'It’s London in the mid-noughties before Facebook, iPhones and ubiquitous wifi, and One? follows the highs and lows of a group of twenty-somethings living in leafy SW4. Zara has just moved to London for her first real job and struggles to find her feet in a big city with no instruction manual. Penelope works night and day in an investment bank with little or no time for love. At 28 she is positively ancient as far as her mother is concerned and the pressure is on for her to settle down as the big 3-0 is looming. Charlie spends night and day with his band who are constantly teetering on the verge of greatness. Richard has relocated to London from his castle in Scotland in search of the one, and Alyx is barely in one place long enough to hold down a relationship let alone think about the future.'
One? is about relationships between different people living in London, relationships and love. Jennifer L Cahill has very much captured what it is like to live in a city like London. The ebb and flow of people and constant hustle and bustle. Especially when Zara loses her job and tries to make the best of the situation. It was very relatable getting to grips with the tube stations and trains! London can often feel like a very large, overly complicated maze.
Zara as a main character, is the most memorable - I could easily read a book just about Zara.
'Zara was still awake in bed upstairs. She had just got warm and comfortable and was ready to nod off, when the inevitable happened...'
I went into One? not knowing a lot about it. The main character of Zara, I actually really enjoyed and clicked with. She was highly likeable and just very realistic. From Zara losing her job to making new friends. Reading ‘One?' almost felt like a diary of some sort. Learning a new pace of life and dealing with ‘adulting’.
'In no time, hangovers, redundancies, and all of those minor irritations in life were long forgotten.'
Overall, if you like a very quick read that will lead you to liking the main character and feeling very relatable then One? is perfect. It would be great for fans of romance and just general books about life and people. One? is a very 'people' based book. About friendships and relationships. I would defiantly recommend One? it is fun and quick, life-like and had a strong ending.