“It’s all going to be okay. And even if it’s not okay, it really is.”
Like a hangnail, I have little tolerance for novels written in verse. They just don’t feel right so I usually avoid them like social events. I didn’t know One was written in verse when I bought it and I almost gave up on the book as soon as I opened it seeing how it’s written but it’s as if there’s a magnetic string that pulled me to it because I tried to read the first page and in no time, realized I was already done. That’s how compelling this book is and the writing style only added a lyrical feel to the entire story.
I have never ever given a single thought to conjoined twins and have almost classified their existence to fiction until this book. That probably says how too self-absorbed I could get sometimes and yes, I am very ashamed of it. Thanks (yes, with a hint of a little annoyance), book!
I thank this book for stirring in me an awareness not only of this condition but of my perception of life in general because despite being literally joined at the hip, Grace and Tippicelebrate life as if there is nothing to complain about while others whine about the silliest little thing like over a huge pimple on their forehead.
The twins on the other hand are very accepting, tough, resilient, positive and supportive of each other and they don’t see their condition as a tragedy or as an impediment to live a happy life. Their love for each other is so unconditional that they’re ready to give up their lives for each other or that if given a choice, they would rather be attached to each other forever. Spilled a few damn tears! *sniffs*
There is so much to learn about positivity, patience and real, solid love in this book and I would recommend millennials and post-millennials (whom I refer to as zentennials) who complain about their poor wifi signal or the lack of available corner at a Starbucks to read this book. Pretty please do.