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One Moment by Kristina McBride Review

Title: One Moment

Author: Kristina McBride

First published June 26, 2012

272 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9781606840863 (ISBN10: 160684086X)

Rating: 3.8


One Moment by Kristina McBride is a heart-wrenching tale of a summer gone wrong. Maggie had been looking forward to the best summer of her life, but it quickly turned into a nightmare she wishes she could forget.

She can’t seem to remember what happened in the moments leading up to her perfect boyfriend Joey’s death. As she tries to piece together the events of that fateful night, she discovers that Joey had been keeping secrets from her.

Maggie is left questioning everything she thought she knew about Joey and their relationship. With each memory that resurfaces, Maggie finds herself sinking deeper into a mystery that seems impossible to solve.

McBride’s novel is a gripping exploration of the secrets people keep and the devastating consequences that can result.

About the Author

Kristina McBride is a talented author who has written four novels for young adults. Her books include THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES, ONE MOMENT, A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT, and THE BAKERSVILLE DOZEN.

In addition to her writing, Kristina has a background in education, having worked as a high school English teacher and yearbook advisor. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Antioch University Midwest and Wright State University.

Kristina has a passion for music, trees, purses, and chocolate. Interestingly, she had a close call with a potential kidnapper when she was a child.

She also enjoys observing what people are reading and recommending books to them. Kristina currently resides in Ohio with her spouse and two young children.

To learn more about Kristina and her work, please visit her website.

Editoral Review

One Moment by Kristina McBride is a young adult contemporary novel that was first published on June 26, 2012. The story follows the life of Maggie Reynolds, a high school student as she tries to cope with the death of her best friend, Joey Wells.

Maggie is haunted by the events that led to Joey’s death and is determined to figure out what went wrong. As she sifts through memories and pieces together clues, Maggie begins to uncover secrets that could have devastating consequences.

Kristina McBride is an American author and educator, known for her ability to blend young adults’ contemporary themes with mystery and suspense. Her writing style is characterized by its fluid prose and vivid imagery, both of which are on full display in One Moment.

The book is a coming-of-age story that tackles the themes of grief, loss, and friendship, and is written in the first person point of view, with Maggie as the narrator. Set in a small town in Ohio, One Moment is a riveting portrait of high school life filled with secrets, lies, and betrayals.

The novel is structured around a series of flashbacks, which take Maggie and the reader back in time to the day of Joey’s accident. As Maggie delves deeper into the past, she uncovers a web of deceit and discovers that everyone around her had something to hide.

One of the strengths of One Moment is the characterization. Maggie is a relatable and sympathetic protagonist that readers will root for.

McBride portrays her as a girl who is struggling to come to terms with her friend’s death while trying to keep her own life from falling apart. The secondary characters are also well-written, with each one having their own secrets and motivations.

The pacing of the novel is also a strong suit. The plot flows seamlessly, with McBride slowly revealing clues and building tension until the climactic final reveal.

The writing style is simple yet effective, and the dialogue between the characters is authentic and believable. However, the novel does have some weaknesses.

While the mystery is intriguing, it is somewhat predictable, and readers may be able to guess the culprit early on. The climax also feels rushed, and some of the characters’ motivations are not fully fleshed out.

Overall, One Moment is an engaging and emotional novel that tackles important themes of grief and loss. Kristina McBride’s writing is captivating, and her characters are well-developed.

While the mystery is not perfect, it is still an enjoyable read. Fans of young adult contemporary novels with a mystery twist will enjoy this book.

Rating: 3.5/5