One by Sarah Crossan

Graonece and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.

And their lives are about to change.

No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?

But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined.

From Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate?


Jack – Year 8 – Causeway School

22nd November 2016 at 1:32 pm

One. One amazing and heartwarming story. I could not put it down. One tells the story of two girls who are conjoined twins, Grace and Tippi. It tells the struggles of living as conjoined twins. It is a beautiful well written novel , and i love the poem- like structure of it. It truly can make anyone cry. I would recommend it to everyone.

Amelie – Year 9 – Roedean School

22nd November 2016 at 1:32 pm

Out of all the books shortlisted for the award, I think I enjoyed this one less than most of the others. The idea I think is really unusual, which was something I loved as the subject of conjoined twins is not often brought up within any form of media, partly because it’s so rare, partly because I think some people find it hard to talk about. It’s a great thing that it has been brought to light within a novel.

The whole layout of the narrative is really clever and another part of the book I really liked because it felt like you were in Grace’s head and I just loved the fact that it felt like what she was feeling was real. Yet the one fault I have with this book is that the storyline was so predictable. I knew what was going to happen, however tragic it was. Maybe this is a case of me being an avid reader who notices writing patterns, but I just expected something more unique because of the concept being so scarcely talked about. Nevertheless, it was a good read, and I definitely feel I have learnt more about the complications people living like this face. Rate:7.5/10

Maia – Year 9 – Roedean School

22nd November 2016 at 1:32 pm

This was an amazing book. It tells the tale of two conjoined twins and their battle for life. The two sixteen year olds, Grace and Tippi, are forever attached and the story shows the struggles of everyday activities. The tale sheds light on the very real life of some twins and is truly a page turner. I read this book in one sitting and can honestly say that I loved every second.

Tabitha – Year 9 – Roedean School

22nd November 2016 at 1:32 pm

One is a moving book about a pair of conjoined twins aged 16 named Tippi and Grace. It is about their ongoing battle to live and the difficulties they face every day. Although this book was written in an unusual format, I found it fitted the story well and made the book even more enjoyable to read. One was an emotional, heart-warming and gripping tale and I loved every minute of it.
Rating: 8/10

Islay – Year 9 – Roedean School

22nd November 2016 at 1:32 pm

This book reveals in an interesting format just how someone born as a conjoined twin has to live with the knowledge that they can never be alone and they can never ‘conform’ to society’s definition of ‘normal’. It follows two conjoined twins, Grace and Tippi, going to a normal school for the first time and how they make friends and cope with the whispers until something goes horribly wrong….

This is a very emotional book that illustrates well the way people who are born different can live their lives normally and how as a person they are no different to you or me except they have had different experience on growing up and living. I love this book and the twist at the end really made me cry. The format is a prose poem making it effective and slightly less challenging but I feel it could talk more about what it was like for them during lessons and if the teachers helped them because of their appearance and treated them with more care than other students.

Michael – Year 11 – The Causeway School

22nd November 2016 at 1:32 pm

I really enjoyed reading One; it was impossible to put down. I found the style of the text interesting and both the characters Tippi and Grace were really easy to get into. Also, the story was very well thought out. I would definitely recommend.

Tabby – Year 9 – Benenden

22nd November 2016 at 1:31 pm

One is a very interesting and moving book about conjoined twins Tippi and Grace.

The book is from Grace, ‘the quitter of the twins’, point of view. It explores what it is like to be a conjoined twin and moving into a new school when you are so different to everyone else there.

This book is written in a strange structure which makes it easy to read and helps emphasise things very effectively.

Mallory – Year 9 – Benenden

22nd November 2016 at 1:31 pm

Crossan speaks to the young adult audience through writing from the point of view of a normal teenage girl. Only one thing to note, she is one of a pair of conjoined twins, Grace and Tippi. Despite facing difficulties daily that anyone else wouldn’t be able to empathise with whatsoever, the pair want to lead normal lives. Crossan uses an otherwise never-touched media to emphasise what it would be like as a conjoined twin, she writes only in the left-hand column, as Grace is the left-hand twin. This particular style of writing is extremely effective and has more of a psychological effect on the readers than anything else. A generic suggestion would be to add another point of view or someone else’s opinion but Crossan’s lack of this is reasonable. Despite the storyline being predictable, I read it within a day and enjoyed it very much.

Freddie – Year 9 – Brighton College

22nd November 2016 at 1:30 pm

‘It is a perfect book if you enjoy reading teen fiction.’

I really enjoyed this book as it showed what it is like living your life with a conjoined twin. It is narrated by Grace throughout the story, who is one of the main characters in the book. It is an extremely easy read so it just makes you want to read on. It is also very relatable as they are teenagers and it shows how many daily problems a person can have. I really liked the characters as I connected with them, understood them and I was empathetic towards them. It was one of the best books I have read in a long time.

Molly – Ratton School

22nd November 2016 at 1:30 pm

One is a book about two girls called Grace and Tippi who are conjoined twins. They have to go to school and try to live normal lives. But when their mum loses her job and their dad still hasn’t got one they come close to losing their home and having to move. They decide to go on T.V to get money. However near the end Grace has heart failure and has to get a new one. But they have to be separated and could die.

I would recommend this book to people who are 13 years or older.

I would rate this book 5/5 stars

Maisie R – Davison High School

22nd November 2016 at 1:30 pm

I loved the book one, as a twin myself there was some parts that I really related to and it made me think about it. not just the physical part of being a conjoined twin but the mental part; bullying, school and social life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it extremely engaging.

Stephanie – Davison High School

22nd November 2016 at 1:30 pm

The book ‘One’ has quite a hard-hitting storyline with many twists. At some points it made me cry with happiness and at others with sadness as I empathised with the characters and felt like I was there with them.

It is very well written with a wonderful structure and I really enjoyed reading it. I would happily read it over and over. I would like to know if there will be a sequel and whether it is written from experience or if a lot of research was involved.

Maisie B – Davison High School

22nd November 2016 at 1:30 pm

I found the book One very enticing, it drew me in right from the start and the way it was written was different and interesting.

Willow – Davison High School

22nd November 2016 at 1:30 pm

I thought that the book One was very original and unique. You don’t usually hear about conjoined twins a lot, and I have never read a book which describes the life of them. I thought that the actual layout of the book was very clever. A certain amount of information was held back from the reader due to the poem format; this kept me gripped to each chapter. Also, I liked how the author described everyday life for Grace and Tippi (Eg: alcohol use, HIV and financial issues) which made it more relatable. Overall, I thought that this book was passionate, heart felt and very emotional. I really hope that the organisers of the SSBA manage to persuade Sarah Crossan, as her book was so good!

Millie – Davison High School

22nd November 2016 at 1:30 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book ‘One’. From the moment I started it, I was hooked. It brings both happiness and sadness but thankfully, by the end of the book I had the feeling that everything would work out for Grace even without her sister beside her. I would highly recommend this book and I loved reading it.

Eve – Davison High School

22nd November 2016 at 1:30 pm

I really loved the book one, the characters were so extra ordinary yet i felt i could relate with them easily. I also thought it was an easy read meaning it didn’t drag on and i wanted to find out what happened in the end. Further more the ending surprised me and you know a book is really good when you feel empathy for the character.

Jude – Year 9 – Brighton College

22nd November 2016 at 1:29 pm

An emotional read to make you think.

‘One’ is a great book that explores the lives of two conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. It shows them going to school for the first time, and the daily trials they face including health problems and prejudice.

Written in the style of poetry, although easily understandable, the style greatly complements the emotional themes, including but not limited to, the exploration of how life can be and how lucky we are to be alive. This book definitely makes you think about your attitude to those who aren’t in your definition of ‘the norm’. It shows how people feel being on the receiving end of prejudice and how ultimately everyone just wants to fit in. The characters are extremely relatable and you catch yourself wondering what you would do conjoined to a brother or sister. You watch them grow and grow fond of them and their friends.

Although this comes broadly under the genre of teen fiction, there has never (to my knowledge) been a book like it, and I would highly recommend this book to all ages. I know my 80 year old grandma enjoyed it just as much as me.

Georgia Band – Year 9 – Robertsbridge Community College

22nd November 2016 at 1:29 pm

This book is very well written and has sad moments in it. I like the way the author has written the book and created the characters. I like the characters’ personalities and emotions. The ending is very sad but it is a very good book.

Amy – Year 9 – Davison CE High School For Girls

22nd November 2016 at 1:29 pm

I think One is an incredible book and I love that the author told it in poetry; it was so different to anything I’d read before, and initially I was concerned about how much I would like it. However I needn’t have worried! The storyline was beautiful. I know that “beautiful” may be an odd adjective to use when describing a plot, but I could think of no more fitting word. The small amounts of pressure they felt and the ending were so tragically beautiful and the bits in between were happier yet still beautiful in their own way. Overall, a wonderful, beautiful book with a superb, innovative way of being written.

Levi – Year 9 – Ratton School

22nd November 2016 at 1:29 pm

One by Sarah Crossan is written from the perspective of Grace, a conjoined twin, and her sister Tippi. Together they start school for the first time after being home-schooled, and due to lack of funds for their intense medical care, they must accept a documentary crew to film their lives. This novel is a touching insight into love and dedication, and has a truly saddening ending.

Overall I think this is a great book for teenagers of age 13 and up, but readers should be prepare for a stirring ending.

Katie – Year 9 – Brighton & Hove High School

22nd November 2016 at 1:29 pm

I liked this book a lot more than I anticipated. Before I read it, I was slightly unsure about the formatting because I prefer reading longer paragraphs with less blank space, but it was surprisingly effective. It was certainly different to the style of anything I’ve read before, but it was pulled off very well.

I really liked the characters, because they all felt so human. While they were in a completely different situation to anything I’ve been in before, I could relate to all of them and that was very powerful. As a reader I felt myself rooting for them and really hoping that the best came to all of them, and I loved watching them grow over time.

There was the right amount of drama and things going wrong, with tensions steadily building throughout the novel, which all lead to a perfect ending. Although it was pretty sad, it was the perfect amount of unexpected and inevitable and I couldn’t have thought of a better way to end it.

Jazzie – Year 9 – Ratton School

22nd November 2016 at 1:28 pm

‘One’ is a fantastic book. I love the layout of the book it is like a bunch of poems. It really makes you try to think of the hidden meaning, which I’m still trying to figure out!

The story is beautiful. At the end, I was so attached to Tippi and Grace, they were together always had been. They never even thought about separating, it was out of the question that they would have to when Graces heart began to fail. If they hadn’t there was no chance for either of them.

But I was brought to tears at he ending.

This is an amazing book and I applaud Sarah Crossan. I love her depth of knowledge of the lives of conjoined twins.

I rate this book 9/10

Khadijah – Year 9 – Ratton School

22nd November 2016 at 1:28 pm

This story is about Grace and Tippi, who are twins. They are conjoined twins. Tippi and Grace have been sneered at by people and they are used to it. They do everything together and feel each other’s emotions. They are inseparable until they were forced to make a decision that could change ONE life forever……

It is a really good book about twins and how difficult it is to be one. It reminded me of my sister, even though we are not twins. The book made me feel like we are and how much I love her.

I rate this book 8/10

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