Friday, August 31, 2012

Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

Read from June 20, 2012
to June 21, 2012
Book: One Moment by Kristina McBride
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Egmont USA
Number of Pages: 232
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary

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. - From Goodreads

I expected One Moment to be heavy. And it was, in a lot of ways. It has every thing a drama would be without: betrayal, deception, lies, and death. 

Maggie seems to have it all. A perfect boyfriend and a perfect group of friends. Then one summer, everything changes. Joey's dead and she can't remember anything that happened before the accident. But Joey's death is only the first slip, secrets will spill and it will ultimately change her.

How can so much drama revolve around one group of friends? I do not know. Friends don't hurt friends but here we see that. But eventually, friendship and love restored what has been broken. It's a balancing act and I admire McBride for handling it perfectly.

I admit One Moment did not blow my mind off nor made me scream best book ever but the story has this power to seeped in and get you where it matters. I found myself brimming with tears, angry and frustrated, but most of all McBride made me feel like I was Maggie, like I was experiencing it first hand. I felt her hurt, her devastation, her grief. How hard it is to cope with losing someone you love. To know that those people you loved and trusted was not entirely truthful all along. Upsetting, wouldn't really cover it.

But One Moment isn't just about the drama, it's about letting go and moving on. It's about standing up again and believing that no matter how dark the place you are in, light will always shine through. It could be a memory, a single moment of clarity or a person that will hold your hand to help you get ready to face life again.

Cupid's Verdict:
3 1/2 Cupids

An advance copy was provided by the publisher at no cost via Netgalley.


  1. Sounds like a pretty dramatic book. My sister has read it and rated it the same as you. Great review!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. I expected this to be a pretty amazing book but maybe not after reading your review.. I think I'll give this one a read anyway to see what I make of it.

    Thanks for sharing!

    What's Hot?

    1. Please do. It's not that "AMAZING" but it's a good read. Maybe it'll surprise you. I can't wait to see what you think of it, Laura! :D

  3. Whilst this doesn't sounds like the most amazing book ever, it does sounds rather enjoyable. I'm not in a rush to read One Moment but it's interesting to read what people think of it. Lovely review, I especially love that last paragraph.

    Also, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)

  4. I have been on the fence about reading this book, but the last 2 paragraphs of your review have pushed me off on the side of TBR. One of my favorite things is when an author has the ability to write a character in such a way that you feel them and know them so deeply. That is an amazing trait, and I love it when I can find it. So, now that I am no longer on the fence about this one, I am going to put a copy on hold at the library!


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