5 stars · fiction · romance · young adult

One Moment by Kristina McBride


One Moment

Author: Kristina McBride

Pages [hardcover]: 272

Favorite Characters:
Adam & Maggie


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.


What would you do if one of your best friends died? This book tries to confront that, as well as reveal the ripple effect a person’s death can have on their friends and family. Especially a teenager’s. Maggie loses not only one of her closest friends but also her boyfriend of two years when Joey dies after a day out at the gorge. But . . how did he die? Did she have anything to do with his death? She’d love to tell people that she’s innocent, except she can’t remember anything about the incident. Her memories have been completely suppressed.

I loved following along with Maggie as she seeks to recover what she did know, and learn more about what she didn’t. Joey had many secrets, and the book seems like a mystery as she unlocks the clues that will bring her closer to understanding not only his death, but his life as well. Did she really even know him?

I loved the writing style of One Moment. At points very full of imagery, almost whimsical, and others direct and blunt, it shifted to suit the feel of the current setting perfectly. Because of this, there was never a dull moment, and I was left constantly wanting more. The build up to the ending was wonderful, and it made me want to read more by this author. Kristina McBride has a wonderful way with words and characterization that is both unique and brilliant.


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