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One Moment by Kristina McBride
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May 31, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: out-in-2012, young-adult, mystery, suspense
Read on May 25, 2012

This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley for this book from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for this opportunity!

My overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is Kristina McBride's second novel. I hadn't heard of her before, but was eager to read this one. I loved the cover of this book and I also loved the synopsis and so I decided that I had to read this one.

I read Breaking Beautiful a few months ago which also featured some type of accident where the boyfriend ended up dead and the girlfriend's memory was left in shreds. I think subconsciously going into this one I was comparing the two of them.

However, after a few pages, I realized that these books, although similar on the surface, were completely different from each other. I stopped comparing them and quickly found myself swept away in the story. I've already shared that I have an unhealthy interest in novels about memory loss...this one fit the bill nicely.

The pacing of this story seemed to fly by at a rapid pace (or maybe that was just my frantic reading) which I actually enjoyed. I never felt like the novel had a slow or dull moment. The whole time I was reading this one I was intrigued and riveted by the story.

The characters were all compelling and I found myself anxiously waiting to see how the novel unfolded. There were times I wanted to hit Maggie over the head and tell her to see what was really going on, but I still liked her. You don't really get to know much about her other than her relationship with her friends and of course her boyfriend Joey.

However, I didn't mind getting a snapshot on her life. The novel focused on the accident and the aftermath of the accident. It created a complex picture of a few moments--or one moment as the tile suggests--and I love novels that do that.

This novel pulled on my emotions and made me feel invested in the story. It was a really quick read that was entertaining. This is one that I'd reread. I'll definitely be looking into McBride's debut novel The Tension of Opposites.
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