Publisher: Egmont USA
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.
WHAT I LIKED:
- 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.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
- 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.