One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
(Pamela Dorman Books, 2014, 384 pages)
Jess has been running on empty for a while now. Her husband left a few years ago because he couldn’t deal with the stress of their lives leaving Jess with their young math genius daughter and his teenage son who seems to attract the neighborhood bullies. When Jess discovers that her daughter has the opportunity to go to a prestigious school based on her math abilities, she needs to come up with some quick cash. Their last hope lays in getting to a Math Olympiad for a chance to compete and win the cash prize.
Ed is a millionaire in the tech industry who is being investigated because of some insider trading claims. He is isolated after being suspended from his own company and is forbidden to talk to any of his friends or coworkers. With lots of time on his hands and a chance encounter with Jess and her struggling family, Ed gets pulled in to help the family get to the Math Olympiad while trying to forget about his own very big problems.
Moyes definitely didn’t disappoint me with another great read from her. Her characters are always so interesting and completely different book to book that I never know what to expect. I also love that she pulls two characters together that are seem to be totally opposite and in extremely different life situations than one another. The plot line reminded me a lot of the movie Little Miss Sunshine but I loved the quirky feel to it and the traveling ensemble, including their giant dog Norman.
You can also check out Julia’s review of this title.