One Moment by Kristina McBride
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Target audience: Young Adult
Keywords: Death, lies and secrecy, friendship, loss of first love
Format read: eBook received from NetGalley
Summary: When Maggie’s friend Adam finds her hiding beneath the cover of the forest, she has no memory of what happend atop the rock she and her boyfriend Joey were supposed to jump off of together. She’s faced with Joey’s death when Adam escorts her down. As her memory begins to piece together, she learns how many secrets Joey had been keeping from her.
Some of the world’s greatest stories are based on tragedy. Would Romeo and Juliet have been so epic if the end hadn’t been so tragic? I’m drawn to stories that have big plots with scary events because it takes a lot of ingenuity to make it work flawlessly. (And I also secretly like to see if I can figure out all the details before the author gives us all the clues.)
In One Moment, McBride introduces us to a close-knit group of six friends – Pete, Shannon, Tanna, Adam, Maggie, and Joey – who are celebrating the beginning of summer at their favorite secluded hang out. Our main protagonist is Maggie who has been dating Joey for nearly two years. Maggie is extremely afraid of heights and since they found these huge four-story high rocks by the water, she’s never jumped off of them. She always chickens out. With a little liquid courage and a dare from Shannon she can’t seem to back down from, Maggie decides to jump off the rock with Joey. They climb, hand-in-hand, to the top, but the next thing Maggie knows, she’s being rescued by Adam from a spot she hid in the forest.
When Adam ushers her back down she finds out that Joey is dead.
She has no recollection of what happened once she and Joey got to the top of the rock.
How suspicious does this sound? I immediately assumed Maggie was hiding something and maybe she wasn’t suffering from memory loss like she proclaimed. McBride also gave away a subtle hint in the beginning of the story that led me to make bigger assumptions about what really happened to Joey. The secrecy, mystery, and desire to find out the truth propelled me forward. These six friends were thick as thieves before Joey’s death, but afterward, they’re completely out of sorts. Adam completely distances himself from the group because he’s upset over something (but won’t share the details with them). There was also a phone call between Joey and Adam, but Shannon doesn’t want to get into the details.
As Maggie’s memory slowly comes back to her, so do all the unwanted truths about Joey.
Joey is the only boy Maggie has ever loved. She never got to tell him that. Maggie’s heart becomes so conflicted as she learns that the boy she loved was not the person he was. He was living a double life. How wretched to learn that someone wasn’t who they thought they were and you no longer have the opportunity to talk it over. Maggie doesn’t know whether she should mourn the loss of her boyfriend or be angry at him for all the things he kept from her.
One Moment was incredibly fast-paced and engaging. It’s the story of friendship and a life-altering event. It will make you question how well you know the people closest to you. Your heart will break into tiny pieces (or maybe you’ll be madder than hell) when everything comes together. McBride does a wonderful job exploring how one fleeting moment changes everything and how things piece back together when you’re not even sure where to begin.