I should be writing an essay so instead I have totally reorganised my life and in the process I have rediscovered a whole host of books I have recently read and brand new books waiting to be read. There is nothing I love more.
My most recent read has been One by Sarah Crossan. I fell in love with this book, I read the first few chapters just standing in the book shop and finished the rest burning the midnight oil that night.
It is a beautifully written book about the lives of conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. To me the book is written in the style of a poetry book with each segment being quite short and staggered with its own title. I think this really upped the pace of my reading as at the end of each page you were left with this almost breathless feeling wanting to know what happens next.
The feeling of claustrophobia that must come with being permanently attached to your sister, the feeling of never having privacy, the lack of autonomy over your own body is conveyed so well throughout the book however it is well balanced by the beautiful relationship that is apparent between the sisters and the self sacrificing love they have for each other and for their family. I was left feeling that I should call my sister and in ways jealous that I don’t know more about the details of her day to day life.
It is a read probably aimed at the young adult market (the girls are teenagers – so it deals with crushes and fostering independence etc) but I would happily recommend it to anyone in fact I am going to try and persuade my book club to read it. I’m not going to make my usual slip up and give away the ending so I really can’t say anymore except read it yourself I’d love to have inspired someone else to read it!