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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,088 ratings  ·  482 reviews
This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail 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 i
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by EgmontUSA
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One Moment by Kristina McBride is a story of the unfairness of life; how things are cut short, how things are not what they seem, how things are stolen, changed, a path diverted in a blink.

Maggie and her friends are at the gorge. Maggie and her boyfriend Joey are at the top of the cliff, about to jump off -- then everything goes blank. Maggie opens her eyes and Adam is urging her out from the bush she's hidden herself behind. There is screaming, sirens, and blood. Joey is dead. The story goes o
I was a little hesitant about picking up One Moment, the synopsis sounded so heartfelt and achy, and I usually have a hard time coping with books dealing with death and heartache, however when I decided to try it, it sort of matched the mood I was in, I remember Reyjne saying once that often the best reading experience comes out of reading a book when you’re in that particular frame of mind or when a book compliments your mood. And for some strange reason this book at that moment in time really ...more
“Fear about what, exactly?'

'Everything,' I said. 'But mostly just the realization that all it takes is one moment for your entire world to turn upside down. One wrong decision, and it's over.”

How do you keep standing when everything that you believed in was all a big, fat lie? This book is about how people can still be so clueless even if the truth is screaming right in front of their face..

Brief Summary:

Maggie and Joey were together for almost two years now. They were friends with a bunch a
Jun 26, 2012 Nafiza rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Dark, atmospheric and utterly compelling, One Moment by Kristina McBride is sure to appeal to readers who like contemporary and the exploration of human nature through literature. While it doesn’t bring anything new or unpredictable to the table, One Moment sets itself apart in the smooth way the prose flows and gradually brings to light what is the heart of the novel. The friendships and the way they are affected by the death of one of the integral members of their group, a person who was more ...more

One Moment by Kristina McBride is set in Blue Springs, Ohio. Maggie Reynolds is sixteen years old and is looking forward to spending summer with her boyfriend of one and a half years, Joey, and their close friends Adam, Paul, Shannon and Tanna. The six of them have been the best of friends for years. They enjoy spending their time at the Jumping Hole but Maggie never jumps until one day Joey convinces her to jump with him. And then tragedy strikes - Joey dies from the fall while Maggie is still
More reviews located at Paperback Princess.

I really did like this book because it made me think. I've always been a what-if kinda girl (I can't let well enough alone) so being forced to think about how I would have reacted was a terrifying experience so you can only imagine how Maggie feels. Especially when she can't remember what happened.

At first you're introduced to everyone that matters in the book which was overwhelming, I was a little confused, but once you fall into knowing who is who the
This would be my first book by Kristina McBride, but it wont be my last. I really enjoyed the way she writes.
I've always been attracted to amnesia-type books, and while One Moment isn't a huge example of that, I still enjoyed the flavor of mystery Maggie was trying to uncover after such a traumatic event.

What I liked most about this book was that even though there was some drama and angst the actions and reactions that these characters portrayed felt very natural and real compared to the over-sc

It's an interesting read, yet I’m still struggling to put into words exactly which parts worked and which ones didn’t. With six people who’ve lived in each others’ pockets it’s not shock how, in essence, they’re a unit. Sure, a couple of them were closer to others but it’s also this fact that made for a more complicated group dynamic. Their core seemed to be Joey though. Wild… crazy…beautiful, they all said, but what else was there to him? That it takes tragedy for them to all open up, open
*Sniffle* this book *Sniffle*

One Moment was not a novel I could devour in one sitting. It took me the better part of two weeks to plow through this story with tear filled eyes. This is a book that had me breaking out the "ugly cry" (don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about). Having lost a close friend to a car accident while I was a sophomore in high school, I found I connected with One Moment on a very personal level. This may also be one of the reasons I had to read in moderate do
***NOTE! Review posted on Ja čitam, a ti?

What Tanja thought about it....

This is a story about girl Maggie, who is just regular teen. She spends her time with her four friends and her boyfriend Joey. Until one day he is dead. Is she guilty for that? She doesn’t know because of the shock after his death. We slowly meet all of them and we discover some things that will change the whole thing. All of them are struggling with his death. All of them are trying to deal with it and some of them blame t
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Initial Impressions 6/11/12: 4.5/5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book! It was a sad story of course, since it revolves around the death of Maggie's boyfriend Joey (Maggie being the main character of course) and the best friend of Maggie's group of 6 friends. It was a very touching story as well as adding an extra layer of drama in there when secrets come out after Joey's death. We get a little touch of soap opera (but not enough to be cheesy or annoying!) when drama unfolds within the group
Oh, just look at that cover, just how beautiful it is!

That was the first thing that grabbed my attention, and then there was the book description - i love stories about memory loss, about characters that need to pick up the remaining pieces of their lives and remember how it was when all pieces fit together perfectly.

On the good site the writing was good, the premise was wonderful and the ingredients for a great read were all there.. so what went wrong then?
It's just that I wasn't invested in
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to Thank Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for sending me an ARC copy of One Moment. When I first saw this book I just knew I had to read it. The cover calls to you. It is so plain but yet so telling.

Maggie is reeling from the death of her boyfriend Joey. They go to the cliffs to jump and when they do Joey hesitates for one moment and when he jumps it's off and he dies. As time goes on Maggie starts to find out things about Joey that don't make sense. As she presses on she has to de
(Received an ARC of this novel in October 2011, months before the release date)

Lovely writing and a likeable main character make ONE MOMENT a great read. Add to that a fast pace and incredible attention to detail, and you can understand why I gave the book five stars.

After Joey’s sudden death, Maggie finds herself suffering from memory loss. She was with Joey in the seconds before his accident, but she can’t remember any of it. The loss of memory is important throughout the book and is handled i
Lucie Fuentes
I have not been able to stop turning the pages of this book ...
First oppressed by the heavy atmosphere revolving around the tragic death of a young man, full of life, then anxious to learn the revelations.

The author perfectly balanced the emotions. I had a heavy heart as if I was part of the band and I had just lost Joey. Kristina McBride was able to easily manipulate me.
Like Maggie, I dove into the investigation to know the truth and learn the secrets that were hiding behind Joey's perfection a
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)

"All it takes is One Moment for your entire world to turn upside down. One wrong decision and it's over."

As a reader, I have a tendency to get attached to some books I'm reading. Being attached meaning I can't seem to stop thinking about its story and its characters and this book once again evoke that certain attachment to me. I never really expected this book to get this much of me, I was expecting something light and ordinary YA story. Instead, what I get is a story full of mystery, depressi
One Moment, was fantastic in its start, and by all accounts deliver on a great story that any reader can enjoy. Maggie's life was irrecoverably changed simply put in One Moment. Joey, Maggie's boyfriend was dead and this once instance changed Maggie's and her friend's lives forever. Lies unfold, relationships were questioned and foundations of friendship shaken and most of all new unforeseen relationships were formed amidst tragedy (Adam's character was the silent yet powerful character that had ...more
While a story of grief, friendships, and betrayal, is not a particularly new idea, I have not read one as well executed as One Moment, in a long time.

One Moment is the story of how one little moment can change everything in your world.

While pretty predictable, the story and feelings feel real, and more realistic to people of that age group. One Moment hurtles forward as you try with maggie to remember what happened, why her friends are falling apart, when they should be growing closer then ever.
Philantha Lestrange
The first time I saw this book, I thought I was going to be up for a mystery. That kind of story where there were clues everywhere and when the truth is finally revealed, your mouth will just hang open for a few seconds and you had to re-read that part because you can’t believe it just happened and you’ll hit yourself (okay, maybe not really) because you thought you were so stupid to miss that one.

I was wrong.

Sure, there were parts that made me want to read it faster so I’d know what really happ
Emily (Book Jems)
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One Moment provided me with my angst quota for the day, maybe even the week. I cried a lot. It was such an endearing and heart-wrenching read. Seriously, it was such a good book. It was one of the best books that I've read in a while. Plus, look at the cover… Such a pretty cover...

One Moment is about a girl, Maggie, who witnesses the death of her boyfriend of almost two years. Maggie and Joey, the boyfriend, joined their four friends, Adam, Tanna, Pete and Shannon,
Medeia Sharif
Maggie and Joey are alone on top of a cliff, ready to jump, but something disastrous happens. Joey jumps off the cliff, and instead of landing neatly in the water he cracks his head against rock. He passes away. Maggie is crying and disoriented. Her friend Adam, who’s nearby, takes her away from the death scene.

Maggie and Adam are later questioned by the police. It was suspicious that the two of them left, but their departure is attributed to Maggie’s shock. Maggie can’t give much information to
Maggie and her boyfriend Joey go to jump off the edge of a cliff into the water but for some reason Joey ends up jumping and she doesn't. He ends up dead and Maggie cannot remember why. The whole book is just Maggie trying to remember and over come the death. Although right from the very first page I caught on to what took over 200 pages for Maggie to see. This book pissed me off. 2 of her friends knew what was going on and yet didn't tell her. THE GIRLS BOYFRIEND DIES AND THEY DON'T EVEN TELL H ...more
This review is originally posted at Smitten over Books. Actual rating: 3.5

I expected One Moment to be heavy. And it was, in a lot of ways. It has every thing a drama would be without: betrayal, deception, lies, and death.

Maggie seems to have it all. A perfect boyfriend and a perfect group of friends. Then one summer, everything changes. Joey's dead and she can't remember anything that happened before the accident. But Joey's death is only the first slip, secrets will spill and it will ultimate
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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What Tanja thought about it....

This is a story about girl Maggie, who is just regular teen. She spends her time with her four friends and her boyfriend Joey. Until one day he is dead. Is she guilty for that? She doesn’t know because of the shock after his death. We slowly meet all of them and we discover some things that will change the whole thing. All of them are struggling with his death. All of them are trying to deal with it and some of them blame
Find Christina's original review here, at The Book Hookup's blog.

**NOTE** This copy was provided by Net Galley but did not influence this review in any way.

The Low-Down: The blurb is pretty telling in and of itself. In the beginning, we learn of Maggie, Joey, Adam, Shannon, Tanna, and Pete, six people who have been best friends since kindergarten, and how they decide to start off their summer before their senior year in high school with a bang. After a long night of partying hard, the gang goes
Aliaa El-Nashar
Sometimes I feel like a hypocrite in regards to when people ask me what I like to read or watch. I would be adamant that I hate watching movies that don’t have a happy ending, yet, ‘A Walk To Remember’ is my favourite movie of all-time. With regards to books, I don’t like reading ones that have you so emotionally involved and easily manipulated by the author, yet my favourite book is ‘Wuthering Heights’.

I actually would have never read this book if I had read the synopsis in advance. A book that
First thoughts:

First off I like to mention that I really loved the cover to this book, it really captures the emotion this book has throughout its entire story…the color choice and image seemed to fit just perfect with the theme of the book. This was definitely a fast and engrossing read, the intensity of emotion that this book brought out in me literally had me on the edge. Any book that can cause serious emotion has no problem grabbing the reader’s attention and this book was no exception. I w
Michele at A Belle's Tales
How many of us wish we could go back and recapture one moment in our lives? Maybe have the chance to change things leading up to a particular time, or even just relive a certain unforgettable occasion? I love the title of this book, One Moment, and everything that title encapsulates.

This is a very relatable story with an extremely likable main character, Maggie. One Moment tells the story of six friends who have been inseparable their whole lives. You wouldn’t think you could possibly know anyo
It's hard to put into words how well versed "One Moment" is for a coming of age/coming to terms summer story. It's a novel of grief over a tragic death, with six friends dealing with the aftermath of a cliff diving venture gone horribly wrong. In the center of it all, in the leading perspective point, is Maggie, Joey's girlfriend. She has to pick up the pieces of her fragmented memory to know what happened on the day her boyfriend died, and eventually come to terms with the healing process and a ...more
Paula Griffith
One Moment by Kristina McBride reminds readers of the first encounter with betrayal. Maggie is happy with her boyfriend, Joey, and is looking forward to spending summer with her friends. On the cusp of summer, she goes to a friend’s party and makes plans to go on a picnic at their favorite swimming hole. On a dare, Maggie decides to plunge into the river holding onto Joey’s hand, when a glimmer off a beaded bracelet sends a jolt of memory through her, an omen that things are not what they seem. ...more
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Kristina McBride has published two novels for young adults - The Tension of Opposites and One Moment. Her third YA novel, A Million Times Goodnight, will be released July 2015. Kristina is a former high school English teacher and yearbook advisor, as well as an adjunct professor at Antioch University Midwest. Kristina has a thing for music, trees, purses, and chocolate. You might be surprised to l ...more
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“What if it's as simple as one moment? One tiny thing, like that kiss on the rocks? What if I'd kissed him a little longer? Would he be alive right now? Or what if I'd stayed with him Friday night, what if I'd been with him… wherever he was?” 38 likes
“Above, leaves fluttered in the moonlight, and I wondered if their whispers were meant for me, if they were imprinted with a code that I needed to decipher. Some kind of important message that would help me get this right.” 15 likes
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