Maggie’s summer was supposed to be epic. She’s got the best friends ever, a fantastic boyfriend and is going to be a senior. One Moment by Kristina McBride shows what happens after tragedy strikes Maggie’s life in a poignant, can’t look away, tear through the pages sort of manner.
Y’all, I was fairly invested in McBride’s sophomore novel and was totally feeling THE THINGS from rage to very slight swoons. So, basically the gist of the plot of One Moment is that Maggie and her friends go cliff diving one day. Her boyfriend, Joey, jumps off and ends up dying in a horrific accident. Maggie can’t remember how it happened because she’s been traumatized and so, represses her memories. She then spends her grief putting Joey on a pedestal but of course, SECRETS come out.
As a fan of secrets and drama, I think that One Moment delivers. Despite my being able to predict all of the major plot points right down to a certain first date, I really liked One Moment. I love a plot where there are twists, turns, backstabbing and some tight pacing. This book is short, yes, but. there’s also not a lot of BS to cut through to get to the heart of the story. Seriously, McBride’s latest is a very quick page turner.
Plus, I unfortunately could identify with Maggie – not in that I’ve ever lost a boyfriend to a horrific tragedy. However, I have been in the position where I’ve put a guy on a pedestal and made him out to be something more than what he was or deserved (out of a low self esteem). But still, it sucks, but I had empathy for her. I will also say that I desperately wanted Maggie to knock a certain character out, but alas that did not happen which was kind of disappointing.
I think that I am not alone in that experience and a lot of girls will be able to relate to Kristina McBride’s main character, Maggie. I think if you like contemporary with lots of secrets and don’t mind predictability, you will end up enjoying One Moment as much as I did.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.
Other reviews of One Moment by Kristina McBride:
Rather Be Reading – “Incredibly fast-paced and engaging”
Galleysmith – “Had the benefit of a suspenseful tone”
VeganYANerds – “A little frustrating”