrible (yet topical) joke. But first, the particulars. I received a complimentary copy of One Plus One from the publisher through Netgalley for review consideration. The fact that I didn’t pay for the book doesn’t compromise my integrity, y’all know I’m seriously lacking a filter. Case in point: A pirate walks into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, “Um, sir? There appears to be a steering wheel in your pants.” The pirate responds, “Arrr, it’s drivin’ me nuts!” (Ba du bum.) A large chunk of this book takes place in a car. A car with a STEERING WHEEL. I promised it would be topical.

oneplusoneOne Plus One is one part social commentary, one part family drama, and one part road trip from hell. (Which equals three, which is problematic considering one of the main characters is a mathematical wizard, but I digress.) Jess spends her days cleaning houses and tending bar in a seaside town trying to make ends meet. Her husband left two years prior leaving Jess to care for her daughter and stepson alone.

Ed’s life was motoring along fairly smoothly (if you discount that gold digging ex-wife of his.) He was part owner of a successful software company until he entered into an ill advised relationship and got caught up in an insider trading scandal. (Apparently breaking up with someone via post-it only happens on Sex and the City, but it would have saved Ed a lot of trouble…)

Jess and Ed’s paths cross when he tries to escape his problems at his seaside vacation home. One thing leads to another, and Ed soon finds himself driving the rag tag clan (including one very large, very stinky dog) cross country to Scotland. (Because we started in England, obviously. Mentally switch the side the driver’s seat is on, okay?) Jess’s daughter is set to compete in an academic competition to earn a scholarship to an elite school. Given that the public school in their neighborhood harbors a family of ne’er-do-wells responsible for tormenting and hospitalizing her stepson, Jess is desperate to provide better for her daughter.

You know what happens next? Pretty much what you’d expect. Feelings. Family dynamics. A little bit of romance. A dash of stinky dog. A whole lot of lovely. I’ve yet to be let down by a Jojo Moyes book, and One Plus One is no exception. It would be a great road trip book, assuming you don’t get car sick and can travel at speeds faster than 40 mph.

Bookworms, I’ve got to know about your worst/craziest road trip. Tell me a story!

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11 Responses to “One Plus One by Jojo Moyes”

  1. Joules (from Pocketful of Joules)

    Craziest Road Trip: I had always wanted to go and explore Europe and when I was 20 I decided to go with 2 guy friends and 1 girl friend. We started off by taking a bus to New York to fly out flew into Luxembourg (by way of Iceland), from there traveled to Amsterdam, London, Dover (England), France, and Madrid in Spain. There were backpacks, lots of drama, planes/trains/taxis/buses/thumbing it… Pretty much just a fantastic adventure. And yes, I kept a diary throughout the trip. =)

  2. Megan M.

    My family once rented a Dodge Durango to drive from Georgia to Minnesota to see our extended family. A Durango seats seven… and we had eight people in it. Me, my stepdad, my (pregnant) mother, two sisters, my aunt, and two cousins.

    I had to sit in the tiny third row seat with two other people when really, it was only meant to seat two people total. The thing I will never forget about the trip was when my little sister complained about being stuck back there and moved, and my stepdad swapped driving duties with my aunt, and it ended up being me, my male cousin, and my stepdad in the back. We put on a Backstreet Boys cd and became “The Backseat ‘Boys'” and sang along to every song.

  3. Quirky Chrissy

    Road trip from hell: driving across half the state of Illinois and the entire state of Iowa to go to a casino with my parents, brother, sister and brother-in-law on THANKSGIVING morning.

  4. AMB

    “I’ve yet to be let down by a Jojo Moyes book, and One Plus One is no exception.”

    That’s great to hear! I haven’t read any Jojo Moyes books, but I should!

  5. Jennine G.

    Crazy road trip: Took our (then) small children about six hours across the state of PA for a Thomas the Train event at a major railroad. Halfway there the mini van breaks down and we are sitting on side of the turnpike…the roadside emergency phones don’t work. A maintenance worker happens by and calls a two truck for us. We are half way there, so figure we might as well not waste our tickets and have him two us to our destination.

    $400 tow bill later, our van is in a dealership shop, which is closing because it’s a Saturday and they will get to out car on Monday! But we were leaving Sunday morning?! So, rent a car for the weekend, an extra night in the hotel, food to eat while we’re stuck…yea. One little two day trip because it was cheap and easy! Ha!

    Thankfully, when all was said and done, our car insurance paid for the tow, the extra hotel night, and the rental car! If I had known that, I would’ve enjoyed myself a little more!

  6. Jenny @ Reading the End

    SOUNDS GREAT. I love road trips, and I have no bad road trip stories, only stories of awesome road trips. One time we saw a whole triple rainbow, swear to God, when we were driving through Texas.

  7. Athira

    I cannot wait to read this book! Everyone’s talking about it. Yours is the second review I read today!

  8. Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    My best road trip was a three-week long trip from Buffalo, NY to California and back with my sister and our sister from another mister. (She’s been best friends with my sister so long she’s basically family.) It did not go according to plan. Our car broke itself on a mountain road outside Yosemite, and we were stranded in a tiny town for three days! We literally camped in a fairground while we waited for the car to get fixed.

    The funny thing is, the day before we got stuck, we had been wishing we could have spent more time in Yosemite. Luckily, the town we were staying in was on a bus line into the park! We had to walk two miles from our camp to the bus stop and then ride for two hours to get there, but we got to spend a few extra days hiking the valley! The moral of the story is, be careful what you wish for.

    I haven’t read anything by Jojo Moyes, but I’m a sucker for a road trip novel.

  9. Isi

    Ohh this author is being translated into Spanish and just last week the publishing house here offered me a copy of on of her books! (not this one) What a coincidence!
    I’m glad you liked it; I’ve read very positive reviews of her books so I’m looking forward to reading my book 😀

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