One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
A Novel

82%

45 Critic Reviews

There’s never anything predictable about stubbornly optimistic and protective Jess and her oddball kids, or the distracted Ed and his disjointed work-family relationships. It’s exactly that quality that makes this offbeat journey so satisfying, and Moyes’s irrepressible flaws-and-all characters so memorable.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Look out for Jojo’s new book, Paris for One and Other Stories, available now.

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the#1 New York Times  bestselling author of Me Before You and After You.
 
American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted Stateside she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story.
 
Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.
 
One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.


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About Jojo Moyes

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Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl You Left Behind, Honeymoon in Paris, Me Before You, and The Last Letter from Your Lover.  Moyes writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian. They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.
 
Published July 1, 2014 by Penguin Books. 369 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for One Plus One
All: 45 | Positive: 43 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on May 17 2014

Moyes has mastered the art of likable, not terribly memorable, but far from simple-minded storytelling.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 05 2014

There’s never anything predictable about stubbornly optimistic and protective Jess and her oddball kids, or the distracted Ed and his disjointed work-family relationships. It’s exactly that quality that makes this offbeat journey so satisfying, and Moyes’s irrepressible flaws-and-all characters so memorable.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Autumn Markus on Jun 24 2014

...One Plus One is a breezy summer read in the vein of Little Miss Sunshine, light and entertaining as long as one is content with unrealistic situations and a fairy-tale ending.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Sep 01 2014

As in "Me Before You" Moyes creates characters and situations that readers can relate to -- and her stories force readers to reflect on values and assumptions in a new manner.

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RT Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Roseann Marlett on Jun 24 2014

Although the story is humorous and the characters are engaging, the pace of the novel is a bit slow.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Amy Wilkinson on Jul 02 2014

...like the best road trips, One Plus One is more about the journey than the destination. In Moyes' deft hands, even a bout of kebab-induced food poisoning is somehow charming. You'll be rooting for this ragtag group of strivers until the very last page.

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The Washington Post

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Pekkanen on Jul 08 2014

Moyes’s last novel, “Me Before You,” was an international hit. Math prodigy Tanzie would probably agree that this follow-up is just as good — maybe even fractionally ahead — in its charms.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Zoe Page on Feb 03 2014

I can’t pinpoint exactly why I enjoyed this book so much, beyond the reasons above, because I’ve read many books those words could apply to and yet for some reason this one was better. It was just more of everything – more amusing, more heart-warming, more relatable – and for those reasons alone it comes highly recommended.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Meredith Hurt on Jul 30 2014

While readers of Moyes’ previous novel, Me Before You, will be happy to note that there is less (reader) crying in this story, there is not a traditional happy ending for all — but there are realistic ones.

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Dallas News

Good
Reviewed by Joy Tipping on Jul 05 2014

Watching the quirky Jess and her kids fall for the continually stupefied Ed, and vice versa, forms the heart of the book, and it’s a reader’s true delight to tag along as the invisible passenger, happily sharing the back seat with slobbery Norman.

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The Boston Globe

Good
Reviewed by DANEET STEFFENS on Jul 11 2014

Moyes has an unerring sense for the serious as well as for the ridiculous, and “One Plus One” shimmers with both unyielding warmth and canny incisiveness.

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BookPage

Good
on Jul 01 2014

One Plus One is full of quirky characters and absurd situations, but it is written with authenticity, humanity and warmth.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Patty Rhule on Jul 01 2014

One Plus One echoes the charms and heartfelt messages about family and acceptance in the movie Little Miss Sunshine. You don't need to be a math whiz to figure out this book is one worth adding to your summer reading list.

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The Coast

Good
on May 23 2014

When given a choice between the flippant and the sober, she generally plumps for the latter, and it lends her characters and their exploits an authenticity that grounds The One Plus One, which in other hands might be flighty and daft.

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Chicklit Club

Good
on Jul 16 2014

Told from the perspective of all four characters, it is a dynamic and stimulating read and these are four completely different, but utterly endearing figures, Tanzie in particular.

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News Observer

Above average
Reviewed by Connie Ogle on Aug 09 2014

A few of the book’s conceits don’t quite make sense, but Moyes makes up for the missteps with sharply drawn characters, genuinely amusing scenarios and a compelling warmth for all of these endearing misfits.

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Luxury Reading

Excellent
Reviewed by Marisa Deshaies on Sep 17 2014

This book is entertaining, well written, and captivating. It would fit perfectly on a shelf alongside books by Maeve Binchy or Marian Keyes.

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Booking Mama

Excellent
Reviewed by Julie P on Jul 01 2014

I just loved how much this book entertained me. I had so many emotions while reading it. I laughed, got angry, cried -- both happy and sad; and I just felt happy when I finished reading it. This novel warmed my heart and reminded me that people, even flawed ones, can be good and kind; and that love is possible!

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Jul 04 2014

Readers will relish the easy banter and welcoming tone of the story. More importantly, they will take away a greater understanding of those struggling to make ends meet and will recognize the need for empathy for all economic situations

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Above average
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jul 15 2014

One Plus One has a bit of a fairy tale ending; it’s certainly predictable, but that doesn’t really detract from the book. The magic in this book is the journey, not where it ends up.

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
on Jul 03 2014

This is such a delightful book, and as usual, Moyes displays terrific skill with dialogue and character development, as well as with her insight into relationships. I alternated between laughing out loud, and brushing aside tears. Highly recommended!

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Novelicious

Good
Reviewed by Susan on Mar 26 2014

The story had so much depth and realism that I literally felt I was in the car. I laughed, panicked and was (almost) carsick right along with them!

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Novelicious

Good
Reviewed by Helen on Mar 12 2014

So the way I feel for this book is unexpected, but my eyes have that dryness and my mind has that spaced out-wooliness that comes from reading, enjoying and immersing oneself so completely in a novel. It is, it has to be said, a rather lovely feeling.

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Novelicious

Good
Reviewed by Kate Appleton on Feb 06 2014

I really enjoyed this latest outing by Jojo Moyes. The story is written with both emotion and humour with our chick lit heroine having hidden depths...

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Beth Fish Reads

Good
Reviewed by Beth F on Sep 26 2014

Good characters, thoughtful issues, and plenty of humor make JoJo Moyes's One Plus One the perfect weekend read. Jess and the gang remind us that it's never too late to create the family we choose and through that family we find our strength.

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Reading on a Rainy Day

Good
Reviewed by Athira on Aug 27 2014

One Plus One is what I wish Sophie Kinsella's novels were more like. Light women's fiction with a rich-guy-meets-poor-gal script, but where the girl has brains and can hold her own kingdom.

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The Lit B***h

Good
on Jul 15 2014

I found the plot and the characters very very real in ways that I didn’t feel in some of her other books. I just seemed to relate to Jess and Ed’s romance more than in some of the other books.

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Book'd Out

Above average
Reviewed by shelleyrae on Feb 21 2014

The One Plus One is funny, poignant and charming story with characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. Its about family, about belonging and about love and a wonderful read.

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Rated Reads

Good
Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim on Oct 03 2014

Jojo Moyes takes what could be a predictable plot device for making two people fall in love with each other and gives it depth and that something extra. The characters are ones the reader will root for, and everything adds up in One Plus One, just not in a predictable way.

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Alpha Reader

Excellent
Reviewed by Danielle on Feb 28 2014

Like with all of Moyes’s books I’ve read thus far, she likes to throw out really outlandish plots that are dependent on chance and circumstance. But as the story twists and turns she brings the story back to the heart of the matter

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Women 24

Above average
on Oct 30 2014

Jojo Moyes is an author who has become much loved, and reading this – my first of her novels – gave me a sweet taste of why.

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Good Book Fairy

Good
Reviewed by Lauren Margolin on Jul 18 2014

Overall, if you’re looking for a well-balanced romance with a heaping dose of family issues…this is your book!

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Pop Culture Nerd

Above average
Reviewed by Pop Culture Nerd on Jul 16 2014

...Moyes's characters are always multifaceted and sympathetic, and her plotlines unpredictable. One Plus One will indue chuckles and tears.

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Alison Skap on Jul 01 2014

Just when I thought my heart wouldn't break, something would go hilariously wrong, and I would find myself chuckling over one of the kids or their silly old dog.

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Novel Escapes

Excellent
Reviewed by Lydia Laceby on Sep 13 2014

My admiration goes out to Jojo Moyes for a realistic set of voices in a non-fairy-tale romance. I loved every minute of One Plus One and may actually read it again one day!

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The Readers Den

Excellent
Reviewed by Rachel on Aug 11 2014

One Plus One is just too big and wonderful to encapsulate in a review. I laughed, cried and swooned in equal measures. It was amazing on so many levels!

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The Novel Life

Good
Reviewed by Stacy on Aug 08 2014

This is a feel-good read that should not be missed. If you liked Where’d You Go, Bernadette, A Grown-Up Kind-of Pretty or The Husband’s Secret then you will love One Plus One!

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The Lostent Wife

Good
Reviewed by Lydia on Jul 29 2014

Even if contemporary lit isn’t your thing and you roll your eyes at “Best-selling” on the front of any book, please do me a favor and give ONE PLUS ONE a try. I think you may find yourself hooked, much like I did.

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So many books, so little time

Excellent
on Aug 08 2013

I didn't want it to end, I loved the characters and think there is someone for everyone to relate to. If not someone then at least one of the situations. The book covers a host of issues...

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Everyday I Write the Book

Good
on Sep 16 2014

The relationships evolve at a natural pace and never feel forced or rushed. No one is perfect, but you can’t help rooting for them to get their happy ending. One Plus One is an entertaining, satisfying read.

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Bookish

Excellent
Reviewed by Evie on Jul 11 2014

I cried, I laughed, I sobbed, I got angry.. I fell in love with these people and their story. This book was a journey - full of love, hope, second chances and wisdom - and I am sure I'd be re-taking this journey time and time again.

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Handwritten Girl

Excellent
Reviewed by Bronagh on Apr 30 2014

Beautifully written with engaging characters, that will make you laugh and sigh with understanding, ‘The One Plus One’ is a humane, poignant story about people trying to find their paths in life. I absolutely loved it!

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http://dolcebellezza.net

Good
Reviewed by Bellezza on Mar 01 2014

JoJo Moyes has a writing style which is so down to earth, so in touch with her endearing characters, that it makes me embrace all that is imperfect in this world.

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A Book A Week Blog

Above average
on Sep 06 2014

He transitions from a clueless self-absorbed whiner into a man who takes responsibility for his poor decisions and moves forward with insight and compassion.

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Jess Hearts Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Jess on Feb 10 2014

Simply put The One Plus One is the best book that I’ve read in 2014 so far. If you like books about life changing road trips with a bright and eccentric cast of characters and a loveable furry companion to boot then I couldn’t recommend this book to you more!

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