Summary:Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it's normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. Each of the sixteen-year-old girls has her own head, heart, and two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.
But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.
I’ve read three of Sarah Crossan’s books so far, and this is, by far, the best book I’ve read of hers. It’s a short and simple story, but it packs a surprising emotional punch and reminds you about the power of sisterhood.
One revolves around a set of 16-year-old conjoined twins named Grace and Tippi who are about to begin attending school for the first time in their lives.
Adjusting to the ladder of popularity, navigating the world of boys, and finishing your homework on time is a struggle for every teen, but it’s hard to even begin to imagine what it must have been like for Grace and Tippi. With every whisper and every stare they get from a fellow student, you can’t help but feel Grace and Tippi’s anger and helplessness.
Yet, the two girls stay strong. Never once do they retort something negative back to a whispering passerby, and it’s hard to not be inspired by their silent strength and refusal to let their physical weakness stop them from being who they want to be.
Grace and Tippi’s bond is written in such a honest and wonderful way. Despite not being a conjoined twin, you’re still able to feel Grace and Tippi’s love for each other. They may bicker and fight sometimes (don’t all siblings?), but they truly love each other and can’t imagine life separate from each other.
One is written in exquisite freeverse. Despite not being much of a poetry fan, Crossan’s beautiful writing hooked me until the very end.
The story may be predictable, but it’s the journey that counts. It’s emotional, beautifully written, and not to be missed. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a conjoined twin, the beautiful, the ugly, and everything inbetween, look no further.