Wednesday, June 27

One Moment by Kristina McBride

One Moment by Kristina McBride
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272

Summary: This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.

My Thoughts: While I loved McBrides debut novel, The Tensions Of Opposites, One Moment fell a little short for me. It didn’t have anything to do with McBride’s writing. I just don’t think I connected to the story or characters very well.

We are introduced to a group of friends, who have been inseparable for many years. They are best friends, they do everything together. The story focuses on Maggie’s point of view. We see things through her eyes. She is dating Joey. Joey is popular, funny, and perfect. Everyone likes him, everyone is his friend.

One day Maggie is dared to jump off a cliff, with Joey right by her side, she tries to take the plunge only to get to the top and find out a secret about Joey. We don’t know what the secret is, because Maggie experiences severe memory loss. She can only remember bits and pieces and not many of those at that.

One Moment focuses on Maggie recovering her memory and finding out the truth. From the first chapter, I had a feeling what the secret was, and I was pretty right on the dot. There were a few twists and turns, but I knew what was going to happen and maybe that is why I just didn’t connect to this novel very well. Am I happy that One Moment ended like it did? Yes. I was really hoping for that. Something better needs to come from something tragic.

I did like all the different characters. I liked seeing how they reacted to the situation and who had what feelings.

Do you want to know the secrets between the friends? Read this novel to go on the journey with Maggie and uncover the truth.

Overall: It was ok, I did finish it. I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt since I enjoyed The Tension of Opposites so much and I did enjoy it enough but I didn’t love it like I have other novels recently. It’s worth a read and maybe you’ll enjoy it a lot more than me.  Also, this is probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating for me, not quite a 3.

Cover: I do really like the cover. I like how we can see her foot reflecting in the water, very artistic. 

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Karis Jacobstein said...

I felt like this was a YA Contemp trying way too hard to be a Mystery, but never really pulling it off- too predictable. I also felt like, for much of the book, I was re-reading Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf. They were so similar in so many ways! Of course, that is not Kristina McBride's fault, but still... I spent most of One Moment saying to myself, "I feel like I've already read this...". Great review. I agree with everything you've said!

Karis @ YA Litwit

Ash said...

I thought it was okay. I mean I liked it, it had some really good points like the way that it dealt with death and I really enjoyed the other characters as well. But it just wasn't a winner for me. I think it tried to do too many things and that hurt it as a whole.

Shane @ItchingforBooks said...

i like the cover too...the story seems interesting


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