Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on October 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

Review: One Moment by Kristina McBrideOne Moment by Kristina McBride
Published by Egmont USA (6.26.2012)
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Source: Library
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4 Stars

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

Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail 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

As far as contemporaries go, One Moment was pretty solid. I didn’t connect quite as much as I wanted to, which is mostly what kept it from being 5 stars. I can’t pinpoint what exactly caused the disconnect – One Moment was a beautifully written story about letting go and moving on. But because it was so tragic, I feel like there should have been a little more emotion on my part. I didn’t cry once, and the only time I felt anything along the lines of sadness was at the mention of “Far Away” by Nickelback – for different reasons entirely.

Maggie was a pretty good lead. She annoyed me a bit at first, though, because of the way she dealt with the accident. I understand it’s traumatic, and the brain has certain ways of coping…but I felt like she handled it like a child would. A young adult knows what death means, and for her to say “What if he’s still alive?” when his head was clearly smashed in was a bit naive, like she couldn’t comprehend the meaning of death.

The pacing was very fast and I flew through the book. The mystery of the underlying secrets kept me wondering what the hell happened. I had a pretty good hunch about what it was, but I still enjoyed the journey in finding out all facets of the truth. It put relationships under the microscope, bringing to light all of the ugly that hides under the good. Everything was pretty twisted, and brought up the question – Can you ever really know someone?

The characters were very realistic and had plenty of depth. I really liked Tanna, and downright hated Shannon and Adam at times. Even though I didn’t feel sad during the story like I should have, I certainly felt anger. There were a few times I wanted to jump through the pages and beat Shannon senseless. Yet, even after all that anger, there was still catharsis at the end. While some of the characters might have royally screwed up, they made up for it at the end and were able to make amends.

“…a person is just like a quilt. Think about your grandma’s quilt. The whole thing, it’s a work of art, a slice of something beautiful. But if you look closely at that quilt your grandmother made, I bet there are pieces that you don’t really care for. Small patches of fabric that you can handle when you look at the whole, but that you would never choose for yourself if you were making your own quilt.”
assessmentPlot: 4/5
Writing style: 4/5
Originality: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Pace: 5/5
Cover: 3/5
Overall rating: 4/5 starfish
Jessi (Geo)

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One response to “Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

  1. I have been wanting to branch out with more contemporary reads this year, but I have been hesitant. One Moment looks like a good book to try so maybe when I head out to my library later this week I will pick it. Thanks for the honest review. :)

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