One Plus One
By Jojo Moyes
Single mom Jess has everything on her shoulders. She’s trying to make life better for her goth stepson, Nicky, and her math geek daughter, Tanzie. She works at a bar and cleans houses, but is barely making it financially. When Tanzie is given the opportunity to attend a private school for advanced students, Jess is heartbroken because she can’t afford it. When she hears about a math Olympics with a cash prize, she takes her ex’s car and decides to drive the kids there. She is quickly pulled over for having an expired license and expired registration. A man she cleans house for, Ed, sees her on the side of the road and offers to drive them to the Olympics. He feels like doing some good in the world after being arrested for insider training. So this wealthy man ends up spending about a week road tripping with a broke young mom, her two odd (in an affectionate way) kids, and their smelly dog.
I loved that these people from such different worlds were kind of thrown together. Every character was so unique and special. Jess is so relatable. She’s a really good person who cares so much about her kids. She wants to do the right thing, but finds it impossible in her circumstances. Ed made a stupid mistake, but we see him grow and change a lot. Nicky thinks he’s a loner in this world, but her learns to find his “tribe.” Tanzie is a sweetheart who finds numbers comforting.
This book was fairly predictable, but that didn’t bother me. I loved reading about these characters. The story moved at a good pace. The author made me care about these characters and their stories. I was rooting for them all the way. An enjoyable story.