Book Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

29241215Title: One Moment
Author: Kristina McBride
Published date: 17th January 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery & Thrillers
Date read: 7th June 2017
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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?

Thank you Netgalley, and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book.


Oh. My. God!

I know, before reading this book, that I’ll be having some feels because Joey died. Like, it didn’t matter at that time that I didn’t know who Joey is, the fact is that he died before he get to live his life. He died too young, his life cut short before he even reached adulthood. I know before reading this that I can expect some mystery, because 1) it was listed as one of the genres; and 2) we get that idea from the summary.

But what I didn’t expect was the extent of the secrets that Joey, and another two characters that I shall not name kept. What I didn’t expect was the lies and the betrayals. What I didn’t expect was how much this book would tore me apart.

One of the things that I love about this book was the friendship (before some things were revealed, that is). They were such a tight knit group, and books with that kind of friendship always attracted me. While I empathize for Maggie, there were some small moments that I felt annoyed at her. And Joey, god, I like him so much at first, the Joey that Maggie painted. But knowing the real, flawed Joey… I kind of hate him, but at the same time, I can’t. Because, while Joey was like a jerk, but I think, somewhere along the way, his feelings were genuine.
Shannon though… Shannon I really, really disliked. I hated the passive-agressive way she was acting.
And Adam, I liked him from the start. I guess, after reading a lot of kind-of similar books, good characters just give this certain vibe, and that was the vibe I got from Adam.

To sum it up, this book just hooked me from the beginning, and I ended up reading it in one sitting. This book somehow reminded me of History Is All You Left Me; the accident and the what-ifs, and the heartbreak.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.


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