Friday, June 22, 2012

My POV: One Moment by Kristina McBride

Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2012 by EgmontUSA 
 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 Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.--Goodreads

This is the most emotional story I’ve read this year! It was so emotionally draining but so totally worth the headaches and puffy eyes at the end. Death is a very touchy subject for me to begin with and I'm sure it is the same with many other people but I'm the type were I can't even attend funerals. This subject makes me extremely uncomfortable and I try to avoid it at all cost. Well I couldn’t avoid it with this book and I’m glad I could handle this fictional death at home in private.

So this story starts off with a devastating blow to my emotional well being and just kept coming up with whole new ways to blow my mind. It left me speechless and breathless many times through out its journey. Every time I think back on this story it leaves me scrambling for words in order to describe how I feel about it. I find it impossible to define this crazy whirlwind of a story in just one sentence. It takes a number of hand gestures with an array of facial expressions and a lot of deep breathes to fully explain this story.

The one thing that has me so flustered is Joey. Boy has he gotten under my skin and exhausted all of my emotions while I have been trying to make since of his actions. I find it hard to get over  Joey’s “issues”. I mean I just keep asking WHY? Why? why? because I’m the type of person who needs to know. I both loved and hated Joey.  I loved the perception of Joey that we saw through Maggie’s eyes but hated the other.  Yes I’m being intentionally vague and I’m sorry but you must read the book to find out why. I don’t want to spoil it for everyone.

The great thing about Maggie and her friends is that they are not one dimensional characters. They have flaws and make mistakes which makes them feel real and believable. We get to see the story come alive through Maggie’s eyes and I couldn’t help but feel sympathetic to everything that she went through. From the very beginning you can tell how much Maggie loves Joey. It’s overwhelming and intense and sometimes that kind of love can make you blind to others and to the world around you. She goes through so much and handles things as well as could be expected but I was very impressed by her by the end of this book. 

They say “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.“ and that is basically where this book ends. There are so many things I want to say about this book but I really don’t want to spoil it for any one. This is a journey you have to experience for yourself  to completely understand how devastatingly   wonderful it is.

"He never deserved you, Maggie. It was always supposed to be me."
"You crushed me, Joey." I took a deep breath. Swiped at the tears that had begun to fall. " You crushed me into a million pieces. First by dying. Then with all of your lies. I feel like I don't even know who you are anymore."



  1. OMG!!!! This is EXACTLY how I felt when I read the book! The lies are just GAAAHHHH!!!! Me too! I love Joey from Maggie's eyes but I really hate him too! It was SO frustrating. I just can't seem to stop the tears too. A well done review! :D

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books

    1. Thank you! I'm sure this book will do a number on many many readers.

  2. I am so with you. I loved and hated Joey as well. This book was fantastic though. Great review! :)