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Here we are. And we are living. Isn't that amazing? How we manage to be at all.

Grace and Tippi don't like being stared and sneered at, but they're used to it. They're conjoined twins - united in blood and bone.

What they want is to be looked at in turn, like the truly are two people. They want real friends. And what about love?

But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for T
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Paperback, 434 pages
Published June 2nd 2016 by Bloomsbury Children's (first published September 15th 2015)
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Jessica (Jess Hearts Books) I'd never read a book written in free verse until One and to be honest was always kind of put off when I found out a book was written this way. After…moreI'd never read a book written in free verse until One and to be honest was always kind of put off when I found out a book was written this way. After reading One I can't imagine it being written any other way. Definitely not harder to read, if anything makes the book more fluid to read.(less)
Maria No, this is like any other story. It just uses free verse, which means its structure looks like a poem, but nothing rhymes.
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Emily May
This is my story.

It is a single story,
not two tales tangled up in each other
like lover’s limbs,
as you might expect.


4 1/2 stars. Wow, what a powerful book. I'm seriously considering bumping my rating up to five stars because of all the emotions I felt whilst reading One. It's sad, moving, honest and insightful. It creates two conjoined twin protagonists who are at once individuals and completely in sync with one another.

This is the second verse novel I have enjoyed by Crossan (the other being T
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Hannah Greendale
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, young-adult
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.




Grace and her sister Tippi are twins whose bodies are conjoined from the waist down. Though everyone around them sees their one body as horrifying, Grace and Tippi love each other and cannot fathom a life apart. Aside from their body, they're just regular teens navigating a new school and exploring the wonders of young love, until they're met with an impossible situation that concerns their health, their li
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Lola
My heart goes out to these two young women.

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins but, to the insensitive and uneducated people, they are monsters who belong in a circus.

They are beautiful, each in their own way, and truly sisters. All they want is to be normal, to feel normal and to be treated normally.

But everywhere they go, they are gawked at. Until they meet Jon and Yasmeen, who welcome them with open arms, whereas the rest of the students prefer to stay far away.

I rarely read novels in vers
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Laura
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
 
We are literally joined
at the hip-
united in blood and bone.

And
this
is why
we never went to school.

Beautifully written verse. Heartbreakingly powerful story. One got to me in such a profound way. It's a very quick read due to it's poetic style - also making it more impactful putting emphasis on certain words or phrases due to the spacing. I've never seen verse used to a book's advantage so well. It elevated the story as well as the emotions the reader feels throughout. And let me te
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Sana
So, like,, I finally finished this book after three months and boy does that feel good. I first read 90 pages and I was so incredibly bored, that I put it down for a month and forgot about it. Then I read like 2 sentences and put it down. Then I picked it up again 2 or 3 weeks ago and finally finished it.

For a book written in poetry format with like, literally, 5 lines each page, IT WAS SO FUCKING LONG. On top of that I just didn't care about Tippi and Grace, oops. Like yes there need to be boo
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Whitney Atkinson
I really enjoyed this! It's written in verse so it goes by quickly, and it's over such an interesting topic that i'd never even thought about reading before. I wish some more details about the conjoined twins were given, like what it's like to struggle to do things in their daily life, but for a hard topic like that, I thought it was done very well. My only complaints about this book are that 1) this book is written in first person and only follows one of the twins, which I thought was strange a ...more
Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I’ve never really thought about
How it would be if
We weren’t together,
How
Losing her would be like lying in a fucking pyre
And waiting for the flames.
She’s not a piece of me.
She’s me entirely
And without her
There would be
A gaping space
In my chest,
An expanding black hole
That nothing
Else could
Fill.”




This was a touching story about Siamese twins, faced with the toughest decision
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C.G. Drews
Okay, so that was emotionally and beautiful. And in verse. VERSE, PEOPLES. I know as much about poetry as I know about the history of guavas (um, that means I know zlich) BUT, I really loved the verse and how it was set out and how different words had impact and gah, even an unedcuated pineapple like I can appreciate this. I CAN. Although sometimes I think having it in verse limited the scope of the description -- but it went for a style and it PULLED IT OFF.

Also, emotional. I might've got a bi
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may ➹
So this is one of those cases where “everyone cries but I don’t because I’m heartless”, which happens, surprisingly, a lot???

But I guess I should’ve known this one would be a disappointment when I got it solely to get my 2017 reading challenge done, thinking it would be a quick read, when it turned out to be FOUR HUNDRED PAGES LONG.

I’m not here for this.

One is about two conjoined twins, Grace and Tippi. More than the first 50% of the novel is about them living their lives, and quite frankly, IT’
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Tran Thanh Tu
I'm not crying, you are crying! I just wanna say that every single person (no exception) should read this heart-rending masterpiece, that is all!
may ❀

Crying, crying, crying, can’t make the tears stop!!!

description

Wow! What a book!

One is the story of conjoined twins, Tippi and Grace. The two sisters are different from each other in every way – dreams, hopes, attitudes, but they happen to share a body – joined at the waist. For sixteen years they have shared a life, knowing nothing but the weight of the other next to them, supporting, loving, caring. But after defying incredible odds for sixteen years, a real tragedy is about to befall them.

This story
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Lotte
4.5 stars! Really, really enjoyed this one and actually shed some tears at the end.
Kate (GirlReading)
This was fantastic. As the first book I've ever read written in verse, I wasn't sure what to expect but I enjoyed this so much. Since this was written in verse, I flew through it in just over an hour. One is beautifully written and utterly heartbreaking. I thoroughly enjoyed this (despite my emotions being taken on a total rollercoaster!!!) Highly recommend if you're looking for something unique in both writing style and plot.

I have a full review for this on my blog here... http://girlreading.co
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Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
4.5 stars

This will be a short review because 1) this book is short (read it on the plane in 3 hours) so I don’t want to give anything away and 2) there really isn’t much to say except READ IT NOW

One is probably one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. It’s touching, heartbreaking, raw and honest. It’s about Grace and Tippi, two teenage girls who also happen to be conjoined twins. It’s about their family; the physical, medical as well as the emotional implications it has on everyone arou
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One is a story about conjoined twins, Grace and Tippi, told in the first person narrative and from the sole perspective of Grace. It's about individuality, family bonds and deep sibling love, and depicts the protagonist's unique view about her life, her thoughts and the people who surround her. Grace totally shines as the heroine and gave me understanding through her perspective, making me feel so much. Interestingly, and a factor that compelled me to read One by Sarah Cross
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Stacey (prettybooks)
Apple and Rain , my first novel by Sarah Crossan, last year. It was then that I discovered she had a knack for beautiful contemporary writing. I was particularly excited about reading One, although I wasn't prepared for how amazing it actually was. I may have been a little apprehensive had I known that it was written in free verse, but it would have been a tragedy if I decided not to read it. Although One is written as a collection of short poems, you can read it either as poetry or as a standa ...more
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
I don't really know if I can rate this book, because it just transcended the star rating system. I seriously think that everyone should read this, regardless of its rating, because it was very well written and the subject matter is eye opening.
I may have felt slightly more emotionally wrought by this book because I'm a twin myself, and I love to see how an author will write about the bond between twins...and I'm always up for some twin fiction.
I highly recommend reading 'One' if you want somet
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Hafsa
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book was an emotional rollercoaster ride through and through. I enjoyed every second of my reading experience. It's written in free verse, thus, I was sceptical going in as I've never read a book written in free verse, however, the premise of it (story of conjoined twins) made me curious enough to pick it up.

I loved how Crossan didn't focus on the twins only but their relationship with everyone in th
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Sarah Churchill
One of the most emotionally charged novels I've ever read, all the more remarkable for what it achieves in so little words. I've never read a novel written in verse before, and I love that some of the chapters/poems work as standalones with just as much impact - and a different context - as they do as part of the story.

The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I felt like I didn't know these girl ENOUGH to get the full impact of the ending, though that's probably a good thing for my
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.com

Wow. This was a really good story about conjoined twins Grace and Tippi, and it was sad. Before I start I want to add an excerpt from the book that I thought was funny and Tippi is the one with the snarky attitude :)

A guy with a gray beard and
a teardrop tattoo below his eye
emerges from a bathroom door
in the corner of the kitchen.


"Fuck me," he says,
dropping a cigarette onto the tiled floor
and grinding it down into tobacco dust
with the heel of his boot.
"
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Childrens for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review!
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins and throughout this novel we follow them as they go to school for the very first time and while they have to face some really tough decisions that could impact their lives forever. When I first heard what this novel was about, I knew I needed to read it. I'm so passionate about having characters with disabilities and medical conditions in YA
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no
It's all about expectations. The more you expect a book to be good, the likelier it is to disappoint - because then you start looking for flaws you wouldn't otherwise.

The problem with this book is it's simplicity. It's written in verse which I'm not a huge fan of, the characters are nothing but stereotypes, and there's close to no plot. I guess the ending is supposed to gather sympathy points, but to me this entire book feels like a rip-off of My Sister's Keeper.
We climb into bed
still wearing o
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Shannon (leaninglights)
Actual rating 4.5 stars

Wow. I didn't know what to expect going into this book. It is a rapid-fire journey of conjoined twins, Grace and Tippi. Told in verse and right to the point, I found the honesty and pureness of the story refreshing and brave. I highly recommend this one!
Sarah
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2016, ebook, ya
A really beautiful book. In my opinion, I feel like I can tell when a book has been written with heart and love and this book certainly gave me the impression that it was written with a lot of heart. This book really tugs at your heartstrings because you really feel for Grace and Tippi. I feel like Sarah Crossan really stepped into her character as much as possible because everything was really fleshed out. The story was good, the characters were good and the writing was also good.

I liked how t
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Shaikha
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful, beautiful book! ❤
Poetically heart-wrenching.

Grace and Tippi have two heads, four arms but are joined at the hip. Home-schooled and under constant medical and psychological care, this support is threatened when their mother loses her job and already unemployed Dad can't stay off the booze. The only way open to the family is for the twins to sell their story, something they are loath to do. Luckily for them they find an unusually compassionate British television producer.
At their
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Louise O'Neill
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike anything I've read before but deeply moving and affecting. A stunning book.
Rebecca
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

In a nutshell: An interesting and heart-wrenching story of conjoined twins, told in free-verse.

This is my first contemporary/realistic novel by Sarah Crossan - I've only previously read the first book in her dystopian duology, Breathe. What appealed to me specifically about One was the conjoined twins aspect, which I've never read about before. Honestly I know very little about them and since reading One, I've been inspired to think and read about it more. Ultimately I liked
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Mariah
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book when traveling because I ran out of things to read.

This book was written beautifully in poetic form. It was an extremely fast read, but still left you heart broken and wanting to know more.

"Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine
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Maggie Chen
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Leila
I was so incredibly moved by this, for me, such a special book. It is classed as YA but adults will also find it well worthwhile reading. It is about conjoined twins joined literally at the hips. Although fiction the author has based her writing on documented information re many true cases of conjoined twins. It is written in the first person by Grace, one of the twins in the form of free verse. I thought at first this might put me off but I quickly grew absorbed into the lives of the girls thr ...more
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Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.

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“Here we are. And we are living. Isn't it amazing? How we manage to be at all.” 21 likes
“Normal is the Holy Grail
and only those without it
know its value.”
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