Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

One Moment
by Kristina McBride  

Young Adult Realistic Contemporary
Received for Review
Average Goodreads Rating: June 26, 2012
Release Date: 3.86
Pages: 272

Before I get into my review, here's the summary available on 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?

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 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley for this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for this opportunity!

My overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is Kristina McBride's second novel. I hadn't heard of her before, but was eager to read this one. I loved the cover of this book and I also loved the synopsis and so I decided that I had to read this one. 

I read Breaking Beautiful a few months ago which also featured some type of accident where the boyfriend ended up dead and the girlfriend's memory was left in shreds. I think subconsciously going into this one I was comparing the two of them.

However, after a few pages, I realized that these books, although similar on the surface, were completely different from each other. I stopped comparing them and quickly found myself swept away in the story. I've already shared that I have an unhealthy interest in novels about memory loss...this one fit the bill nicely. 

The pacing of this story seemed to fly by at a rapid pace (or maybe that was just my frantic reading) which I actually enjoyed. I never felt like the novel had a slow or dull moment. The whole time I was reading this one I was intrigued and riveted by the story.

The characters were all compelling and I found myself anxiously waiting to see how the novel unfolded. There were times I wanted to hit Maggie over the head and tell her to see what was really going on, but I still liked her. You don't really get to know much about her other than her relationship with her friends and of course her boyfriend Joey. 

However, I didn't mind getting a snapshot on her life.  The novel focused on the accident and the aftermath of the accident. It created a complex picture of a few moments--or one moment as the tile suggests--and I love novels that do that. 

This novel pulled on my emotions and made me feel invested in the story. It was a really quick read that was entertaining. This is one that I'd reread. I'll definitely be looking into McBride's debut novel The Tension of Opposites. 

In Summary: McBride's sophomore novel left me intrigued and anxious to see what happened next. Great writing and great characters that made for a compelling read. 

Warnings/ Side-notes: Sexual undertones and discussion of sex, but you don't actually directly read about any sex scenes. Fairly clean and innocent. I don't remember what the language was like, sorry. 

The Wrap-up: A great book that I'm glad I got the chance to read. McBride's writing was fresh and compelling. This is definitely an author that I'll be keeping tabs on. If you like books about memory loss, be sure to check out this one as well as Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf. 


Danica Page

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