‘Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts. The letters in her name (19). The steps she takes every morning to the local café (920); the number of poppy seeds on her slice of orange cake, which dictates the number of bites she’ll take to finish it. Grace counts everything, because numbers hold the world together. And she needs to keep an eye on how they’re doing.’
This book follows the life of a woman suffering from the mental health disorder OCD. It follows the complexity of her obsession with figures and numbers occurring from her romantic fixation with the figure Nikola Tesla. Whilst not only documenting the difficulty of living in a life ruled by numbers and paces it focuses on the person who manages to change the pattern of her life, and show her that numbers are not as important as they first seem.
As a reader I loved the complexity of the book and how well it was thought through. The thoughtfulness of the author in presenting the characters OCD was beautifully done, from the number of orange pieces on the top of her regular cafe choice to the numbering of the chapters at the top of the pages. This was then contrasted strongly with the affect the male character has upon Grace and the compassion and love he feels for her is strongly seen and understood in an honesty than we don’t always see in books.
I often find as a reader of romantic literature that the books I read merge into one with so many happy endings! But this love story had a quirky style with an unlikely Prince and an even more unlikely Princess. Although this is a ‘Chick Lit’ it has a refreshingly modern style that keeps you hooked to see whether Grace can finally ditch the numbers. Personally I loved pages… 167- 168 so if you’re interested check them out! Overall this kept me captivated from start to finish from the introduction to the lovable Grace to to the train ride of ups and downs as Grace tries to overcome the numbers! Overall a sunny thoughtful read.
‘Addition is Toni Jordan’s fabulous debut novel. Grace is witty, flirtatious and headstrong. She’s not a bit sentimental but even so, she may be about to lose track of the number of ways she can fall in love.’