Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

June 7, 2012 Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, EgmontUSA, Heartbreak, Kristina McBride, Netgalley, One Moment, YA, Young Adult 6

Expected Publication Date: June 26th 2012 by EgmontUSA

From Goodreads:

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:

For anyone who knows me, I am a sucker for a good angsty and heartbreaking read. I can’t help it! I like to feel moved and have a story leave a lasting impression on me. So when I first read the synopsis of One Moment, I knew it was right up my alley and something I had to read! I am so glad I did because I fell in love with this book!

Maggie is in a tight knit group of friends that have been extremely close since kindergarten. After a terrible accident, her boyfriend Joey is tragically killed. Maggie was the only one with him in his final moments but seems to have blocked out the circumstances leading to his death. As Maggie starts to piece together the events, she discovers that Joey was hiding things from her and wonders if she knew the real Joey at all.

Right from the get-go we are thrown into the story and this horrible death. At first I was afraid it would leave me with a disconnect with the characters because I didn’t have a chance to really build a connection with them just yet, but I actually loved that it was done this way. I had a slow build of emotions that developed more and more the further I got into the novel. Numerous memories were integrated into the story which played a huge part of that. Not to say that I didn’t feel anything right away, because I truly did. Poor Maggie’s heartbreak and devastation… so incredibly sad. I think the setup just made the immediate impact more bearable to get through. But everything wasn’t all sad. Some of Maggie’s memories of Joey were so sweet! It made me fall in love with the Joey who was her friend and boyfriend.

But this isn’t just about Maggie. We get a look into the friendships of this group and how much they all care for each other. Adam is also taking his friend’s death extremely hard. He pulls away from everyone and seems to be hiding secrets of his own. I fell in love with him too. It broke my heart to see him struggling so much with what happened.

Once the secrets started to be revealed, Maggie almost begins to wage a war within herself. She doesn’t want the memories she has to be tainted. I felt her confliction. I love how the author handled this aspect of the storyline. It could have gone in a few different directions at this point but I am happy with how realistically everything fell into place..

I have to add that this book was so beautifully written. The author added so much imagery, especially to Maggie’s feelings. These are just a couple of my favorite passages:

I focused on the things that didn’t hurt. The trees, how they were so thick they looked stronger than I ever expected to feel. The wide fields, so green they almost shimmered. The deep blue sky, so vast and open, it felt like I could dive right through its surface and disappear.

I knew I had all the pieces, I could feel the different textures sliding in my hands. The problem was, most of them were jagged-edged, slicing into me when I tried to figure out how to order them, how to stitch them back together. So I envisioned throwing them all up in the air, running, and hiding from them forever.

I absolutely loved this novel and highly recommend it to people who like a story of love, heartbreak, and growth!

4.5 out of 5!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

6 Responses to “Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride”

  1. Shooting Stars Mag

    Awesome review. I’m so glad you liked this one. I love a good angsty/heartbreaking story too. It just makes me really feel for the characters, and that’s awesome!!


  2. Jen

    I loved this book too! I can’t listen to Dave Matthews or Nickelback now without thinking of these characters….or crying. ;P

  3. Traci @ The Reading Geek

    Great review! I haven’t heard much about this book but I definitely need to pick it up now. I’m such a sucker for angsty and emotional books too. I like that by the sounds of it, this book picks up immediately. The passages you included also have me really interested in this story now. It sounds like it’s written beautifully.

    Traci @ The Reading Geek

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