Monday, September 15, 2014

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Jess is not having an easy time of it. Her husband left her with his bullied teenage son Nicky and their precocious math prodigy daughter Tanzie. Tanzie has a chance to attend a prestigious private school, if only Jess had the funds for tuition. As they are already living hand to mouth, the chances are small, until they find out about a math championship with a prize that could bridge the gap between a scholarship and tuition. When they set out on a road trip to the competition, the dubious car that has been languishing in the garage breaks down.

Enter Ed, a millionaire software developer under investigation for insider trading. Jess hates everything Ed represents, but can’t turn down his offer to drive them to the competition.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes is a touching and humorous road trip novel. Tanzie is delightfully quirky and is always turning everything into a math problem. Jess and Ed both have preconceived notions about each other that are challenged when they are forced to spend so much time together. This character-driven novel will appeal to readers who like family oriented stories with quirky characters. The story was very reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine and may appeal to fans of the film.

Search the catalog for One Plus One and other novels by Jojo Moyes. For another lighthearted road trip book, try My One and Only by Kristan Higgins.

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