‘One’ by Sarah Crossan [Book Review]

Lately I’ve been exceedingly good at restricting my book hauling, but today I had four novels land on my doorstep. One of those books was One by Sarah Crossan. It had been on my radar for a while, but seeing the author at YALC 2016 finally persuaded me to buy the book and delve into her writing. It was the best decision I’ve made all week. Even better, it inadvertently counted for one of the 2016 Reading Challenge categories.

Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Released: 2015
Pages: 434
Category: #31 A book of poetry
Rating: 8/10

“I never knew that normal people
could fly.”

One tells the story of conjoined twins, Grace and Tippi. Having spent their whole lives effectively hidden from society, financial issues finally force the sisters to attend regular school for the first time in their lives.

The book is told in verse, which makes for a beautiful story of love and friendship. Further themes explored include drug abuse, family drama and of course, the stigma attached to those with certain medical conditions.

The characters are fabulously well developed: each had their own issues and redeeming qualities, which makes them feel much more real. The story is in equal parts heartbreaking and uplifting: to put it simply, this is a beautiful story.


I adored this book. I didn’t know it was poetry until I turned the first page and that made it all the more beautiful to me. As a story it is told through short poems which all contribute to the wider tale: this is ideal because it allows readers to go back and read their favourite sections. I devoured the whole thing two sittings (it would’ve been one – ironically – but dinner disrupted my fabulous reading session) and loved it, and I am absolutely going to delve into Sarah Crossan’s back catalogue!

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