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ONE PLUS ONE by Jojo Moyes, Review and Giveaway
Jul 4th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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by Jojo Moyes

Review and Giveaway

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From Goodreads:

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before 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 that reads like a modern-day Two for the Road.
 
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.

My 5 star review:

Did you like the quirky characters in ELEANOR and PARK by Rainbow Rowell? If so, you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the characters in ONE PLUS ONE.

Jess is raising her daughter Tanzie and her ex-husband’s son Nicky on her own. She struggles to make ends meet, working two jobs and is barely able to pay her bills. She cleans houses for a living, is a bartender at night, and makes Tanzie’s clothes. Nicky wears makeup and dyes his hair blue/black goth. 
Jess lives day by day, sometimes minute by minute, trying desperately to keep her family together. She has this odd optimism that is contagious. One that keeps her going, despite every reason to feel disillusioned and pissed off at the world that seems to knock her and her kids down. Nicky is bullied and beaten, Tanzie is a genius at math, but even with a 90% scholarship to a top private school that would help her thrive, there is no money for the remaining 10%.

And then Ed comes into Jess’s and the kids’ lives. Ed is awkward and miserable and has many quirky issues of his own. Yet, he’s perfect for this family. He’s perfect for Jess and Jess is perfect for him. But it’s not so easy. He’s had several crappy relationships and plenty of betrayals in his lifetime. He seems to have everything, when Jess doesn’t. But that depends on how you define wealth. These two work. Except . . . 
Well . . . you’ll have to read what happens.

Like other novels by Jojo Moyes, ONE PLUS ONE addresses issues of “class” and money, people who have money and people who do not. Money—its importance, what it can buy and not buy, how it separates us, what happens when it’s lost, how true love trumps money—is definitely a central theme of Jojo’s novels, including SILVER BAY, ME BEFORE YOU, THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER and THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND. I highly recommend them ALL!

ONE PLUS ONE adds up to PERFECTION. Here’s eleven reasons to read it:
1. Hope. When everything seems like nothing is going right, there are glimmers of hope and moments of incredible optimism and goodwill. This is a novel that renews the human spirit.
2. The portrait of a family. This is an unconventional family, but a family nonetheless. 
3. Love can be shown in many different ways.
4. Some people deserve second chances. Some do not. Not everything is always fair, but in the end, we can only hope things work out. Giving up is never the answer if something is truly important.
5. Sometimes parents are just lousy parents. Accepting it isn’t always so easy, but when you do, there can be peace.
6. Life is messy and complicated and people make mistakes. Own them.
7. It may seem like you don’t fit in ANYWHERE, but this world is made up of many, many, many different people. Eventually, you’ll find your tribe – people who think like you.
8. Being different/unique is GOOD!
9. Money is important, but it can’t buy love or happiness. (Duh.)
10. We might need to stand up for ourselves, but it’s even better when we stand up and help someone else.
11. ONE PLUS ONE isn’t a novel you’ll forget easily. It’ll stick with you a long, long time. Perhaps you’ll have a moment in your own life that challenges you, then you’ll think about these characters and find strength to work it through with the same optimism and strength Jess was able to muster. If so, a person will know that as long as there is life, there is hope of a better day, a chance at making amends, a chance for love, friendships and family. Whatever it might be, I think anyone with even a drop of optimism will find some great gems to hold onto from this novel!

Thank you so much to Pamela Dorman Books for a review copy of this novel.thumb.php

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Flashback Friday: UNBREAK MY HEART by Melissa Walker
Jul 4th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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Flashback Friday: UNBREAK MY HEART

by Melissa Walker

Publish Date: May 22, 2012 by

Publisher: Bloomsbury

232 pages

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From Goodreads: 13060734

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. 

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. 

Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.

My review posted June, 2012

Definitely recommend for those YA romance readers out there!
Absolutely loved Melissa Walker’s poignant bittersweet romanceUnbreak My Heart

SPOILER: (READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION)

[It’s about a smart girl named Clementine who falls in love with her best friend Amanda’ s boyfriend Ethan. Ethan and Clem have a lot more in common than Amanda and Ethan, and it’s pretty obvious that these two would be much better off together. I don’t want to spoil what happens between Clem and Ethan—you have to read the novel yourself—but I will say that the way Melissa portrays it, is dead on. Why is it that the girl is always blamed for these things and the guys get off pretty much scot-free? And why is it that a girl’s self-esteem ends up in tatters?
I must say, I love Clem’s parents. They’re just good people. The novel takes place over a summer. Clem’s family sails down the Illinois River meeting wonderful people along the way. Clem is still reeling from what happened with Ethan. Plagued by guilt, she holds herself to such high standards, that she can’t forgive herself for destroying her friendship with Amanda.

Author Melissa Walker

Author Melissa Walker


Along comes James who is sailing the same route with his father. James has his own heartbreak, but he deals with it differently than Clem. They change each other’s summer, giving new perspective to what it means to truly care about another person. (hide spoiler)]

END OF SPOILER!

This novel is chocked full of some powerful messages. One that may not be obvious is that friends need to communicate better and not make assumptions, especially when it comes to boys. If Ethan had been my son, I would have been on his case so fast and demand he “man up” and take responsibility for his actions. Guys – listen up. If you like someone more than the girl you’re with, break up with her! It’s not okay to treat another person this way!

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