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One single mum

With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it's hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn't. Because you have to . . .

One chaotic family

Jess's gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she'll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess's teenage stepson, can't fig
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Hardcover, UK, 516 pages
Published February 27th 2014 by Penguin
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Alison Edward, his ex-wife called him Eduardo I am assuming because she was Italian.
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Page 204: Ed drops them off and says "you guys go in and register, I'll get her some glasses." It then describes Norman…more
You are absolutely right.
Page 204: Ed drops them off and says "you guys go in and register, I'll get her some glasses." It then describes Norman being in the car with him while he looks for the shop.
Page 215: Jess is at the desk registering Tanzie, Nicky is off to the side WITH Norman to keep him out of everyone's way when he notices the two boys pestering Tanzie. He then ties Norman's lead to a radiator to go deal with them. The next page they are talking about how they are still waiting for Ed to get back with some glasses.
So, yes...Norman is in two places at once.(less)

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Beadyjan
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-top-20-2013
I read this a while ago and now reviews are starting to pop up everywhere I thought I'd add mine.

I feel I should begin this review with an apology to Diane Chamberlain ... Whenever I'm asked who my favourite author is - I name her, as she never fails to delight and presses all my buttons with her lovely romantic family dramas - Well I'm sorry Diane, I'm not dumping you, honest I'm not, its just that Jojo Moyes is my flavour of the month at the moment and looks to be taking top spot for some time
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

I am not a stranger to what it means to live by making ends meet, to just have enough before the next payday comes and sometimes, just sometimes, I feel bad that I couldn’t get the ones I love more than what they need. But to a single mom like Jessica or Jess, to be rich simply means to be able to stay at home, read books and just be with your family without having to worry about the money all the bloody time which kind of made me feel like a douche because the story made me realize that I AM ri
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Maria
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.7/5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

“You know, you spend your whole life feeling like you don’t quite fit in anywhere. And then you walk into a room one day, whether it’s at university or an office or some kind of club, and you just go, ‘Ah. There they are.’ And suddenly you feel at home.”

― Jojo Moyes, One Plus One


This was a good book. With good characters. A good storyline. And a good romance. But it only got this far. To the adjective "good". This was one of the easy-to-read books you read when you're bored,
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[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
4 stars



I never expected to laugh so much reading this. Even though plotwise it was slow moving it never really felt like it because the humour kept the story going. What I liked most about this was how realistic and normal these people were.

This is more woman's fiction/family type book than romance. Had there been a touch more romance it would have been perfect. Loved all the characters. Great writing. Great humour. Really enjoyed it!

♥Rachel♥
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, favorites
One Plus One was just soooo good! It was a well rounded story with romance, quirky humor, heartache, and sadness all rolled into one gorgeous story!

Jess Thomas has been struggling the last two years since her husband, Marty suffered a bought of depression and moved back with his mother. Financially she barely makes ends meet, even working two jobs. Add to that, her teenage son, Nicky is bullied constantly for being different (apparently goth) by schoolmates. They’ve gone to the authorities and s
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Jennifer
One Plus One is another wonderful standalone novel written by the amazing Jojo Moyes. I adored the characters in this novel...even the K-9 one; they all had their quirks but it works for this particular family. The events that take place in this story are funny, inspiring, as well as heartbreaking, and the message of perseverance is repeated over and over. I found myself quickly engaged in the storyline and invested in every character. I don't want to spoil anything about the story itself, so I' ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
BUMP FOR RELEASE DAY 7/1

Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

First – massive props to the good people over at NetGalley for giving me this ARC. Things could have reached an uncomfortable level of multi-requesting had you turned me down, but you didn’t so . . .



Now, let’s get on with the show.

Jess’ life is not easy. She’s raising not only her 10-year old daughter Tanzie, but also her teenage stepson Nicky. Her husband split two years ago and hasn’t sent a dime to help su
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Norah Una Sumner
“You know, you spend your whole life feeling like you don’t quite fit in anywhere. And then you walk into a room one day, whether it’s at university or an office or some kind of club, and you just go, ‘Ah. There they are.’ And suddenly you feel at home.”

Aw, I really enjoyed reading this book! I don't know what exactly did I expect but it kind of surprised me - the characters were very interesting and the whole story was quite perky at times but still serious. The storyline is not that compli
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Dem
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A little of what you fancy does you good" and this is exactly what I felt while reading One Plus One by JoJo Moyes.

The story is is basically an unconventional romance story and I don't normally do romance or chick lit novels but I think JoJo Moyes manages to bring a series edge to to her plots and her books are far more thought provoking than most romance novels. Having read and really enjoyed Me Before You Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I thought it was time for another novel by JoJo and I choose One Plus One in audio fo
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Debbie
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Plus One was pure Hallmark--or was it Disney?--with several fucks thrown in to try to pretend it was hip instead of drip. One Plus One equals 2 boring.

When I was reading this, I wanted to smoke a cigarette and drink, neither of which I do. The book is just so mundane, someone needs to rebel, spice things up, and it might as well be me.

Don't get me wrong. This book is fine. The plot is fine. The dialog is fine. Everything is fine. But fine only goes so far. Can something be too heartwarming?
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Rachel Maniacup
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: Aj the Ravenous Reader
This novel for me is like,reading the Attachments all over again because it did give me the same,exact reaction after reading this.Yeah,you'd think it was slow and boring but I guess real good novels starts like this in the first few chapters..don't you think so?

So anyway,this is a story of an unusual,bizarre family where in Jessica"JESS"Rae Thomas,an amazing woman and a single parent and also the head of the family,because her husband left her two years ago leaving their two children to her(one
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Jeanne
***** 5 YOLO stars *****

This is only my second book by Jojo Moyes, and she managed again to pull on all of my heartstrings. I adored the characters in this book, including the big slobbery dog. The book is told through 4 different perspectives,

Jess- Single mom trying to raise her ten year old daughter and teen stepson while working two low paying jobs to make ends meet.

Ed High tech business man who has recently landed himself in self induced legal hot water.

Tanzie Ten year old math prodigy.

Nick
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Christine
I was so disappointed! I like JoJo Moyes! It was hard to believe this book was written by her! It's very predictable and quite unbelieveable. It's not even funny in the parts I'm guessing it's suppose to be...Sorry, I put it down in the middle, it wasn't worth finishing.
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Después de varias lecturas algo "Flojitas" leer uno más uno ha sido increíble...Con decir que me lo terminado de leer en dos días,lo digo todo.
Una historia con problemas reales,personajes increíbles y que cada uno tiene algo que aportar.
Es fácil de leer,cada personaje cuenta uns parte de la historia desde su punto de vista y eso me ha gustado.
Te ríes,te emocionas,te cabreas,tiene de todo esta historia.
Así que poco más de que decir,me ha encantado
Carmen de la Rosa
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En este libro la autora nos presenta la vida de Jess Thomas, la matriarca de una pequeña familia, en la que ella juega el rol de los ambos padres, una mujer que siempre trata de ver positivo ante todas las situaciones y que siempre piensa en como darles lo mejor a sus dos hijos. Su hija Tanzie, es una niña muy tierna, inocente y una genio de las matemáticas. Por otro lado tenemos a Nicky, su hermanastro, un chico taciturno que se la pasa jugando vídeo juegos en su habitación, que casi nunca sonr ...more
Sara Kamjou
اول از همه بگم که بعد از مدتها کتاب جذابی خوندم که میتونم به بقیه توصیهش کنم و از این بابت خوشحالم!
داستان به صورت موازی از دیدگاه افراد مختلفی روایت میشه که باعث میشه بتونیم چند جانبه به داستان نگاه کنیم و شخصا از این سبک خوشم میاد، گرچه خوب درآوردنش کار راحتی نیست اما مویز به خوبی از پسش براومده بود.
جس، در نگاه اول یه زن خدمتکار، تنزی، دختربچهای باهوش، نیکی، نوجوونی سرکش و اد، مردی از خود راضیه که در ادامه با هر کدوم از شخصیتها بیشتر و بیشتر آشنا میشیم و شناختمون تغییر میکنه.
شخصیتپردازی کتاب فو
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Margitte
Popular romance, in whatever media it may come, is often an expression of a frivolous or silly social mythology, and a value judgement on the social mythology is likely to be more relevant to criticism than a value judgment on the literary merit - Northrop Frye, The Secular Scripture

Or as as the novelist George Elliot in the Westminster Review essay "Silly Novels by Lady Novelists (1856)" so daintily described it as 'a genus with many species', including the "frothy," "prosy", "pious," and "peda
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Jenna
3.5 Stars

I am such a fan of “Me Before You” that I naturally started this book with pretty high expectations. So the question is, ‘Did this book live up to my expectations?’ I have struggled with this question not only while I was reading but for some time after I finished this book.

Up until around the 15% mark of this book, I kind of had trouble following the story. It seemed to jump around to different character’s POV before I could grasp an understanding of what was going on. This became a bi
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Jennifer Masterson
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book. I'd give it 10 stars if I could! JoJo Moyes' book, "Me Before You", is one of my favorite novels. I read a couple of her other books and didn't like them. I didn't expect much from this book just assuming "Me Before You" was a fluke. Boy was I wrong! It's a lighter read then "Me Before You" but it is wonderful in its own right. This was such a great story with wonderful characters. I laughed and I cried and I didn't want to put it down.
Patrice Hoffman
One Plus One is the latest fun, romantic story by Jojo Moyes. For those unfamiliar with her insanely popular Me Before You, please remove yourself from the rock in which you are living under. Now, please!

One Plus One follows the romance novel schtick where opposites attract. That's no secret. It's expected and hoped for. It's why women like me swoon over romance novels. We all think that our Knight in shining armour is out there, even if we aren't looking for them. Jess isn't looking for any kni
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Carol
3.5 Stars

ONE PLUS ONE started off a little far-fetched for me with Ed, a well-to-do and supposedly bright software geek, giving away (view spoiler) just to be rid of a bimbo he regrettably hooked up with; and likewise, Jess is just as bad deciding to drive to Scotland in a junk heap limo without knowing directions or quite how to drive for that matter.....BUT, as I read along, I found myself laughing at all the crazy mishaps that occurred on the trip and lovin

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Marisa Sauco
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Decir que esta novela es maravillosa es quedarme corta. Más que una historia de amor entre dos personas, es una historia de amor entre cuatro personas tan diferentes entre sí, que terminan por elegirse, por necesitarse y por amarse; y que establecen un vínculo sólido y profundo.

Se nota que cada personaje fue pensado y creado con mucha inteligencia y mucho amor por parte de su autora. Es perfecta la evolución de cada uno de ellos a lo largo de la historia, en forma individual y en las relaciones
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Shannon (leaninglights)
Very cute book! More depth and whimsy then I was expecting :) if you like Little Miss Sunshine, I would check this out.
Aditi
“Heartbreak was a luxury too costly for the single parent.”
----Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes, an international best-selling British author, have spun yet another heart-touching tale about a single parent and her priorities in her life, in her latest book, One Plus One. They say, it's hard for a single parent to stay strong and take care of her kids, but Jojo Moyes gives a whole new definition on being a single parent in a hard life.

Synopsis:

One single mum.
With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas do
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Purple Country Girl (Sandy)

One Plus One is the second book I’ve read by JoJo Moyes. The first was Me Before You which I devoured in about 2 days and ended up blubbering like a baby. That book stayed with me for several months. One Plus One did not pull me in immediately like Me Before You did. It took a few false starts and a few chapters before I finally settled in and became absorbed in the story. It’s a light story that is entertaining and rather moving in places, but not heavy like Me Before You.

As the book opens, Ed
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Thyago | MrsMargotBlog
A Jojo Moyes está seriamente a tornar-se numa das minhas autoras preferidas e foram 5 estrelas muito fáceis de dar, este livro tem todos os ingredientes que aprecio numa história.
Ao ler este livro andei numa verdadeira montanha russa de emoções, eu ri, eu chorei, eu senti raiva, ódio e sorri muito de orelha a orelha.
A autora trouxe-me para mim uma protagonista perfeita, acho que todos nós somos capazes de conhecer uma mulher como Jess, mãe solteira e guerreira, que se mata a trabalhar para suste
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LeeAnne
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit

One Plus One
by Jojo Moyes


Three and 1/2 Stars

This is a cute, light, enjoyable read. It does NOT come anywhere close to packing the same punch as Me Before You which has to be one of the most unique, creative and insightful books I've ever read.



I do recommend this book, but be warned, it is filled to the brim with every other rom-com cliche you can think of:

* Two people from opposite worlds with nothing in common get stuck in a cramped car on a harrowing road trip.
* He is wealthy but an unlike
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Wilma
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Struggle for life...Jess (arm) en Ed(rijk) wiens levens elkaar kruisen, weten beide vanuit een uitzichtloze situatie hun leven weer op te pakken en inhoud te geven. Heerlijke feel good roman... Jess die moet 'handelen' met een nare ex, de zorg voor twee pubers, financieel de eindjes aan elkaar knopend versus Ed die het zakelijk goed gaat, een niet zo slimme, zakelijke fout begaat...samen de road trip maken met twee pubers en een enorme hond op de achterbank...ik heb genoten!!
Jonetta
quick summary
Jess Thomas is a 27-year old single mother raising two children; Tanzie, a 10-year old math prodigy and Nick, her teenaged stepson (Dad's moved on). Tanzie has an opportunity to attend a special school but money is an object. Ed Nicholls is a wealthy tech whiz who's in big trouble, facing possible insider trading charges for inadvertently trying to help out a friend. Jess and Ed's paths cross as he tries to help her get Tanzie to a big math contest with a monetary award to the winne
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Julie James
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author, and I enjoyed it. A little predictable, but sometimes a little predictability isn't a bad thing.
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Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

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“You know, you spend your whole life feeling like you don’t quite fit in anywhere. And then you walk into a room one day, whether it’s at university or an office or some kind of club, and you just go, ‘Ah. There they are.’ And suddenly you feel at home.” 128 likes
“Real friends were the kind where you pick up where you’d left off, whether it be a week since you’d seen each other or two years.” 118 likes
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