ARC Review: One by Sarah Crossan

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Genre: YA Poetry, Realistic, Contemporary

ISBN: 0062118757
Expected Publication: September 15th 2015 by Greenwillow Books
Series: none
Length: 400 pages
Source: eARC from publisher via Edelweiss

Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

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– Review: Every Day (Every Day #1) by David Levithan

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Genre: YA Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy

ISBN: 0307931889
Published: August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series: #1 (Every Day)
Length: 322 pages
Source: ebook, borrowed via Overdrive

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

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What really set this book off for me was that I have never read anything like it. Every day, just switching bodies but keeping the same mind is such an unique idea for A, the main character.

What I loved about this novel was the wonderful portrayal of different lives, all simultaneous but different. A gets to see all these different sides and secrets of all these people he “accesses” every day, such as homosexuality, depression, relationships, et cetera, and it is so beautiful. 

Despite the wonderful themes of the novel, I did not like Rhiannon. Rhiannon is the girl that A is desperately, and I mean I’m-following-you-to-your-school-every-day-and-basicallly-stalking-you-desperately, in love with, on the borderline of absolutely psychotic. Yes, I get that she’s special and she understands A, but she did not sit well with me. I also understand that Rhiannon and “true love” was definitely the way to actually set off the plot, but I did not think Rhiannon was worth A’s time. But that’s just me.

Regardless, I still loved the themes and the portrayal of different lives that everyone lives. It really personifies that saying, “Spend a day in my shoes, and you’ll understand.” Or something like that. The novel really makes you think: treat people right, because you don’t know what they’re going through.

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