Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

One MomentOne Moment by Kristina McBride

  • ISBN-13: 9781606840863
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Source: Netgalley


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.

My Thoughts: 

First, let me say that the cover for One Moment is outstanding, both memorable and striking.  The summer leading up to your senior year is supposed to be the best summer of your life but when something horrible happens everything changes.  Maggie and her friends are hanging out at their spot at the gorge and is dared to jump off the cliff with her long time boyfriend, Joey.  One the way up, Maggie notices something on Joey’s arm and the next thing she remembers is cowering at the top of the cliff and not knowing where Joey was.  Maggie cannot remember what happened in those last few moments.  Adam, another friend, takes Maggie home before the medical crews arrive, thinking that he is protecting her.  The nightmare begins, Joey is dead and she cannot remember what happened.  In the beginning, Maggie blames herself something since she cannot remember what happen.  Bit by bit, Maggie starts to remember a few things but they beginning a long time before the deadly jump.  

I really connected with Maggie and the pain that she was going through.  I found that the strong differences in this group of friends to be outstanding and something that made this book such a page turner for me.  I never expected for Maggie to unravel what exactly had taken places in the last year of her life and I really don’t understand how so much could be kept from her or how she noticed nothing along the way.  There was a lot that just surprised me.

I like the style in which the story was written, it was different.  The flashbacks were written in a different fashion than I have even seen in a book especially a YA book.  I really enjoy Kristina McBride’s style and will be checking out other books by this author.  

My Rating

4 Penguins