Here I am with another Sarah Crossan review! If you missed it, I reviewed Apple and Rain last week and loved it. Within twenty minutes of finishing that review, I picked up One and read the first 200 pages in one go.
I think I like this one slightly more than Apple and Rain. There are a couple of reasons why. Firstly, I love how Sarah Crossan writes poetry. It’s so simple yet filled with so much emotion. While I love the addition of poetry in Apple and Rain, I loved having a whole book in Crossan’s beautiful verse style.
Secondly, of course, the disability rep. I could honestly hug Sarah Crossan for writing disability this beautifully. What I mean by that is the writing is so real and raw. There were lines that hit me so hard—that made me say ‘yes, that’s exactly how I feel’. There’s one particular section towards the end that reminded me so much of my childhood experiences that it had me in tears. I don’t think any book has ever tapped into that memory before. It’s hard trying to talk about this part without ruining it, so I’m really sorry this makes no sense. It was just so real.
I saw a lot of myself in Grace, and I guess part of that is because of her experiences and feelings. I wasn’t so enthralled by Tippi. She’s kind of a bitch, but that’s okay because she is aware of it. I guess I thought she was selfish, and I wanted Grace to stand up to her a bit. I loved their sister, Dragon—she was so well-written. In fact, I loved so many of the characters, even the ones with only very small parts.
I think this is definitely a good book to start with if you’re looking to read more disability or more poetry. As I mentioned, I think the representation is amazing and with physical disabilities so rarely well-written, this deserves a lot more love than it’s getting. So please pick up this beautiful book.