by Kristina McBride
Published: June 26th 2012
Source: From NetGalley for
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.
*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
The blurb pretty much sums it up. Maggie and her best friends are hanging out, acting like a bunch of teenager. But what was ment to be a fun day, turns into nightmare.
And Maggie is the only one who knows what happened for sure, but she can't remember.
Bit by bit her memories start coming back, but something just doesn't add up. It doesn't take that long or that much digging to find out their little circle of friends' dirty secrets.
Maggie is pretty naive. She had a crush for Joey for ages before they started going out and when Joey finally asked her out, she was sold. She thought Joey was the perfect boyfriend. Yes, he's a little crazy, but everyone has their flaws.
Maggie had a plan; she was finally going to give in and sleep with Joey, after two years of dating. She had this naive little dream all planned out, but then Joey ends up dead. And believe it or not, it turns out to be a good thing.
Because Joey really wasn't the perfect guy, and if Joey hadn't died, his secrets could have stayed hidden.
Though Joey wasn't actually that good in hiding his secrets, but like so many times, you just want to believe in people close to you. Maggie idolizes Joey and is actually in love with a fantasy she created, not with the real person. But of course, she doesn't realize that at the time.
And Joey.. Dead or not, he's a douche! Half the time he dated Maggie, he also dated another girl. For a freaking year! If that's not a douche, I don't know what is.
One of the characters tries to explain his behaviour with some lame excuse like "he wanted to keep us all together". No, he was just a douche!
If he hadn't died, he probably would've slept with all Maggie's friends. Or at least with all the girls. He didn't want to keep his little group together, he just wanted to mark his territory by sleeping with all the girls. Yay for Joey.
But at least he broke up with the girl he was sleeping on the side before dying. Hah. I'm gloating, but this is a book, so I I can do that.
And something good comes from Joey's death. Maggie can finally be with the guy she's meant to be. If only she can forgive him for covering up Joey's secrets.
This was definitely delight to read. Writing was great and characters believable, though occasionally I did have hard time with connecting characters' feelings, especially with Maggie's sadness and sorrow. Jealousy and rage were something I really enjoyed, but I wasn't able to shed tears over this.
Which is why this ended up in the "entertaining" category rather than "life altering". But if you're after some good teenage drama, feel free to check this out!