The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.
Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.
Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met.Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the magnetic lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother.
But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.
My Thoughts: Maggie was a pretty average teenager. She had friends, a family, and did ok in school. Until she got sick and lost her eyesight and also she’s been in a bit of trouble since. Its hard to stay on the straight and narrow when you're basically mad at the world.
Maggie runs into a boy named Ben. Ben was quite a bit younger than Maggie but he takes her under his wing and invites her over to dinner. Ben was a bit girl crazy but it was so darn cute. Maggie meets Ben’s family. And it's pretty cute. Ben’s mom was a riot and his brother Mason was pretty cool. I knew from the get go there was something special about Mason. And I laughed my butt off when I found out who exactly he is.
I hated seeing Maggie suffer because she was blind. She was trying to navigate her new world and get used to it but it was hard. And then when she was around Ben and could partly see, I wanted her to be happy. And, it doesn’t help when I found out the reason why she could see. I wanted to cry so many times throughout this one.
I really enjoyed the characters and the plot in this one. And, I was happy where the story headed. I’m happy to see how far Maggie has come and how she deals with things.
And the romance, whoa. Loved it of course. Just loved Mason so much.
Overall: I really really liked this one a lot. Ben was such a fun kid who didn’t let things get him down. He was so darn chipper. I wish I had a friend like him. This one was very enlightening and such a good debut.
Cover: Like it but I don’t feel like it gives the book justice really. I’m not sure I would pick it up or not if I seen it in a store BUT I would want everyone to pick this one up!
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