Travis Stephenson is returning home from a year of active duty in the Marines. While in Afghanistan, his best friend is killed during an ambush, and T...moreTravis Stephenson is returning home from a year of active duty in the Marines. While in Afghanistan, his best friend is killed during an ambush, and Travis is having a hard time dealing with the ghost of his friend. On his 30 day leave, he returns home to find out that his brother is now with his ex-girlfriend (who Dear John-ed him while in Afghanistan) and his parents are having a rocky relationship. He never thought he'd feel like a stranger in his own home.
After Travis runs into an old classmate, Harper, his 30 day leave starts to look up. Once finding forgiveness for a '7 Seconds in Heaven' moment gone awry, Travis and Harper start developing a relationship like nothing Travis has ever experienced.
His ghost won't leave him alone, though, and his nightmares prevent him from getting a good night's sleep. Travis must learn to let go before he loses himself.
Being a sister-in-law to an Army man who just finished his third tour, knowing a friend whose husband was a Marine and killed in the line of duty, and having a friend who served in the Air Force, this story hit home for me. I expected it to be a girl's story, from the cover, but was surprised and thankful that the story was written from Travis's perspective.
Excellent debut and I look forward to much more from Trish Doller.(less)
6 friends. Inseparable. Best friends for years and secrets aplenty. Maggie and Joey, the lovestruck couple of the mighty band of friends, are prepared...more6 friends. Inseparable. Best friends for years and secrets aplenty. Maggie and Joey, the lovestruck couple of the mighty band of friends, are prepared to have the summer of their lives when a horrible accident on Memorial Day leads to Joey's death after falling off of a cliff. But Maggie can't remember the final moments of his life and what led her to run and hide. Overcome with short term amnesia/PTSD, Maggie tears herself away from life and tries to remember the love of her life, the final moments, and relive all of the beautiful ones.
When Maggie's closest friend, Adam, seems to be keeping secrets from her and the group seems to be falling apart, Maggie comes to realize that sometimes things are not what they seem and the people you love are not always the people you wish them to be.
Powerful and completely full of raw emotions, One Moment explores the heartbreaking summer and the consequences of secrets between friends.(less)
When I first started looking into reading this book, I looked at some other reviews. I couldn't imagine why they were being so vague and saying that t...moreWhen I first started looking into reading this book, I looked at some other reviews. I couldn't imagine why they were being so vague and saying that they didn't want to ruin it for anyone. But after finishing the book last night, putting it down and gazing out into the sky and thinking about my best friend, I understand.
This is one of the only historical fiction books that I have ever read. The friendship is one of those friendships that I understand. When you find your 'person' to be a little Grey's Anatomy-esque.
I really can't say more. Please pick it up. One of the highest recommendations I will give this year, and it's only March, and I am confident that this will be nominated for many awards. (less)