Saturday, October 12, 2013

One Moment

Title: One Moment By Kristina McBride
ISBN-13: 978-1606844366
Pages: 272

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?

Hello there, people of the cyber world :)  Sorry I had to add that, in case you didn't know TANGLED IS THE BEST MOVIE EVERR!  Okay, I'm back with a book review.  I was captivated by its simple cover and its mysterious plot.  I was also reading this at the same time I was reading another book about cliff jumping ( these days...even though I'm a kid too...) so that could also explain why I was interested in it.  You should check out that book too, its called Shine by Lauren Myracle (pretty good too, my review is on this blog)  

But ANYWAYS...focus Jenn...Just to give you an idea of how good this was, even after I returned it at the library almost a month ago and didn't record anything about it before this post, I STILL REMEMBERED!  That is quite a feat considering how you could ask anyone I know about my memory, they would say horrible.  It was that good. back to the book.  It is a very real book, and I don't just mean that because it's realistic fiction but the language used in this book from the cursing (blehs...cursing) to the thought that goes through her mind as she tries to piece together what went on that day on the cliff.  She can't remember what happened as she witnessed her boyfriend's death because she blacked out that memory.  That terrible memory that some of us have burned in the back of our skull and, yet some of us have pushed it so far down it is just a wisp of something that once was.  Something that was so unbelievable, your brain can't actually comprehend it.

Through all this heartache and heartbreak that she goes through, there is a still a romantic element.  But then again what kind of young adult novel would it be without a little bit of love :).  And this love comes from one of those best friends that has been with you all those years and you find out, they're the one...awww...but unfortunately in this case Maggie falls in love with the wrong person, Joey.  And then, shockingly you find out that the bad boy Joey had been cheating on Maggie with, who?, none other than her friend, Shannon.

I liked how the author, despite her age, managed to keep the 'teenage' atmosphere accurate.  How we don't really know ourselves and yet think we can and should know everyone else.  We are insecure, unsure of how others perceive us, struggling to keep our 'image' alive.   And yet when we find out something about someone else, something we didn't know, something shocking even, we can't help but think, how do you really know someone?  How we are so connected to our friends because we are a part of them and they, a part of us.  It's nice to be able to depend on someone else other than ourselves.  We change all the time, our image of ourselves morphs throughout life, but we're still children ourselves, we like dependability.  Something hard to find in this world.  And yet McBride still manages to convey all those emotions I just mentioned into one two hundred and seventy two page book.  

The book is about how this group of friends cope when one integral part of their friendship group dies and how it exposes all sorts of secrets that were binded by Joey.  As each part of the group struggles to stay together and figure out this mess, they realize it's hard to remember someone for who they were when who you thought they were, was a lie.
4 out of 5 stars:


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