Thursday, 3 December 2015

One by Sarah Crossan


Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.

But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.

How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?

"Here we are.And we are living. Isn't that amazing? How we manage to be at all."The back of the book has that quote scribbled in huge letters. That's all. No praise of the author., no back story . The quote is deeply layered., a brilliant musing on life. It goaded me to read read the book. 
This is a story of two sisters, co-joined twins under constant medical and psychological care. The sisters,16-year old  Grace and Tippi, talk ,joke and feel much like other teenagers. 
But they attract unkind remarks, notes stuck to their school locker saying things like, "Why don't you go back  to the zoo?" They also  regularly get filmed when on public transport and field agonising personal questions. 
Their support system isn't strong either - their mum loses her job and their unemployed Dad is an alcoholic.

The twins,begrudgingly ,decide to sell their story and find a compassionate British producer. 
One will make you laugh and cry.
Written in free verse,this is an admirable tale of two sisters and an outlook on life that you will grow to love.


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