Wednesday, June 6, 2012

One Moment by Kristina McBride



Title:   One Moment

Author:   Kristina McBride

Publisher:   Egmont USA

Expected Publication:   June 26, 2012


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My Rating:
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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?

My Review:
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How many of us wish we could go back and recapture one moment in our lives? Maybe have the chance to change things leading up to a particular time, or even just relive a certain unforgettable occasion? I love the title of this book, One Moment, and everything that title encapsulates. 

This is a very relatable story with an extremely likable main character, Maggie. One Moment tells the story of six friends who have been inseparable their whole lives. You wouldn’t think you could possibly know anyone better than these friends know one another, but this book will have you pondering... can you ever truly know someone? 

“What if it's as simple as one moment? One tiny thing, like that kiss on the rocks?
What if I'd kissed him a little longer? Would he be alive right now?
 Or what if I'd stayed with him Friday night, what if I'd been with him…
wherever he was?”

One Moment is a wonderful coming of age story full of friendship, first loves, heartbreak, secrets, and dealing with the aftermath of losing someone you love. Definitely a fast, yet thought-provoking, book you won’t want to put down. Having experienced the loss of a childhood friend to tragedy, I felt this story really struck close to home. There were some parts that were, at first, difficult to read, but, in the end, reading about Maggie, her friends, and their struggle to move on was very therapeutic.

I don’t read a lot of contemporaries, but One Moment has me questioning that decision. I would love to read more from this talented author.

Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book.


11 comments:

  1. I'm starting to question why I avoided contemps for so long, too, M. Maybe the ones releasing this year are just THAT good. :)

    Great review. I need to get to this one soon! :D

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    1. Thank you, BBS!
      Maybe so! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!:D

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  2. I avoid the contemps as well but I have read some good reviews on this one and My interest is perked. If only I had time to read it right now. I will add it to the pile. Glad it was a good therapeutic read for you. So glad you are back on your blog .:)

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    1. Thank you, Heidi! It's so good to be back - I missed you guys! ;D

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  3. This sounds like a deep and soulful kind of book. I smell a tearjerker! sign me up! <3 xoxo

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    1. Oh, it is and a really great read! You'll love it! Mwah! <3 <3 <3

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  4. I have One Moment on my ereader, and your review has me excited about reading it soon. :) You said you don't read very much contemp, but may I give you a couple suggestions that may make you rethink your decision? Two contemp books that I loved were Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard and How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr. :) And great review!

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    1. That's awesome, Leanne! Book suggestions are ALWAYS welcome! I've heard of Wanderlove and I will definitely check out both of those titles! Thanks so much! <3

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  5. I hadn't heard of this title yet but it sounds really interesting. Thanks for reviewing it and bringing it to me attention

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    1. It's a really great, emotional read! Thank you for stopping by, Christa! <3

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  6. I avoided contemps like the plague for a while, but now I can't put the darn things down. Looking foward to diving into this one. Maybe next week.

    great review! and yay to you crossing over to the contemp side a bit. :)

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