One Moment

One Moment

by Kristina McBride


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ISBN-13: 9781510714557
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,264,999
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Kristina McBride is a former English teacher and yearbook advisor. She dreamed of being a published author since she lived across the street from a library as a kid. She is also the author of The Tension of Opposites and A Million Times Goodnight , and lives with her husband and two young children in in Centerville, Ohio.

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One Moment 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
FarmChick More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully written tale of love, loss, deception and friendship.
Suzie_Beth17 More than 1 year ago
romance, mystery, and tear jearker all in one
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
I love to find a good, satisfying contemporary read that has a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, and a bit of twist that was startling and unexpected. This is exactly what I got with Kristina McBridge's One Moment. The author doesn't waste any time at all getting you right into the suspense of this story. From the first few pages, the story sucks you right in with Joey's tragic death, and with Maggie's shocked reaction as she represses the memories she doesn't want to and just can't seem to face. The entire storyline was so real... this could happen to anybody. The events leading up to Joey's death are ones that happen every day, and where this led Joey was tragic and sad. The characters in this story band together to get over their friend's death, and then the secrets begin to come out. I loved how Kristina McBride slowly released the events, little by little, throughout the story until finally, the entire picture becomes clear. Betrayals that Maggie didn't expect are revealed, and unexpected love she didn't know she had develops. The characters in this story were real, with real flaws. You come to care about all of them, even the ones that make mistakes. And the developing romance for Maggie was so sweet. The author did a great job in releasing information and taking matters to the next level at just the right moment. This is my first Kristina McBride book, but I have definitely become a fan.
catiesmoviesinmyhead on LibraryThing 7 months ago
One Moment is a story of loss, betrayal and letting go. After Maggie loses her boyfriend in a tragic accident she discovers that he might not have been who she thought he was. This discovery threatens to send her entire world into a tailspin and she has to come to terms while also trying to figure out whom she can still trust. This story is not just about Maggie and Joey though. It is about six best friends and what happens to that bond when it is really tested. I will jump straight in (no pun intended - terrible, just terrible) and say that I loved this book, but, at first, I didn't think I was going to. So lets start this one with the dislikes and work up to what I really loved.DISLIKES:The first half of the book was really hard for me to get into. After Joey died, the rest of the first half just sort of dragged for me. I liked the characters for the most part (except for Pete who didn't seem to have much purpose) and there were some bright spots where Maggie's grief was very tangible, but there was a lot of repetition going on. See, Maggie can't remember anything about the accident, so much of the first half is her rehashing what happened with different people and lamenting the fact that she can't remember. Also, her boyfriend is dead, so naturally she's coming apart a bit at the seams. She kept flashing back to happier times and that could get a little confusing. More importantly, it is pretty apparent from the first chapter that Joey was sort of a tool. I mean seriously, this girl was in total denial. But, I suppose, that is all part of young love. Overall, I felt like the first part of the book could have been condensed into about a third of the size and still had all of the background that we needed. Luckily the second half made up for that. Finally, this book was just super super sad and depressing. I usually really enjoy sad books but this one was just really hard to push though sometimes. And it wasn't like I was sobbing on every page, I think if I would have cried it would have been better. It was just so dreary and the depressing atmosphere really stayed with me, but I guess that is a credit to the author.LIKES:The biggest positive with this book was that it was very well written and the author really had a grasp on what it is like to lose someone when you're in high school. Most of us probably new someone who died while we were in high school. Maybe they weren't your best friend or your boyfriend but it still had an impact on your life. There is nothing quite like the feeling of helplessness that goes along with losing a friend, and when you are still at an age where your life is pretty much controlled by others and you aren't even always in charge of your own emotions, it just makes the loss all the harder to deal with. Your mom might be able to tell you it's going to be alright, but she can't make the hurt go away, and you can't put your life on hold because someone else's is over. And there are really very few feelings that are stranger than going home after a funeral and studying for an Algebra test. McBride does a great job of capturing the normalcy that continues even in the midst of tragedy and this makes the story all the more sad. Along those same lines, the author explores the duality of death. We are all humans, we make mistakes, but immediately following someone's death, those mistakes tend to get brushed aside, at least for a little while. No one likes to speak ill of the dead and I've never been at a funeral and heard someone say "It's really too bad about Dave, and by the way did you hear that he was having an affair with his neighbor?". No, we leave well enough alone until the smoke has cleared. But when someone has wronged you and then they have the gall to die, it's really hard to deal with the grief and your anger. You feel like you don't have the right to be mad anymore. But death doesn't erase the sins of the past and McBride is so good at making the reader gr
MissAliGirl on LibraryThing 7 months ago
How well can you really know someone? That is the question Maggie asks herself time and time again. As all the secrets and lies told by the someone she trusted entirely come out after his death. How well can you really know someone? Does it matter? After they are gone from this world, do the secrets and lies change anything? Do they change everything?Those are the questions that kept my head in One Moment, nonstop, until I read the very last word. The story is fairly predictable from the start. There are clues everywhere that lead to what Maggie eventually comes to realize herself. But that isn't where the tale really lies. It's not in the mysterious actions of her dead boyfriend and two of her best friends. The tale is how you deal with learning that the person you loved before they died wasn't necessarily the person you knew and the effect it has on how you cope with their death. Does it make it easier or so much more complicated? Maggie is an endearing character from the start, she's real and you can easily relate to her. Adam is the nice guy, the type you hope your teenage daughter brings home. Caring to a fault and I instantly liked him. All the other characters where interesting and played their parts well.One Moment is a touching tale of heartbreak, struggle, self-awareness, betrayal, lies, truth and healing. You run the gamut of emotions with this one but I think it ends in a nice fitting place. Thank you Egmont USA & NetGalley.
thehidingspot on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Since the moment I finished Kristina McBride's debut novel, The Tension of Opposites, I've been waiting for her to offer readers something new. When One Moment arrived unexpectedly at my doorstep, my wait was finally over. But now the moment of truth was upon me... would my high expectations be met?Yes! Those expectation have been met and exceeded and I want to jump up and down and tell everyone how undeniably brilliant One Moment is. (Phew.) It has been a couple weeks since I finished reading McBride's sophomore novel - and by "reading" I mean "inhaled in a matter of hours" - but it refuses to leave my head. I find myself thinking about it when my mind randomly connects things in real life with small, sometimes seemingly insignificant details from the story.The other day, someone mentioned a quilt. In the novel, right after the accident in which Maggie's boyfriend Joey ends up dead, Maggie huddles on her couch wrapped in a quilt her grandmother made. I was immediately transported back to Maggie's world and found myself thinking about and revisiting parts of her story. I might just be a crazy person, but I like to think that it's Kristina McBride's ability to appeal to her readers' emotions and pull them fully into her characters' worlds that keeps bringing me back to One Moment time after time... no small feat!While both of McBride's novels are contemporary YA that feature rather dark, sad events and female protagonists, they're a world apart. While I could clearly tell that One Moment was a "McBride" novel, it was unique and had it's own power completely separate from that of The Tension of Opposites. Maggie is very different than McBride's first protagonist, yet I still connected deeply with her, just as I did with Tessa.There is so much more I could say about One Moment, but I fear becoming spoilery, so I'll stop while I'm ahead. If you're already a fan of McBride, for goodness sake, preorder One Moment! For the rest of you, if you like a well written contemporary YA rife with emotion, mystery, drama, and romance, you simply must read this novel... and The Tension of Opposites while you're waiting!
ChayseBWB on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I haven't really had the chance to read much contemproary novels latley but luckily I was able to pick up this book and I wasn't upset with it one bit.What I loved the most was the whole mystery behind the whole accident. The suspense that built up throughout this book and the truths that unfolded with every page turn. Well we all know this saying, "The truth hurts." And trust me, with all the truths that were being spilled, sooner or later someone was going to get hurt.The suspense was what kept the book moving for me. Everytime I would put the book down, it wouldn't leave my hand for more than a couple seconds because of where I left off, or me just wanting to know more.Suspenseful beyond belief, anything could happen in One Moment, and it only takes One Moment for it to happen. I totally all readers to go check this book out and give it a chance, because it will leave you happy as ever.I give this book 5 souls!
AmberFIB on LibraryThing 7 months ago
One Moment is the first book I've read by Kristina McBride, and I have to admit that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. McBride is a master at showing instead of telling, and for the most part, the characters' reactions are believable and realistic. Each character is flawed, but I couldn't keep from caring about each of them. Even Shannon, who does some terrible things over the course of the novel. Each character also grows throughout the story, and by the end, everyone has changed. The dialogue is annoying at times, and McBride used the same three words to describe everything. The plot isn't unique, but it is well thought out. Even though there was no big mystery and no action, I still could not put this book down. I was as obsessed with getting to know the real Joey as Maggie was. To me, that is the mark of a good book. One Moment begins at the gorge, and we get to walk through witness first hand what happened through Maggie's eyes. However, there are some parts missing from what we learn at the beginning of the book, and it isn't until the last half of the novel that we learn everything that happened on top of that cliff. I like how McBride showed us who Joey was instead of telling us who he was. From my brief observation of him, I could tell that he was full of life and wildly irresponsible. My assessment proved to be true, but he was also so much more than that. He was a liar and extremely selfish. The more I learned about him, the less I liked him. I don't think he deserved to die, but he did deserve a good kick in the business. Maggie is a very weak character at times, and she refuses to believe what is right in front of her. Over the course of the story, she learns how to face things and that the truth, while not always pleasant, is important in order to live a balanced life. She also learns who her real friends are and aren't. Her friends, Tanna and Adam are my favorites, other than Maggie, of course. I didn't get to know Tanna as much as I would have liked, but this novel wasn't really the place for that. I did get to know quite a bit about Adam, though, and the more I got to know about him, the more I liked him. He is kind of the "anti-Joey." The book is fast paced, but nothing felt rushed. The plot, while not unique, is intriguing, but I really feel that it was McBride's ability to make the reader feel what her characters are feeling that had me hooked. I laughed and cried right along with Maggie. When she told Joey goodbye, I told him goodbye, too. I felt everything she felt, other than her guilt. If I'd been in her place, I would have had a lot more guilt than she had... or at least a lot more guilt than I, as the reader, was shown. I didn't feel like she felt guilty enough for her pain about Joey's death to be completely believable. I would have liked a little more time spent on how she felt responsible for his death. That would have made things seem a bit more realistic. The two main things I didn't like about this book are the descriptions and some of the dialogue. Everything was "sugary." The sky was sugary, the donuts were sugary, the ice cream was sugary, everything was sugary. Seriously there are plenty of other adjectives that can be used. Also the dialogue really annoyed me at times. I hated how McBride insisted on writing, "whaddo you mean?" instead of, "what do you mean?" Seriously, most people say it like "whaddo," there is no need to write it out phonetically. That's just obnoxious. And it wasn't just for one character. Every single character, if they were going to say "what do you mean," it came out "whaddo you mean." That took me out of the story and was extremely unnecessary, in my opinion. Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a good contemporary YA novel. It's not some feel good novel, but it is an excellent summer read. There are some heartbreaking parts, but the ending allows the reader to hope for happiness for Maggie, after all. Also, One Moment is a beautiful story of
woodtop255 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
What I Liked: One Moment is a great beach read. You can kind of turn off your brain and go with it. I liked the writing style of the author and felt she depicted teenagers in a realistic and honest way. The first few chapters were really good and kept me reading. I also liked how we went through the phases of grief with Maggie as she came to terms with not only the death of her boyfriend, but finding out he wasn¿t exactly the person she thought he was.What I Didn¿t Like: I kept waiting for MORE to happen. During 272 pages nothing much happens. The big reveal about Joey¿s secret can easily be guessed from the get-go. I think there was plenty of potential for a big twist to surprise the reader. I also felt the story lacked character development. I would¿ve liked to know more about Maggie and her life outside of Joey.Star Rating: Three out of Five Stars
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
**This review contains spoilers** I'm always looking for an unreliable narrator and I loved the premise of this one. Sadly, I didn't like any of these characters. Maggie is naive and painfully self-centered and the rest of her friends aren't that great. Well, that's not entirely true. Tanna and Pete are completely flat and used as filler. Adam had promise, but he was thrown to the side. And of course Joey and Shannon are bad for glaringly obvious reasons. My main problems with the book: •Maggie acting like her and Joey had been together for eleventy billion years. Yes, it's high school and 2 years is a long time, but seriously. •All of her friends basically telling her to get over it after finding out that her BF had been cheating with one of her BFFs for a year. •How all of a sudden {literally a week after finding out and getting her memory back} she realizes she's had feelings for Adam all along. The plot line was promising and that's what kept me reading. I was hoping it would turn from being filled with drama and pettiness. Alas, it didn't and I'm left feeling disappointed. **Huge thanks to Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**
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eternalised More than 1 year ago
One of the most heart-wrenching but beautiful books I’ve ever read. I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much while reading a book. The mystery is suspenseful as well, and I had to read this in one sitting – I couldn’t stop. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gonna buy it
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
There’s not much I can say about this book. It was a good story with a few sad moments, lots of anguish and drama, and the “twist” or “secret” Joey kept wasn’t such a huge shock or noteworthy revelation, but at least it was something a little different for a change. The characters were relatively likeable, but again, nothing special. I finished One Moment in less than two days and if you don’t mind the emotional bits, it really is a quick, easy and straightforward read with a beautiful ending. I definitely want to read more titles by this author. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A powerful book full of real emotions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It made me want to cry at some times and it was by far one of the best books i have ever read.
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nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
Maggie is anticipating a great summer vacation. It's the summer before her senior year of high school, she and her friends are breaking loose and having fun, and she has plans for a special surprise for her steady boyfriend Joey of two years when his parents go out of town and leave him home alone. But then everything changes with the sudden death of the boyfriend that is like a bright light in a dark sky-- full of life and intense energy and recklessness. Helping Maggie through these trying days are her best friend Adam and girlfriends Shannon and Tanna. But questions arise surrounding Joey's death and the weeks leading up to it, and Maggie begins to wonder whether she really knew Joey at all. I really enjoyed this lovely little YA novel.This was my introduction to author Kristina McBride, and I found the writing very effective, bringing scenes to life for me. The author does a wonderful job of beautifully capturing the fresh passion of new love. At times gritty and spirited, other times emotional and sentimental, the story grabbed me and held me throughout. I don't recall a moment when I was bored or wishing it would end. The characters were well-developed. I wanted to comfort Maggie, shake Adam, at times even slap Shannon. But most of all you will find yourself becoming Maggie's cheerleader. My final word: In a word, how did this book make me feel in the end? Hopeful...
Ginger-Read-Reviews More than 1 year ago
How well can you really know someone? That is the question Maggie asks herself time and time again. As all the secrets and lies told by the someone she trusted entirely come out after his death. How well can you really know someone? Does it matter? After they are gone from this world, do the secrets and lies change anything? Do they change everything? Those are the questions that kept my head in One Moment, nonstop, until I read the very last word. The story is fairly predictable from the start. There are clues everywhere that lead to what Maggie eventually comes to realize herself. But that isn't where the tale really lies. It's not in the mysterious actions of her dead boyfriend and two of her best friends. The tale is how you deal with learning that the person you loved before they died wasn't necessarily the person you knew and the effect it has on how you cope with their death. Does it make it easier or so much more complicated? Maggie is an endearing character from the start, she's real and you can easily relate to her. Adam is the nice guy, the type you hope your teenage daughter brings home. Caring to a fault and I instantly liked him. All the other characters where interesting and played their parts well. One Moment is a touching tale of heartbreak, struggle, self-awareness, betrayal, lies, truth and healing. You run the gamut of emotions with this one but I think it ends in a nice fitting place.
eBook_Addict More than 1 year ago
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.
Starryblue More than 1 year ago
Once I finished reading One Moment I realized that I did not find the book entirely depressing. I was surprised to discover that I actually enjoyed reading it. The plot was a bit slow paced. The reader gets to go on an emotional journey with Maggie, the protagonist, and figure out what occurred on the cliff when Joey died. As the plot moves swiftly along there are flashbacks of background information for the reader to digest. I thought Maggie’s close knit of friends had a special bond. They were so close with one another and knew each other since they were young. Maggie was the narrator of the story. She had to go through the grief cycle of losing her boyfriend from a terrible death. Maggie must find courage within herself to accept that her boyfriend, Joey was not a perfect person. She must be strong enough to discover Joey’s hidden secrets. At first Maggie seemed like a person who could easily be swayed to make a decision. I thought this because she fell into peer pressure. Eventually Maggie transformed to a person who was more self-aware with herself. The main reason why I liked Maggie was because I felt connected to her. Whenever she went through the phases of grief, guiltiness, denial, regret, and acceptance I could feel her emotional state. The emotions allowed me to imagine how Maggie was feeling. While, reading One Moment I could not bring myself to understand why Maggie loved Joey. Immediately I saw beyond his exterior and knew right away that he would not be my favorite character in the book. I was relieved when Maggie uncovered Joey’s hidden secrets. Before discovering his secrets she held him on a pedestal and ignored his horrible behavior. Maggie was truly blind in love. It took some time for the hidden veil to disappear and for her to realize that Joey was not a flawless person. My favorite character was Adam. He was such a sweet and considerate friend. Adam was always there for Maggie. I viewed him as the type of friend you could always lean on for support. Mainly what drew me to Adam was his mysterious secret. He won my heart when he took Maggie away from seeing Joey dead body at the cliff. During that exact scene I just new that he had some special feelings for her. Two other characters that I really found delight in were Pete and Tanna. I adored Pete because he loved playing his guitar and always tried to make his friends happy. He was the peace holder. Tanna was outgoing and a trusting friend. Another element of One Moment that I loved was the music mentioned. There was Nickelback, Cee Lo Green and many more. This is a great factor for me because I’m pleased to read a book that includes music that I am familiar with and enjoy. I will surely be looking out for more books by Kristina McBride. Her writing captures so much emotion into a book. I highly recommend One Moment to readers who love a strong and emotional book.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
This is a contemporary with a lot of emotion, that is for sure. I love how it was written where we have this big dramatic scene at the beginning where Joey dies. The catch? Maggie can't remember what happened, and we piece everything together right along with her. I like how Kristina McBride wrote in the memories of Joey, while at the same time, revealing not so savory stuff about him that Maggie didn't know before. I got to see why their relationship worked and why she is so messed up about it, while at the same time feeling this rage against a book boy. Like her, I am caught in the middle of a mess he left behind. The title is so fitting, One Moment. Because it really is mind blowing how just one moment, that may even seem insignificant at the time can change things so much, and then there are those big moments, happy or sad that you know is going to effect your life, even if you know know how. My only complaint is that I wished that we figured out what exactly happened sooner so that we could see more growth in Maggie instead of basically being told about it. I also pieced together what happened pretty far ahead of Maggie, but I don't think that took away from my reading experience. I liked how it ended, tied up but still loose at the same time, with her making peace, and being able to start moving on, while still holding on the right amount to be healthy, or at least on the road to getting there.
rachelnaddeo More than 1 year ago
One Moment was an incredible novel. Despite being a contemporary novel, I enjoyed every second of of it. Even though the story was a bit predictable (not that much though), the characters were anything but. McBride does an amazing job in describing things in a way that you can almost imagine you being in there with them, furthermore she shows us that one single moment, can really change everything. The plot: I can't say that One Moment wasn't predictable but some things did take me by surprise. But I do have to mention that the author mentions one character's actions a lot and then it was almost obvious that she had more to do with the story. But I thought that the story itself was beautiful and more importantly, beautifully written. It shows us the different stages and different reactions of grief. One Moment would really suit people going through someone's loss. The characters: The characters were obviously flawed and yet likeable. But what I enjoyed most about the characters was that they were all really realistic. Maggie was a great main character. And McBride really has a way of showing us what she is feeling, so that we can relate to it. One Moment may be one of the most heart-wrenching novels I have ever read. But it teaches us so many things about life and loss. Sad novels aren't mostly my thing but I couldn't not have enjoyed this one. I recommend McBride's novel to anyone who is going through something similar and all contemporary fans out there will certainly love this book!