28 May 2012

Review: One Moment by Kristina McBride

Book: One Moment by Kristina McBride
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pages: 272
Source: Review copy (Thank you, Netgalley and Egmont!)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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.


  • Adam, thank you for existing.
    • Adam was probably the only character I enjoyed reading about in this book. An incredibly realistic character, he was sweet, caring, and vulnerable. He wasn't exactly the most swoon worthy man I've read about, but I really liked him.
  • Um, addicting? Hell to the yes!
    • Well, for the first 75% of the book, it was really addicting to read. Even though I totally knew how the whole book was going to play out, it was just really interesting to see Maggie put the pieces together.


  • Most of these characters were just as interesting as a piece of cardboard. (Excluding Adam, of course.)
    • Totally flat and one dimensional, I felt that there were no layers or complexity in these characters at all. At the most, I could use a couple of adjectives to describe them but I don't want that! I want to be speechless and in awe about the characters, not bored with them.
  • I was just... bored throughout most of it.
    • This book was just so predictable, it's just sad. I figured everything out since the problem presented itself in the beginning. (Maybe I'm just getting super awesome at figuring this stuff out? I'm not trying to be haughty or anything, just saying.) 
    • When Maggie wasn't trying to figure out what really happened, reading about her life just made me... well this .GIF can explain my face: 


  • Well, this was a pretty short review. I just feel speechless about this book. I don't really know what to say because there's nothing particularly memorable about this book. Obviously One Moment wasn't for me. It didn't touch me in the way it touched others, and it wasn't jam-packed with emotions like I had expected it to be. 
    • So far, it seems like I'm in the minority for not liking this book a lot, but there's many other people who did! Give this book a try, and maybe you'll like it more than I did.

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Gianna said...

Great review Gianna! Thumbs up to you for being honest! I was going to request in on Netgalley at first, but thought better of it when I read the synopsis. It didn't catch my eye, and now that I have read your review, I won't be picking it up either. Thanks for your input! =)

Gianna said...

I was really excited to see that this book was a Read Now on Netgalley, so I immediatly picked it up. It sounds like a deep, emotional read, with some mystery thrown in. I'm sad that you didn't really enjoy it, though! But I love that you were honest. =) Anyways, even though the mystery was easily solvable for you, I think I'm going to still give this one a try [well, I kind of have to, you know, since I requested it from NG and all, but STILL]. Thank you for the honest review!!

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

Gianna said...

Hehe, Gianna, LOVE the gif! You always seem to know how to put your thoughts into a really informative and amazing review! Maybe it's really you being SO awesome that you can figure things from the beginning (common cases among us avid readers)! xD

Ooh, sorry that this book is not your cup of tea! I might would read this book though, simply so I can meet Adam! I love his name anyway, reminds me of Adam from If I Stay! <3

Gianna said...

:/ I'm sorry this one didn't work out for you. I might give it a shot in the future, but who knows. Thanks for the honesty :)

Gianna said...

LOL, love that gif. I grabbed this when it was on read now, but I'm really not sure if I'll actually make it through. I'll give it a few chapters, but will Decline if I'm feeling like you did.

Gianna said...

I so hate boring characters and a BLAH plot! I just don't know what I'm supposed to do with myself, how I'm supposed to react to the book because there's nothing else but disappointment. 

Gianna said...

You're not the only one - I didn't love this one either. All of the characters are just so boring! Great review, though :)

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