Sunday, March 13, 2016
One, by Sarah Crossan
Written in free verse, the novel (despite its many pages) is a brisk read. That verse isn't particularly stand out, but the subject matter is riveting. It's not really a spoiler to say that it ends in heartbreak (the lives of conjoined twins are rarely happy ones) but Crossan tells their story with dignity and Grace's voice is compelling. The classic gold standard for a novel for me is whether the book is readable, full of interesting and sympathetic characters, and whether I learn something from it (with bonus points for a weepy and life-affirming ending). This novel delivers all of the above.