Thursday, September 20, 2012

One Moment by Kristina McBride
Release Date: June 26th, 2012 by EgmontUSA
Details: 272 pages, hardcover
Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary
Source: NetGalley (Thank you NetGalley & Egmont!)
Summary (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 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 OppositesOne Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.

One Moment is sort of reminiscent of Breaking Beautiful in the sense that both the main characters were at the scene of an accident and are both suffering from short term memory loss as well as coming to terms with what happened. However, the similarity ends there.

One Moment opens up with Maggie, her friends, and her boyfriend Joey at their usual spot cliff diving. One minute Maggie is holding hands with Joey about the jump the next she's at the bottom of a hill trying to hide from everyone. What happened in that one moment that changed everything? Maggie doesn't remember. Maggie can't seem to remember, no matter how hard she tries.

From the very beginning you can sort of guess what's going on between Maggie and Joey and even though that aspect of the book was fairly predictable I didn't think it took anything away from the journey. You were right there with Maggie hoping she would open her damn eyes and see it already. Or at least I was! 

Maggie was an okay character, it was easy to sympathize with her and root for her. To understand the trouble she's going through, the confusion. Although she had a rather large group of friends, I felt like Tanna and Pete sort of just faded into the background. Sure there were times when they were there but for the majority of the book I felt like they were just additional support. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I'm just saying. I really liked Adam, he was a decent guy who would just caught up in a whole lot of wrongs. I understood where he was coming from most of the time and I think Maggie was a little too hard on him. He was only doing what he could to protect the people he cared about. As for Shannon, I hated her. Period. What. A. Bitch.

My favorite scene was when Maggie drove out to the place of their first date and broke up with Joey. I absolutely adored that part. You go girl!

One Moment was a really quick read and even though the plot was predictable I still really enjoyed it!


  1. I want to read this one. The cover is great too!

    1. @Steph The cover is pretty darn mysterious! But really simple at the same time (: