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Posted July 12, 2012
In the beginning of this novel, we are introduced to six friends
In the beginning of this novel, we are introduced to six friends who have been friends since they were children: Maggie, Adam, Joey, Shannon, Tanna, and Pete. They are all hanging out at the Jumping Hole, drinking, listening to music, and apparently jumping off the gorge. With being afraid of heights, Maggie is the only one of her friends who haven't jumped from the gorge, but she tells her friends that she's going to jump. She and Joey, her boyfriend, takes the path up to the gorge, and before you know it, Joey is dead and Maggie has no memory of what's happened. This story was very up and down for me; when I read the blurb for this novel, I was like "I'm so gonna love this book", but whenever I read it, I didn't have that same feeling. There were plenty of times where I wanted to not finish this book, but I really wanted to know what happened on the top of that cliff!! I didn't feel as if I could relate to the characters at all; they were drinking and weren't even 21!! I was able to relate to losing a loved one, but that was about it. The story is told from Maggie's point of view, and her character kind of rubbed me the wrong way; I get the fact that Joey was her boyfriend, but she walked around as if she was the only one to lose him...I just felt as if her character completely disregarded her friends' feelings. Overall, this novel was okay, I just felt as if it had too many flashbacks that weren't really necessary, but the secrets that were to be discovered is what really kept me reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2012
You all probably know how much of a sucker I am for realistic fi
You all probably know how much of a sucker I am for realistic fictions, but I guess this book just didn't really get to my heart. I have to say it was one of my highly anticipated books, but it just didn't amaze me like most realistic fictions do. The main protagonist, Maggie, suffers from the tragedy of her boyfriend, Joey's, death. While the synopsis of the story sounded interesting to me, I have to say I didn't enjoy it that much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The beginning of the book, it was interesting. The writing was nice, and the events were exciting as well. Though after Joey's death, I felt like the story dragged on way too much. I felt like I was just reading about how Maggie is depressed and how upset she is. I know that plays an important part in the book, but I would have liked it if it didn't drag that long. While I was reading that part, it took me a while to finish it because it just didn't make me want to turn every page after the other. While the middle was a bit boring, I loved how there was excitement towards the end. I really enjoyed the twist of the book, and that made it sound even more realistic.
I alos enjoyed the friendship between Shannon, Tanna, Pete, Adam, and Maggie. It was nice and interesting to see how those best friends coped after the death of one of them. I really didn't even know weather to like or hate Joey, because every one of those friends had their own view of him. I don't have much to say about this book without spoiling it, so I'll stop here. While the middle felt really draggy and boring, I really did enjoy the end of the book. I do recommend it to young adult readers.
Posted June 6, 2012
An OK read
I was in the mood for some contemporary YA and having seen One Moment around the blogosphere I requested it from NetGalley. One Moment is what you expect it to be-a sad story of teenage love and premature loss, but I'm not sure it worked that well for me as did, for example, Before I Fall or If I Stay (both of which deal with similar issues and which I adored).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The thing that moved me most didn't have anything to do with Maggie or even Joey's death. Maggie was not one to easy relate to. She tells about her pain and sadness, but I didn't feel it. Joey...well, it's someone you'd hate at the end of the book, and not particularly like even when you don't know what happened. (Hm. Yes, that sounds vague, but I don't want to spoil anything). What really got to me was Adam. The emotions were running high whenever he was in the scene. Desperately trying to be there for Maggie, but torn inside and harboring a secret that could shatter Maggie's world. Whenever he cried, I was at the verge of tears too.
One of the main complaints I've read about this book was that it's predictable. It sure is. You can guess early on in the book what the big secret is. Frankly, I was surprised that Maggie didn't see it. But my conclusion, after I finished the book, was that maybe that wasn't the author's intention. Maybe it wasn't about big shockers, but rather about coping with things like...that (avoiding spoilers here). Do you hold on to the memory of someone you knew and loved and chose to ignore the bad? Can you ever really get to know someone completely? Are there things that, though they are plain in front of your nose, you'd rather not see?
One Moment wasn't a life-changing read, and for the most part it didn't really touch me, but it has some strong points, nice writing and some heartbreak. For me, it's somewhere in the middle; I wasn't crazy about it, but I'm glad to have read it.
Posted October 21, 2012
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