One Moment by Kristina McBride

Author: Kristina McBride
Publisher: Usbourne (UK Edition)
Publishing Date: July 1st 2013 (UK Edition)
Blurb Description: It 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 party the night before. She remembers climbing the path hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, safe. So why can’t she remember what happened next?
All it takes is one second for everything to change. One moment to realize that it’s the people you love who hurt you the most.

Compelling, heartbreaking and unforgettable; this is the American Dream ripped apart

My Rating: 

My Review:

‘I walked towards Joey and took his hand. From where we stood, I could only see the edge of the cliff and a leafy batch of treetops beyond. It was as if our friends didn’t exist.
“We’re gonna go on three,” he said.
Running. We were running.
Almost there.
But the thunder of my feet crashed through something in my consciousness.
And I knew.
It was like I hit an invisible wall. One that did not exist for Joey.
I had been so close to flying.
Then, suddenly- I stopped’

Sixteen year- old Maggie  is living the dream, with her perfect boyfriend (completely reckless and daredevil- like, but 'perfect' all the same), her best friends since kindergarten (Adam, Tanna, Pete, Shannon and of course, Joey) and her amazing, supportive and understanding parents, and she knows it. As she gears up for the best summer of her life, her transition period from a junior to a senior, at her and her friends' secret and secluded cliff top, at the best parties all of which make her feel completely safe and at the same time, completely alive, like her whole body is on fire, in a good way! For her, perfect isn't some distant horizon, or even by the next hill- she is living in it- and she knows it! 

The book opens with her and Joey on the cliff-top, and all of their other mates down below, waiting for them to take the plunge to the cool and inviting water below, they share another one of their perfect moments.

And then, nothing.

Left alone on the top, Maggie doesn't know what to do but hide. She remembers nothing but climbing up the trail to the cliff with Joey. And now, there’s no Joey. Confusion, fear and anxiety take her and flip her over. And the rest is nothing but a blur.

Sitting on her parents couch she has flashbacks of Pete telling the paramedics a few words that would change her life forever; her friend’s shocked and teary faces while Adam sat outside her living room, explaining to her parents the one thing that everybody seemed to be saying, but she still couldn't process.

After all, how could it be true, he was just there a minute ago; his sweatshirt stilled smelled like him. It couldn’t be true, could it- that Joey, her perfect boyfriend and friend before that, for all her life, was now, well… dead?

“What was supposed to be the best summer of her life, is now the one she would do anything to forget”
As if losing the boy she loved wasn't enough, the friend she always thought she count on; the one who was always there for her is now slipping away. To top it all off, Maggie simply can’t remember her last moments with Joey- her last moments with him before he left her forever.

One Moment is Maggie's journey where slowly uncovers that her oh-so-perfect boyfriend is actually no-so-perfect, with a few deep-dark secrets of his own, that threaten to destroy years of friendship in a single moment. With secrets and lies being revealed, accusations being thrown around and friendships slipping away, this one girl learns that nothing is perfect- that everybody has flaws, and yet, it’s that, at the end of the day, that makes an individual truly unique.

My Verdict: 

A BRILLIANT debut novel by Kristina McBride- READ IT!
The blurb tells us that this book that this is the American dream ripped apart, but it’s more like the American dream ripped apart; shattered into a million pieces and then slowly, glued back together again, with the hope that this time, it will stay intact!

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