Here is my no-spoiler review of One? by Jennifer L Cahill. ( 4/5 Stars)
One? Follows the story of a group of 20 something-year-olds living in the City of London, Penelope is an investment broker who spends way too much of her time working, she’s convinced she’ll never find the ‘one’ because she doesn’t have the time. She and her longtime friend Charlie have decided to move in together to save money on the rent. Charlie is a music artist trying to make it big in the city, and with Penelope’s work hour’s they pass each other briefly. After finding the perfect place to stay, they end up house sharing with a young Zara who has just moved to the big city to start a new job. She doesn’t quite know what to think of her two new roommates yet and she is still trying to adapt to her new life which is proving to be easier said than done. Zara misses her friends and family who are all so proud of her for moving to the big city, she is scared of letting them down and didn’t realise how hard it would be leaving her life behind.
One is set in 2005, written in the third person, One tells the story of each of the characters, I’ll admit the flipping from character to character was offputting sometimes, especially when it was a brief encounter of one character before splitting to another. But if you can see past that you will have less trouble reading it. Zara and Penelope take the main centre stage as we find out more about them, they both don’t seem to think too much of each other at first but they have a lot more in common than they think. They are both very headstrong and determined characters and I hope that they can form an even closer bond in the sequel. I could relate to some of their frustrations in my life.
I struggled to get into the story in the beginning but I pushed past this and did, in the end, enjoy this book. I felt like a lot of the ‘drama’ in the book happens towards to end and I was not ready for the turn of event’s that unfolded. I was mildly disappointed that we didn’t hear more from Gerry (Gerard) the person who moved in with them, I was excited to hear more about him but hopefully, the sequel will include more of him as his character intrigues me. I am looking forward to Two? after that cliffhanger ending, which really caught me off guard, I was not expecting that at all, and I felt slightly saddened that the book was over but hopefully we can expect the sequel soon!
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