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Addition

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,857 Ratings  ·  544 Reviews
“Often funny, always lovable, this endearing novel of obsessive compulsive disorder and romance is outstanding.”
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An absolutely delightful tale of obsessive-compulsive love, Toni Jordan’s Addition is just the ticket for fans of TV’s Monk and readers who were captivated by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A wonderfully funny, supremely intellig
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Paperback, 262 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Suzanne
Nov 15, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wee gem has been on my Aussie author radar for some time (Marianne our/my own Whisperer spoke of this unique novel a long time ago). It is also one of the first books ever added to this site when I joined years ago. So in my own little way I can say I'm working on my Tbr. Doubtful, Suz.

Quirky it was. Grace (19 letters in her full name) has a number issue. Counting counting counting. OCD to the extreme, and she even has a partner in crime, Mr Nikola Tesla. He sits by her bedside, waxed moust
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☼♄Jülie

Loved it!!!

Before Grace Vandenburg fell victim to her need to order her life and movements by numbers and counting, she was a teacher who loved her job.
But somehow things went wrong and her counting became an obsession, eventually causing her to lose her job and go onto sickness benefits to get by.

This novel got me thinking about how these obsessive disorders begin to manifest in people, which in turn reminded me of the games we played as children.

I remember as a child we used to play games whe
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Will Byrnes
Grace has a bad case of OCD. She counts things, everything in fact, and it has made her, effectively, a recluse. How did she get this way? Her hero is Nikola Tesla. They share something. One day at the supermarket, short one banana at the checkout, she swipes one from the guy behind her on line to make a perfect 10, and thus begins her adventure.

This is a wonderful, charming novel. It will make you smile and occasionally laugh out loud. Jordan had written a character study that is both attracti
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Jeff
Dec 15, 2008 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading "Addition" I was addicted to Toni Jordan's intelligent, quirky writing. Given the amount of times I laughed out loud, I was convinced this was going to be a five-star book; then, I got into the "meat" of the story and all my high hopes floundered.

"Addition" starts out strong as Grace, a young woman with OCD, expounds on life, love, counting, and Nikola Tesla. Grace's obsessive-compulsive voice is constructed with such delightful abandon that I was ... well, I was ch
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Carolyn

Grace Vandenburg has an unusual form of OCD where her world is controlled by numbers.Every action must abide by some rule that she has formulated - how many times she brushes her teeth, how many steps to the cafe, how many items she buys at the supermarket. Numbers control her life so much she has had to give up her job teaching and can no longer drive, so how will she cope when a sexy, handsome Irishman called Seamus falls into her life?

There are some very funny laugh out loud moments as Grace
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Sharon
Grace Lisa Vandenburg is obsessed with numbers and every day she counts everything she does or eats. This includes things like counting her steps everywhere she goes to counting the poppy seeds on her cake that she has at her local cafe which must be precisely cut up into a certain amount of pieces and must be chewed a certain amount of times. When doing her grocery shopping, Grace must also only buy the exact same number of each items that she needs. She speaks to her mother on the phone at pre ...more
MaryG2E
4.5 s
The principal character and narrator of Toni Jordan’s debut novel, Addition is Grace Vandenburg. Grace is 35 years old, unmarried, living alone in a 1BR flat in Melbourne’s suburb of Glen Iris. She grew up in the suburb and her widowed mother lives a few blocks away in the family home. Grace is described as attractive, tall, thin, angular, with pointy features and long straight blonde hair. She is attractive and enjoys flirting with the opposite sex.

Grace has a remarkable gift and passion f
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Elaine
To be honest I struggled a bit at the beginning of this, finding Grace's obsession with numbers and counting a little overwhelming and hard to follow. But the story soon took over and the numbers just became background. I ended up really enjoying this and loved the quirkiness and uniqueness of Grace. To me there was a message here that we are all different and all have our own way of thinking and doing things. In the end it's the differences and little idiosyncrasies that make us who we are and ...more
Michael
Grace Lisa Vandenburg is obsessed with numbers; she counts everything. Her whole life is centred around numbers; how many banana’s to buy, how many bits of an orange cake to take, how many brushes to take for her hair or even teeth. Everything was organised but then something went wrong and now she survives on disability checks and tutoring. Here only real connection in the world was a portrait of Nikola Tesla; that is until she met Seamus Joseph O’Reilly who changed everything.

Addition is a qui
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Mish
The main character Grace suffers from a rare condition of OCD where she counts everything in sight. She will count the bristle of a tooth brush; alfalfa sprouts on her sandwiches to poppy seed on her cake….I mean everything! Grace is a single woman of 35 years of age and a bit of a loner. However she seems content and does not feel the need to change, until she meets Seamus….

I loved this book. And…oh what great characters! Grace, I absolutely adore her, she is smart, witty and very flirtatious w
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Marilyn
Jan 08, 2009 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Addition is a funny, charming book about a woman who counts compulsively, and counts everything. It's the way she feels safe in the world. Every day she goes to the same cafe to have a hot chocolate with two marshmallows and a slice of orange cake. The cake's frosting is dusted with poppy seeds, and she counts the number of seeds each day, which tells her how many bites she has to take to eat the cake. She counts the bristles on her toothbrush. She counts her steps. She buys bananas in multiples ...more
Frankie
Aug 28, 2015 Frankie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This was ok. The counting descriptions and the parts about that famous inventor bored me so much.
Bit too chick lit for me. Cute and predictable.
Sally906
Apr 05, 2012 Sally906 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Addition is an unusual romance. Grace's whole life is defined by numbers - numbers give her a sense of being. Numbers dictate how many steps she takes, how many poppy seeds are in her cake, how many slices of zucchini she eats. She is so ruled by her obsession that she has lost the ability to live a 'normal' life. Life for Grace is predictable, with no room for spontaneity, but she doesn't think her life is bad - she is so busy counting. Then she meets Seamus and slowly life changes. But is it f ...more
Rachel
Jul 19, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, book-club
Read this over the weekend for a book club. It's our lightest pick, yet. Entertaining and funny but with enough conflict for good conversation.
Laura
Feb 15, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a GoodReads "first reads" giveaway item. I was excited to see that I'd won a copy, as it was one of the most interesting-sounding books in the contest when I signed up. I finished the entire things in one afternoon, tucked under a blanket on the couch while recovering from a bit of a cold.

The book feels a bit like chicklit for brain fans. As a neuroscience student, I found the characterization of Grace, her obsessive-compulsive illness, and her experiences with medication
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Megan
Not sure if this should get 3 or 4 stars. I'll err on the generous side...

For the most part, I enjoyed this. It's a light and funny novel, but due to the OCD given to the protagonist, it has its dark moments.

I can totally sympathize with people who have OCD since I have a few compulsive behaviors myself. Reading this book, I really felt as though I could get into the main character's head, and felt what she felt. At times, though, her character didn't seem to ring true; she was just a little too
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Marianne
Mar 11, 2011 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
“Addition” is a very funny novel. It’s also witty and clever and moving. It is insightful about OCD and also about life in general. “Addition” made me laugh (a lot, out loud), it made me cry, and it made me think. Oh, and just to round things off nicely, there were a couple of hot sex scenes. I was so sorry to reach the end that I read it again, and I hope we don’t have to wait too long before Toni Jordan writes another novel.
Tattered Cover Book Store
I loved this light hearted, quirky story, and in fact nearly swallowed it whole on a lazy, cloudy Saturday. This is a story about Grace, who lives with a form of
obsessive/compulsive disorder that demands that she count EVERYTHING and live by the rule of numbers. This can be rather demanding, as you can probably guess. But she is absolutely adorable, with an acerbic wit that made me giggle many, many times. This book is all about learning to embrace,and even flaunt, who you are, no matter what. I
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Beth
Mar 27, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An australian woman with OCD meets a man when she steals his banana at the supermarket because she needs 10 to feed the demon of her disorder. Romance ensues, and though takes her OCD well into stride, her happiness inspires her to try therapy again, which means drugs, which means no more OCD and a major personality change.

The story is charming and entertaining, but contains a great deal of depth as well, and goes somewhere a little dark at the end, which balances out the lightness well. There i
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Ailsa
Mar 19, 2015 Ailsa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans, people looking for something mindless, beach readers
I think I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. There wasn't very much wrong with it, once one accepts that it really is just a chick lit book and not anything more serious. I think my problem with this book stemmed from my going into it with higher expectations than it merited - the idea of a OCD protagnist sounded really interesting (and in fairness, was, for a bit) but the story wasn't sustained enough for me. Brainless holiday read and nothing more.
Jeruen
Jun 09, 2011 Jeruen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a little break from my post-modern literature streak. And for that, I picked up this novel, entitled Addition by Toni Jordan.

So what is this about?

This is about the story, more specifically, a love story of a female, someone who has obsessive-compulsive disorder, and her struggled against counting. Yes, her symptoms of her OCD manifests as her compulsion to count everything, every single facet of her life. Of course, that has certain consequences, such as her resulting in an inability to
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Paula Weston
Oct 01, 2012 Paula Weston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian
I've been meaning to read this book since it came out in 2008 and it was definitely worth the wait. This offbeat story about love and acceptance is funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking and completely addictive.

Toni Jordan tackles the issue of OCD with wit, insight and sensitivity (along a healthy dose of irreverence). And while there's a lovely romance at its core, Addition is really about Grace and her need to forgive herself, and her need for those she cares about to love her for who she is - no
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Dee-Ann
Really enjoyed this book. It was quirky, filled with bits of information that may come in useful for quiz nights or trivial pursuit and gave me things to think about, including the number of other noses the air that I breathe has been through, and the cause of the movie Ghost Rider. All this makes sense in the context of the story.

I really liked that character of Grace, including with her quirks, which sounds not too different to autistic traits, and find her character quite believable. I apprec
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Marg
Jan 16, 2013 Marg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aww2013, audio-book

Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts....everything. Her life is very precisely ordered. She gets out of her single bed at the exact same time of the morning everyday, she always goes to the same cafe, and she always orders the same cake (orange poppyseed) which she always cuts into precisely the same number of pieces. She always buys exactly the same number of chicken breasts, potatoes, bananas when she does her food shopping. She always counts her steps, she has been known to count the number of alfalf
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Rachael Hewison
I had been recommended this book by a fellow goodreads book lover and I owe them a massive thanks, this was a gem of a novel turning a serious subject into something more light hearted whilst still allowing us to understand what having OCD is like.
The characters are the central pillar around which the novel was formed and I loved them. Grace has to be one of the most loveable (if sometimes frustrating) characters I have ever read. Toni Jordan allowing us to glimpse what frustrations life with O
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Emma
Oct 21, 2010 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. I loved the writing, Grace and her counting, Seamus and his stolen banana. And that it was subtly set in Melbourne: tram tracks, Glenferrie Rd, 6 points for a goal, and the immorality of taking a bath. I haven’t read anything by an Australian author for a while so it was kind like coming home.

But mostly this is just a sweet, unique love story that I would recommend to anyone.
Deborah
Nov 10, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book. Well-written with engaging & loveable characters. A fabulous debut from Jordan.

4.5 stars.
Anna
Apr 24, 2009 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a unique book for sure. It is simultaneously laugh out loud funny and depressingly dark. Jordan does a commendable job of taking the reader inside the mind of OCD. She shows us the confusion, fear, denial, anxiety and all the complexities of the disorder while at once keeping the story humorous and uplifting. This is one of those books where you feel like you are right there in the mind of the character, experiencing everything she is experiencing. As such, there were times I wanted to l ...more
Ute
Nov 02, 2011 Ute rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it's not fair of me to review this book because I did not finish it, but I don't finish books I don't like. And this book made me mad. Basically we have a talented writer who has decided to write chick lit although they don't write chick lit well, they write other lit well. I came across some sentences that I loved, some sentences that showed me that the editor of this book should have hit the author around the ears with the badly done chick lit and demanded bravery and a new start. It was ...more
Nadine
Mar 02, 2011 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace hat ein Problem: Zahlen. Sie ist bessessen davon, ihre Umwelt unter Kontrolle zu bekommen, indem sie alles zählt, was ihr begegnet. Buchstaben in Namen, Streusel auf Kuchen, Schritte bis zum Supermarkt...
Selbst alltägliche Dinge wie Einkaufen werden zur Herausforderung, wenn Eier in 12-er Packungen angeboten werden (das Buch spielt in Melbourne) und 10 doch eine wesentlich schönere Zahl ist und man an der KAsse feststellt, dass man nur 9 Bananen statt der obligatorischen 10 gekauft hat, gl
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Toni was born in Brisbane in 1966. She loved reading and writing at primary school (Seven Hills State School) but by high school (Lourdes Hill College) had become a science nerd. After leaving school, she enrolled in a Bachelor of Science at the University of Queensland, which she completed part time after almost failing due to a preoccupation with chasing boys.

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“Most people miss their whole lives, you know. Listen, life isn't when you are standing on top of a mountain looking at a sunset. Life isn't waiting at the alter or the moment your child is born or that time you were swimming in a deep water and a dolphin came up alongside you. These are fragments. 10 or 12 grains of sand spread throughout your entire existence. These are not life. Life is brushing your teeth or making a sandwich or watching the news or waiting for the bus. Or walking. Every day, thousands of tiny events happen and if you're not watching, if you're not careful, if you don't capture them and make them COUNT, your could miss it. You could miss your whole life.” 69 likes
“Don't tell anyone at the church this, but I think girls going out with girls is quite sensible. Imagine not having to do all the housework, and if you found a nice girl the same size you'd have double the wardrobe and you'd never have to shave your legs or clean whiskers out of the sink. I don't know why everyone doesn't do it. Not it's fine, provided you stay that way. It's the changing back to men that sends you mad.” 41 likes
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