I finished reading One Plus One by Jojo Moyes last night.
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.
I really liked the book Me Before You by this author so I decided to give this one a try. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me.
I loved the idea of the poor single mom working hard make ends meet for her two unique kids--a math genius and a teenage son that's a little different. But I never connected with any of them. If I had to pick one I liked the best, it would be the male lead, Ed. I felt like the portrayal of Jess was maybe too extreme or something. I wanted her to be more likeable.
Also, I think what made Me Before You so great was the heavy topics and it drew you in. This book didn't really have anything like that to keep me hooked. I didn't find myself looking forward to reading more--I just did it because it was there.
I do have the sequel to Me Before You to read too, so we'll see how that goes.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
*FTC Disclosure: I bought this book.