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Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met.Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future... before she loses everything she has grown to love.

336 pages, Paperback

First published September 4, 2015

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Marci Lyn Curtis

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Marci Lyn Curtis is the author of young adult dramedies THE ONE THING and THE LEADING EDGE OF NOW. She lives near Tampa, Florida with her husband. You can find out more about Marci on her website (marcilyncurtis.com), on Twitter (@Marci_Curtis), on Instagram (@marcilyncurtis), or on Facebook (marcilyncurtis).

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635 reviews1,621 followers
August 10, 2016
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When a book has you staying up late and crying at 2 in the morning, you know it’s undeniably good. The One Thing, however, is not only undeniably good but brilliant. Upon finishing in one sitting, The One Thing turned instantly into one of the best YA contemporary books I’ve read this year.

I was lucky to receive an early draft from the author and while I was more than excited to read, I didn’t particularly know what to expect. I didn’t expect to be so hooked from the very first chapter that I couldn’t put down the book for the life of me until I turned to the last page. I didn’t expect to laugh so hard at the main character’s sarcasm and fun banter. I didn’t expect to fall completely in love not only with the love interest, but with his completely adorable kid brother too. Most of all, I didn’t expect the strong emotional punches that Marci Lyn Curtis packed with her story.

What I did expect was to read about a girl who was struggling to come to terms with becoming blind. Maggie used to be a soccer star before she lost her sight. Her professional soccer dreams suddenly upturned, alongside with basically her whole life, she’s taken aback when she meets ten year old Ben Milton, and she suddenly can see. Ben’s spina bifida doesn’t stop him from being adorably quick-witted and mature for his age and as Maggie becomes fast friends with the young boy, she learns that while she may have lost her sight, she hasn’t lost her heart.

Nothing beats having a heroine you want to root for. Maggie is probably one of my favourite narrators ever. I only wish I had her sass. I loved her voice and narrative SO much. Not only was she utterly hilarious, she was also so honest and authentic. I just couldn’t help but love her strong personality. Moreover, I loved her growth in the book, especially as she grappled with her strained relationships with her mom and best friend and embracing her life as it is now.

As for Ben, no words can describe my love for this kid. I once wrote a list of List Of Awesome Quirky Contemporary Kids and while it needs to be updated, Ben totally tops the list, with his infinite charm and funny wisecracks. I’ve never read a more vibrantly happy character as him. Still, like Maggie, he was very realistically portrayed. All of the characters were, actually. Ben’s brother, Mason, who is Maggie’s love interest was also awesome and I loveeeee the slow-burn romance between them.

Finally, the writing in this book is also something to behold. The fabulous musical aspect incorporated in the story made Marci’s prose even more lyrical and resounding. Not only do her words give you all the feels, they also inspire you to think and ponder the things (the people most especially) that we value and love and the circumstances that reveal us.

Now can we change The One Thing’s title to The Best Thing yet? I’m mostly kidding- I really wouldn’t change a thing about this amazing book. I swear, it is an excellent read. If you’re looking for your next favourite book, Marci Lyn Curtis’ witty, passionate, heart-soaring debut novel is it.
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Author 2 books266 followers
October 14, 2015
I thought this book was pretty darn good, all 199,376 times that I read it.

But then, I might be a smidge biased.
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315 reviews165 followers
October 12, 2015
That's the one thing about being blind: you see people as they really are.


Six months ago, Maggie became sick with meningitis that caused her sudden blindness, but when that happened she lost more than her eye sight. She lost her dreams of going big with soccer and getting college scholarships, she lost her friends and even her relationships with her parents, which became distant and awkward. Yet things change when an ungraceful fall lands her with a bruised head, and something she never thought was possible for her again: her sight. Well, more specifically, she sees a little boy, Ben, and quickly learns that her vision only extends to him.

So, I'm just going to say it outright: this book disappointed me. I thought the concept was interesting and new, but it suffered greatly by way of execution.

I had a love/hate relationship with the writing (but mostly hate). On the one hand, I thought Marci Curtis wrote with a lot of wit and sarcastic humor (which I love), and her sentences were all so creatively crafted and metaphoric (another plus in my book), but my main issue with the writing was that it did a lot more showing that it did telling. Seriously, the narration drones on and on, and is practically 90% monologues (maybe I'm exaggerating, I'm not sure), and what little dialogues that are speckled throughout the text are often longwinded and tedious, rather than having a natural flow of exchanges, you know, like normal conversations often have. There's also a lot of redundancy in the text. I prefer tight writing and I found some of the sentences to make little sense:

He moseyed toward his destinations at about half the speed of smell. (What does this even mean???)

I couldn't get any words to transit to my mouth. They slid around in my brain, unable to find an exit. (this is just an awkward sentence)

In my experience, they [healthy foods] tasted like either dirt or air--like something nasty or like nothing at all. (Again... what?)

Dad was the most ho-hum guy on the planet. (Is ho-hum even a word? *looks up in dictionary* okay you got me there, Marci. But seriously.)

Ben was the grand pooh-bah... (Now you're just making up words! Pooh-bah?! What does that even mean?! *finds out it's a real word* OH COME ON!)


But there was more...

For a woman who struggled to pronounce "twelve o'clock," Hilda sure knew how to materialize on my doorstep at exactly twelve o'clock. (Yes, because we all know that people with a foreign accent obviously can't read time)

Her no had two syllables, the first one for the no and the second one for the rest of the story. (I'm no longer sure how to pronounce the word no)

Brothy things were not my cup of tea. Mostly because I didn't like my tea served with wilty vegetables floating around it.
(I'm pretty sure tea and soup are not equivalents)

The rough waters of the Estrogen Ocean were not easily navigable.
(You have got to be kidding me)


Another huge problem I had was with the overall characterizations. None of the characters were strongly developed (including the MC), and some not at all. It was unfortunate that her parents were so poorly developed (they just had stand-in roles in this novel) because I wanted to better understand what they were going through and why Maggie's disability caused their relationship with her to suffer so much, especially with the mother. And Ben was so freaking adorable, but not once did I picture him as a kid. What ten year old kid do you know talks like this:

I am not flirting, per se. I cannot help that I am a sexy piece of man-flesh.

Woman, your words wound me greatly.

The thing is, Thera? I just had one of those aha moments. The ones Oprah is always talking about?
(Is Ben supposed to be a ten year old, or a middle aged woman?)


And I completely was not buying the attraction/insta-love between Mason and Maggie. The way Maggie was so on and off about him, made me want to slap some sense into her. One minute she's furious at him for giving her the cold shoulder, next second she's daydreaming about the way his voice sounds pronouncing syllables. It was annoying, and it made Maggie into a twit. But despite Maggie flaws, I still think she was a likable character, I just wish she would have been a smarter one.

Overall, The One Thing had an interesting premise, and a lot of unmet potential, but it just didn't meet my expectations. There's nothing really going on in the pages, the ending is pretty predictable, Ben, Mason, and Maggie's relationship is obvious plot convenience that doesn't feel the least bit organic, and what started off for me as intriguing quickly faded into boredom.
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1,220 reviews
June 26, 2017
Esordio davvero meraviglioso questo della Curtis! Si tratta di una storia, un libro, un mondo speciale.
L’autrice mette il cuore nelle pagine e si vede, in più, può contare su una scrittura fluida semplice e diretta, eppure magica. Un esordio che mi ha scaldato l’anima, riempito il cuore e che, ovviamente, mi ha fatto versare non poche lacrime. Lo ammetto, anche se con me non vale, Curtis, perché sono di lacrima facile!
Una storia che può risultare già sentita, ma che invece, è tutto tranne come una se l’aspetta.
Maggie ha 17 anni, una passione sfrenata per il pallone e, a causa di una grave forma di meningite, ha perso la vista da 7 mesi. L’allegra ragazzina di un tempo ha lasciato il posto ad una persona cinica, disincantata, svogliata, che non si aspetta più nulla, chiusa, che non si fida di nessuno. Ma l’incontro con Ben, dolcissimo bambino di 10 anni, affetto da spina bifida e un concentrato esplosivo di entusiasmo, gioia e intelligenza, inciderà (per forze molto maggiori) sulla nuova vita di Maggie.
“Cos’è che ti rende speciale?” è questa la domanda che Ben, con una tranquillità impressionante, rivolge a Maggie, una domanda semplice eppure potentissima, che ha smosso qualcosa sia nel mio cuore che in quello della protagonista. Segnatevela, rileggetela, capitela fino in fondo e, una volta fatto, non potrete più fare a meno del piccolo Ben, che sia per Maggie che per il lettore sarà un punto di svolta, di partenza, un salto verso qualcosa di diverso e nuovo, una nuova esistenza più consapevole e più profonda di quella passata.
Ho adorato ogni singolo componente di questa storia, ed ho amato ancora di più come la Curtis ha gestito la parte romance, che è presente e molto dolce, che non è istantanea ma assolutamente perfetta per un libro del genere, che non stona, ed invece crea un’armonia spontanea e quindi magnifica.
Insomma, la Curtis è riuscita a rapirmi e a trasportarmi in una storia assolutamente realistica, emozionante, dolorosa e brillante allo stesso tempo! Non me l’aspettavo proprio, sono molto entusiasta!
Lettura assolutamente consigliata!
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542 reviews408 followers
September 1, 2015
Thank you to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for providing this ARC.

Oh. My. Gosh. I have no words to express just how much I loved this book. It’s one of the best books that I have read this year and let me tell you, I’ve read a lot of amazing books in 2015. But this one flew right there near the top. It’s absolutely fantastic, cute, beautiful, so intense at times, heartbreaking at others (yes, I cried, shut up). I just want to shove this in everyone’s hands and make them read it, because it is fabulous.
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Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met.Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future... before she loses everything she has grown to love.

I cannot fully emphasize how much I adored this book. It had me laughing out loud withing the first couple of pages. And that’s no easy feat, as I tend to not be amused so easily by books. Maggie’s character is fantastic: she’s sarcastic, funny as hell, likable overall, despite her unlikable moments and very real - her voice was so refreshing to read. The author managed to convey in a simple, yet effective manner, all that Maggie has gone through and how that affected her. I wouldn’t be able to imagine what it would be like to lose my sight from one day to the other, but I got a pretty good idea here - I could relate to Maggie and much of what I’d do would mirror her actions.
I ADORED Ben. Ben was the little brother I wish I’d had. He’s funny, mature for his age, smart and a smartass at the same time, incredibly kind and I felt for him SO. MUCH. My heart swells just thinking about him. All the characters were likable and very realistically portrayed. I loved the family angles in this book - it not only explored Maggie’s illness and interactions with Ben, but also with her family and with Ben’s. I loved that the romantic aspect didn’t overtake the general theme of the book - of friendship, overcoming adversities and finding yourself again, finding that one thing that makes you you. It stayed more in the background and it’s refreshing to see something like this - not every book has to have romance. I felt a lot that it was a coming of age novel, because you can see how much Maggie grows throughout the book. But she grows in a way that stays true to herself, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

I cannot find any fault with this book. I read it in one sitting and hardly felt the time pass by. The writing is phenomenal, heartfelt, real, accessible, engaging. I need you all to read this book. It’s original, and you will have a blast with it. READ THIS BOOK.

★★★★★

Publication date: September 8th 2015
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391 reviews135 followers
February 7, 2017
* I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.

This book was really really good! It definitely surpassed all of my expectations. It was funny, sad, real, heart-wrenching, well-written, relatable, smart and fun to read. I think this book is going to be really popular because it's so good! As for Marci Lyn Curtis, I hope she writes more amazing novels like this one. This was an incredible debut novel! It kind of reminded me of something Sarah Dessen would write (one of the brilliant ones) so if you like her writing, you should definitely read this.

The best thing about this book is the writing. Marci Lyn Curtis wrote some hilarious passages in this book, it was laugh out loud hilarious (and I don't really laugh out loud at a lot of books!). This book was one of the funniest books I have ever read. Maggie was so funny, I loved her character. Another great thing about the writing was how relatable it was. I'm not blind but I could relate to some of the things Maggie was going through. Maggie had a lot of really great insights into the world and her thoughts transcended from her life to my life.

All of the characters were really well done. I absolutely adored Ben, he was a little sweetie. Mason was probably my least favourite character. I didn't really like him until about 80% into the book. There was no insta-love in this book though and so I did like the way Marci Lyn Curtis executed the romance. It felt very realistic.

Another wonderful thing about the book was the relationship Maggie had with her parents. It felt so real and it broke my heart. I could really relate to a lot of Maggie's feelings about her family.

This book had a wonderful pace, it was a lovely quick read. This book was a little clichéd but most books are these days. I still thoroughly enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend this book. I would definitely read another book by Marci Lyn Curtis as I think she is extremely talented.
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617 reviews86 followers
September 27, 2015
I LOVED IT SO MUCH! Seriously, read this book.

I was intrigued by the description of this novel, especially since I wasn't sure what it would be about. I didn't know what to expect, but it made me want to read it even more. I'm so glad I did!

I absolutely loved Ben and Maggie's friendship. Ben is the most adorable kid ever and I just want him for myself (which sounds weird, but it's okay. You'll understand if you read this book). I loved how he reacted to Maggie's news about her seeing him even though she's blind and I adored the way he kept trying to kiss her and saying that she's his girlfriend, even though he's way too young for her. I thought he was simply incredible. I know Maggie feels bad because she thinks she's using him to see, but in my head, it has always been clear that from the beginning, Maggie loved this kid and wanted to spend time with him because of how happy he makes her. It touched me more than I would've expected and I cried more than once.

I wasn't really expecting a love story in this novel, but I was happy to discover there is one. Although it's really not what I'll remember the most about this book, it's sweet and cute and I loved it. Also, I really enjoyed seeing Maggie angry and passionate, since she's an incredibly funny character. I wish I could be more like her, except without all the trouble she gets into.

Maggie's story made me sad, because it must be incredibly hard to lose your sight so suddenly. I understand why she pushed her friends away, but I can't imagine being her friend and seeing her get through all of that while being excluded from her life. They must have been really sad, too. I was glad to see her embrace her handicap and become happy again, even trying to make other friends. It's a great character development.

I can't think of anything that I disliked in this novel. It's something that I would recommend to anyone.


(Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
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726 reviews621 followers
December 1, 2015
3-3.5 stars

As a contemporary romance fan, I expected to love The One Thing. But poor book, it had the unfortunate luck to be read right after Illuminae. When you follow a mind-blowing book with a good book, well, it's hard not to compare, and this one doesn't hold up... to Illuminae or to other contemporaries I've loved this year. I just felt like something was missing, something that would make it memorable for me in the future.

That's not to say that The One Thing doesn't have a lot going for it. Actually, I think contemporary YA fans are going to eat it up. It's extremely funny and heartfelt and has a rather humbling message. The main character, Maggie, lost her sight six months ago thanks to an unexpected illness. Her life has naturally turned upside down and inside out. She can't do the things she loves any more - like playing soccer - and she's lost her friendships. By some miracle, though, she meets a ten-year-old boy and she can see him (and even things around him). For the first time in a while she feels whole again. Except, her friendship with Ben - precocious, charming, adorable Ben - shows her so much more about life than she had been giving it credit for. Maybe losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she's dreamed of.

Maggie has to be one of the most hilarious characters I've ever met. This girl could teach a class in sarcasm. If you like to be in someone's head who can spin one-liners and sass like no one's business, you'll want to read The One Thing for Maggie alone. I wish I had thought to highlight some of my favorite quotes, but just trust when I say she will have you cracking up. The same can be said of Ben, who I thought was a little creepy at first but he is pretty much the most adorable thing ever. He's clever and curious, and he has the biggest heart, always putting others before himself. He's a special kid, that's for sure. Maggie and Ben play off each other perfectly, her dry humor to his enthusiastic pondering. I love how much positivity he brought into Maggie's life.

But how could Maggie see Ben? Obviously I won't spoil that here, but it's one of the reasons I struggled with the book. I thought it stretched the limits of realistic fiction, making the overall message about "blindness" and "seeing" what's right in front of you a little too on the nose. It's a catalyst for Maggie reconquering the world and finally making steps in the right direction again, yet I thought these scenarios came off a tad too forced at times.

I also wish Maggie's other relationships had been better developed. In particular her mom, who is distant and disinterested. She leaves a lot to be desired in the mother department, and yet she gets off way too easy for her lack of mom skills. I never understood why she treated her daughter the way she did; it's like she just stopped trying, but we never find out why because she never fully explains herself. I wanted more than just a fight and a make-up conversation between them at the end. Then there's Mason, Ben's older brother and Maggie's crush, who we don't get to know much about, especially in the first half. Maggie is endearingly smitten with him, which I found realistic and hilarious, but I don't think he spoke more than twenty words to her. He's wary of her friendship with Ben, a protective side that I thought was sweet, but I would have liked more personality from him. As such, their romance is sadly underdeveloped, despite having a couple of genuine scenes toward the end.

While The One Thing is not a favorite of mine, I do think it will touch a lot of readers and put them in a nice happy place while reading. I was doing plenty of smiling myself, and, more importantly, I was rooting for Maggie to feel passionate about life again. This being Marci Lyn Curtis' debut, I won't hesitate to pick up her next book!

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at Love at First Page.
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189 reviews102 followers
April 2, 2016


First of all: I received an early copy of this book from Netgalley and I'm over the moon excited that I got to read this gorgeous book! It's Marci's debut and I already know I'll read her next books as well!

Halfway through the book I already knew this would become one of my favorite books ever and well, it's true. It's funny, sarcastic, serious and heartwarming ... it's emotional, unbelievably sad but at the same time cute also makes you so, so happy. Seriously, I love this book with all my heart and even hugged my kindle after I was finished, it's THAT good. I immeditaley fell in love with the characters - they seemed so real and down to earth that I couldn't help but connect and feel with them. Especially Ben found a quick way into my heart and I'm sure you'll love him as much as I do ... there's seriously no other way. This kid is EVERYTHING. Such an awesome friend, very funny, motivating and with this general positive way of looking at life ... you can only be happy around him!

I also really liked Maggie as our main character. She's been through a lot and at first I felt sorry for her because it's hard to lose your sight, I imagine, but she's a great person and learned from her mistakes and everything life threw at her way. She's strong and doesn't need pity from other people. I just liked her a lot and admire her for her strength.

And then there's Mason ... oh my dear god. Swoon-worthy and drop dead gorgeous Mason Milton. *sigh* He's Ben's brother and the lead singer of Maggie's favorite band and ABSOLUTELY awesome! Like with (almost) every character there's so much more about them than what we first see ... that's the same for Mason. He's kind and cares so much for the people he loves. He's passionate. And well, he sings. In a band. I mean, that alone is already awesome but damnit. I totally understand why people fell in love with him, I'd be no different!

The storyline is amazing and I adored every little thing about it. It's a little mysterious and leaves you wondering about the why's and how's of everything and there was not even one moment of boredom. None. Marci's humor is great and I caught myself laughing out loud a few times but she's also incredibly talented when it comes to writing emotional and serious scenes. Yes, I cried. It wasn't pretty and my feelings were all over the place but it was totally worth it because her writing is brilliant and so, so easy to read! I liked that a lot!

Overall, I just want to recommend this book to EVERYONE because I loved it so much! I don't even want to let go of these great characters and the awesome time I had with them. Honestly, I wouldn't mind to read a little more about them but I knooow it's a stand-alone so yeah. Let me just tell you, that it's definitely worth your time and a really, really good book that easily became one of my favorites and I have no doubt it could be the same for you! Just give it a try!

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August 8th, 2015
One word: EPIC.

I totally recommend EVERYONE reading this masterpiece! It's definitely worth it! ♥
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897 reviews51 followers
July 26, 2020
4,5 / 5
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706 reviews35 followers
March 10, 2017
Rezension | Alles, was ich sehe von Marci Lyn Curtis Beschreibung
 
Seitdem Maggie erblindete, ist nichts in ihrem Leben mehr wie es einmal war. Ihr Traum ein großer Fußball-Star zu werden ist schlagartig geplatzt und das Einleben an der neuen Schule für Blinde fällt Maggie nicht gerade leicht. Nach einem unglücklichen Sturz passiert das unvorstellbare: Maggie kann wieder etwas sehen.
 
Die Sehkraft ist nicht vollständig zurückgekehrt, doch einen kleinen Ausschnitt um den zehnjährigen Jungen Ben kann Maggie von nun an deutlich wahrnehmen. Hoffnungsvoll klammert sich Maggie an diesen kleinen Lichtblick, vertieft die Freundschaft zu Ben und lernt dadurch auch seinen großen Bruder kennen. Mason ist Frontsänger in Maggies absoluter Lieblingsband und so hofft sie auch mit ihm ein freundschaftliches Verhältnis schließen zu können. Jedoch hegt Mason starke Zweifel an Maggies Blindheit.
 
Meine Meinung
 
Durch „Das Jahr der Königskinder“ wurde ich auf diesen besonderen Debütroman mit dem Titel „Alles, was ich sehe“ von Marci Lyn Curtis aufmerksam. Gott sei Dank, denn bei diesem Jugendroman handelt es sich um einen kleinen Buchschatz!
 
Marci Lyn Curtis spricht in ihrem Debütroman kein leichtes Thema an. Was tun wenn man plötzlich blind ist? Wie wieder in ein normales Leben finden? Welche sozialen Kontakte pflegen? Und als ob das alles noch nicht genug wäre, spielt sich die ganze Geschichte auch noch mitten im Prozess des Erwachsenerdens ab.
 
In einem sehr schönen, leicht poetisch angehauchten Schreibstil entführt die Autorin in eine unglaubliche Story. Hautnah erlebt man aus Maggies Perspektive mit, durch welche Ängste und Hoffnungen sie sich konfrontiert sieht. Klar ist es auch ihr Charakter der am deutlichsten zum Tragen kommt, die größte Tiefe besitzt und eine wahnsinnige Entwicklung durchläuft. Dennoch konnten mich auch die „Nebendarsteller“ durch ihre Gutmütigkeit und moralischen Stärke beeindrucken.
 
„Alles, was ich sehe“ hat meinen Horizont erweitert. Die spannende Reise durch die Gedankenwelt eines blinden Menschen hat mich tief beeindruckt und lässt mich diese Menschen nun besser verstehen.
 
Über die Autorin
 
Marci Lyn Curtis wuchs in Nordkalifornien auf, wo sie Biologie studierte. Sie lebt mit ihrem Mann, ihren zwei Kindern und einem Dackel in Maryland. „Alles, was ich sehe“ ist ihr erster Roman. (Quelle: Königskinder)
 
Fazit
 
Ein außergewöhnliches Buch über Freundschaft die Mut verleiht und stark macht!
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317 reviews100 followers
August 10, 2015
2.5 stars

Six months ago Maggie lost her sight, naturally her life was turned upside down, she lost her friends and her soccer dreams. Then meets a ten year old named Ben, and she's really surprised about the fact she can see him, and everything around him.

I expected this to be better, especially with that unique premise. As a huge fan of YA contemporary I expected to love this but I just didn't have the same reaction everyone else seemed to have. This book wasn't bad it was just a little too predictable for me and I didn't really get the insta-obsession Maggie got over Mason.

The one thing (haha) that brought the book to life was Ben. He was so fucking cute.

**ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
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438 reviews845 followers
December 30, 2016
4.5
Meraviglioso libro su un tema praticamente introvabile tra i YA, la cecità.
Ogni personaggio è ben caratterizzato, ma il migliore è senza dubbio la protagonista Maggie, la ragazza distrutta che per accettare la sua situazione allontana tutti e che grazie ad un bambino stupendo riacquista momentaneamente la vista.
Sinceramente mi è piaciuto molto di più di Colpa delle stelle (anche se i temi non sono esattamente gli stessi, la trama di fondo è simile), si concentra più sull'amicizia e sulle gioie della vita (la scena con Maggie, Ben e Mason sulla spiaggia mi ha fatto venire gli occhi lucidi), non sull'amore romantico e l'inevitabilità della morte.
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884 reviews52 followers
August 28, 2016
Endlich mal wieder ein Buch, dass ich nicht aus der Hand legen konnte.

Schuld daran ist vor allem der zuckersüße 10-jährige Ben, mit seiner bezaubernden Art. Aber auch die Hauptfigur Maggie hat mich mit ihren humorvollen und sarkastischen Sprüchen überzeugt. Zudem mag ich es sehr, wenn Personen eine positive Entwicklung im Laufe der Geschichte machen. Aber auch bei anderen Charakteren hat Marci Lyn Curtis ein besonderes Talent. Ich mochte sie einfach alle.

Die Story hat es außerdem geschafft, mich immer wieder zu überraschen. Hier werden keine Klischees bedient. Die Romanze erscheint fast nebensächlich und dann musste ich mehr als einmal mit den Tränen kämpfen.
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Author 9 books624 followers
December 5, 2013
I had the distinct pleasure of being able to read this book recently, and IT. IS. AMAZING. Fantastic plot? Check. Original and compelling characters? Check. Unique voice? You bet. THE ONE THING drew me in from the first sentence and never let me go. You're going to want to keep your eyes open for this one, and the author Marci Curtis. She's going to light the shelves on fire when this comes out.

* While Marci is a friend of mine, this review is an objective one of her work.
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113 reviews21 followers
June 21, 2017
Dieses Ende war eine absolute Achterbahnfahrt der Gefühle! Umwerfend, toll, emotional 😍😩
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77 reviews22 followers
September 16, 2015
Find out how you can win a signed copy of The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis on Writer For Misfits. There'll be 2 giveaways open to US residents and an INTL giveaway.

We take a lot of things for granted, that's for sure. And if we lose a thing that means a lot to us, then we'd feel like nothing else matters anymore, that we're incomplete and we cannot function anymore. The One Thing serves as an eye-opener, that even in times of pain and obstacles, there is hope and you are not alone.

Maggie, a 17 year old girl, who gets her eye sight taken away from her after getting bacterial meningitis. She thinks everything is over, her relationship with her family, her friendship and her soccer career. To Maggie, not being able to see feels like a burden. She rebels, gets herself in juvenile custody but later encounters a ten year old boy, Ben. To her surprise, she sees him. She actually sees him and she wonders why. Ben becomes the flicker of hope to Maggie's life and almost at once, her life turns into a spirally road, with her heart and faith challenged with every turn.

What is this book? How did it come to exist? This is me in rabid fangirl mode right now. This book is one of the best reads I've had had in a while. Let me get into detail. Maggie is a character that you'd think you wouldn't like, but she's actually honest, no nonesense, sassy, witty, sensitive and kind. Her predicament makes her cold and distant towards others, but meeting Ben, we get to peel off layers in Maggie, and she becomes a revelation of sorts.

Speaking of Ben, HALLELUJAH, praise the Lord for this kid. It's so refreshing to read this kid with his humor and wit. As though the light at the end of the tunnel to Maggie, Ben brings light and hope in this novel. And the best about Ben is his views on everything, as if each turn could turn positive. And he's 10! I can go on and on about this kid. He's sensitive and he cares about his family and friends. I think we all wish we could have a Ben or a kid with this much positivism in our lives. Even with his own predicaments, Ben doesn't fail to shine a bright smile and exude his charm. And please, I'm sure one day this kid is gonna win over a number of girlfriends. There, there Ben. She'll come one day.

I love the Milton family. They've become a way for Maggie to see a sliver of hope in her situation. And they exude so much good vibes, it's great. Of course, with a bit of an exception with Mason, who is Ben's older brother. He's a lot more reserved. If I could describe Mason, I would compare him to Adam Wilde, Where She Went stage, a little rough of the edges, but still has his soft side in him. The romance in this book is subtle, not too "slap in the face", cheesy but in the right way, sweet without being overly sweet and definitely had the right way of build up. I enjoy books that build up romance and doesn't hide the fact that it is existent, rather than denying it. Though Mason is not my favorite in this book, he did bring something nice to the table. The other characters were also quite great! Clarissa, with her overly sweet self, is actually the person you'd want to cling to the most. Lauren made me remember that I had a ton of fake friends in elementary and in high school. Oh well. Maggie's parents are on their way to adjusting, thank the heavens. And Grandpa Keith rocks!

A rollercoaster of feelings, the humor and drama are meshed together so well. I would be laughing at first and then I'd frown and then I'd be staring off to a distance, contemplating, "what if I end up in the same situation as Maggie, what would I do?" It wasn't afraid to show how big of an obstacle Maggie's blindness was but then it made it all the better when she was actually doing something about it. I related a lot with Maggie. Rather than her blindness, crippling her somehow, my sadness would at times take me into a place where I'd feel anxious about a lot of things, and I wouldn't like to mingle with other people anymore. But there are things, like Loose Cannons, that make everything better, or meeting people like Ben who help me. I think we all go through a time in our lives where we actually need to set ourselves free from reigns that hold us back and try new possibilities, no matter how scary they can be or may seem. And the scene with Ben. You don't make me laugh/cry like that. You don't. How dare you? I love you.

My THING. What is my thing? The thing that makes me happy? Reading I would say, but I have a lot of THINGS I would say make me happy and are helping me through tough times. And I'm glad Ben pointed them out. I almost forgot what they really mean.

Marci Lyn Curtis is a genius. Though it might seem kind of vague to believe that if you end up blind you'll see a person from some strange reason, it does give light to the issue that no matter the challenges ahead, and even if you have a disability, it shouldn't hinder you from doing the things you love and trying out new things as well. It was written as if I'm just talking with a friend, discovering new feelings and possibilities, telling me frustrations and I'm like, yeah yeah.

The One Thing is a refreshing read that will give you hope and will instill in you to be more positive about the world and that there are people who love you no matter what happens to you. A truly beautiful book, The One Thing is my new favorite Thing.
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327 reviews70 followers
July 29, 2018
Признавам, че не започнах романа с голям ентусиазъм, но той се оказа повече, отколкото съм очаквала. „Моето нещо“ проследява историята на сляпата Маги, която проглежда отново, но само в компанията на едно десетгодишно хлапе. Сърцераздирателна, разказваща за загубените мечти, но и за създаването на нови, за вътрешната борба и силата на приятелството... Това беше една емоционална книга, която ме вдъхнови, разсмя и просълзи.
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1,125 reviews600 followers
February 19, 2017
You guys, this book was SO GOOD. If you’ve been following my reviews for a while you know I don’t hand out five star ratings for nothing, and this book wholeheartedly deserves it.

I will be the first to say this isn’t a perfect book. It has a number of little flaws that I was well aware of whilst reading it, which made me think to myself, ‘then is this really a five star book?’

And the answer is yes, it definitely is. It got me to thinking about the other four star books I’ve read this year, but even if I loved those books this was just so much more enjoyable in comparison. Every time I picked this up Maggie’s voice would suck me right into the story. Not to mention this book was exactly what I had been craving to read right now.

The One Thing is not a book I would typically pick up. It follows a girl named Maggie who was well on her way to becoming a professional soccer player before she fell ill and lost her sight. A few months later Maggie is struggling to adjust to her new lifestyle when she meets a quirky ten year old boy and can suddenly see again when she’s around him.

All together, it’s an incredibly adorable story but packs an emotional punch as well.

I’m the sort of person who either falls in love with a contemporary novel or gets bored after a few chapters, and this novel was written in a way that was perfectly suited to YA contemporary.

Maggie is one of the strongest narrators I’ve ever read.
She can be a bit judgmental at times, but she feels so well developed, like a real person I could meet and become friends with. She’s sarcastic at the right times and really essential to making this novel as good as it is.

Maggie’s relationships with the other characters are so compelling and wonderful. Her relationship with her parents is developed. Her friendships were so well written, and I absolutely loved her spunky best friend Clarisse.

Her dynamic with the young boy, Ben, is absolutely fantastic. Even though it was a little odd at the start, this 17 year old girl hanging out with a 10 year old, I quickly got over that was able to appreciate their snarky and adorable dynamic.

The end was emotional and a little cheesy but I loved it all the same. The story wrapped up in a wonderfully satisfying way.

I do feel that I should warn you about the very small things I wasn’t a fan of:

Ben does not act like a 10 year old in the slightest. I get that he wasn’t really supposed to, but it’s always been a pet peeve of mine when children in books or movies act way older or younger than they’re supposed to be. He acts much older.

I also wasn’t a fan of the romance AT ALL. I wanted to like it, but it just wasn’t my thing. It kind of felt unnecessary? Like I already loved the book and the romance really just didn’t work for me, but this might just be me because I tend to be very particular on romances.

But other than that, this was an amazing novel. It might have helped that I had no expectations at all going into this and didn’t really even think I was going to like it. But sometimes the best books are the ones you didn’t think you’d like!

I absolutely recommend this book to anyone even slightly intrigued! It’s just so well written and adorable, probably one of my favorite books so far this year. Go read it!
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229 reviews21 followers
September 16, 2015
3.5 stars

The One Thing tells us the story of teenager Maggie who has been blind for six months due to a complication with meningitis. She is struggling to come to terms with her blindness and to adapt to her new way of living. Maggie soon meets ten year old Ben who has spina bifida but is so full of life that she is quickly drawn to his infectious personality. But there is also the small matter of her being able to see him and a small area surrounding him. She doesn't know if she's somehow getting her sight back or if she's just going crazy but either way she loves spending time with Ben. She is also surprised to learn that his brother, Mason, is the lead singer of her favourite band.

I really liked Maggie. She has a very sarcastic humour which I related to well. She has spent her life working towards her dream of being a professional soccer player, following in her mother's footsteps, and having to give up on that has left her feeling a bit lost. She's lost her friends and her college ambitions and doesn't quite know what to do with herself. I liked that she didn't let people get away with being asses and told them exactly what she thought of them. It was easy to respect her in those situations.

Ben was undoubtedly the highlight of the book. He is so adorable! He doesn't let his disability get the better of him and is just so nice to everyone. He's a little bit quirky but has a good heart and tries to make everyone around him happy. Everyone should have a friend like Ben!

Mason is a bit of a love/hate character for me. He was incredibly moody at the beginning and was so quick to judge Maggie without taking the time to listen or talk to her. I found it annoying that she was still so infatuated by him at those times when he was just being an idiot. I did love his protectiveness over Ben though. It was really sweet how he looked out for his brother.

Despite the fact Mason is the love interest, the romance isn't an overbearing element of the story which I liked. It was slow and often in the background to allow other things to take precedence. I'm glad about that as it was much more interesting to see Maggie's friendships with Ben and Clarissa develop as well as see her begin to embrace her blindness.

I didn't really get the point of Maggie being able to see Ben. I won't spoil the reasons for it but I did guess it very early on. We find out why she can see him but it's not really explained in great detail. I think the book would have worked perfectly without this element as Maggie and her relationships with the other characters were so great. I don't think she needed to have seen anybody at any point; I think she could just have easily made those relationships and come to terms with her blindness without the added element of her being able to see Ben.

Overall, I did enjoy reading this book but a couple of elements did bother me. Ben and Maggie are both interesting characters to read about but the added, almost supernatural, element didn't really work for me. I did enjoy Maggie's development throughout the book and I was pleased with the way things ended.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Disney-Hyperion.
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Author 16 books1,465 followers
February 21, 2015
"After all, circumstances don't change us. They reveal us."

Well. This is definitely one of the best books I've ever read.

Ever since 17-year-old soccer star Maggie lost her sight 6 months ago, she's been a passive participant in a life she never imagined for herself. She's angry at the world and she's all but given up. When she meets Ben, an intelligent and hilarious 10-year-old, everything starts to change. He, quite literally, lights up her life, and together they embark on a friendship that is among the most entertaining and heart-warming relationships I've ever had the pleasure of reading. This unassuming kid with a big-toothed smile and an interest in reading entire encyclopaedias breaks apart the darkness in Maggie's world and shows her that life isn't really about what you see but what you choose to notice.

Maggie SLAYS as the narrator. She is so real; her disgruntlement at being blind, her sarcasm, her wit, her self-deprecation, her sass, her observational humour all combine to make her one of those people you wish were real so you could hang out with them.

And there's a whole host of brilliant characters including Ben's brother -the broody and handsome rockstar, Mason, their hippie, snap-happy mother, Maggie's hilarious gramps, her ambitious, distant mother and her troubled best friend. With Maggie at the helm of such an eclectic group of personalities the story unravels into a soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are.

The One Thing is an inspiring read that grips you on the first page and doesn't let go until long after it's over. It has this wonderful authenticity and charm that will surely make it a great success when it's released next year. I will be so surprised if it doesn't win awards.

Seriously. The One Thing is Special.
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497 reviews84 followers
January 2, 2018
I wondered what that sort of ignorance would feel like, wondered what it would be like to not yearn to see the things I loved—the sky and the colors and the life.

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I miss those minutes right around twilight, when it isn’t quite daytime, but it isn’t nighttime, either. It feels magical somehow, like you could do something phenomenal without even trying. I miss the scarlet in sunrises. And clouds. Stars. God, I miss stars.

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So, okay, that was... breathtaking.

Literally took. my. breath. away. And yes, literally. Not in the figurative sense of the word, but really, literally.

I felt like I was blinded with all that literary goodness.. No pun intended. Yeah, if you've read the book, you'll get the pun, because---yeah, anyway, moving on. But, really. This book was nothing like I thought it would be. It was refreshingly sweet and heart-swelling, and I feel like my heart was about to pound out of my chest any second from all the frantic beating. Gah.
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With this, I'd like to point out three things about the three characters:

1. Maggie appeared to me as someone who was so full of color, even though she was literally deprived of it because of the loss of her eyesight.
"I dreamed in vivid Technicolor: light, color, texture, and sound, all synchronized into movies in my head. But when my world disappeared, the visual quality of my dreams began to fade with each passing night. The emptiness from my waking hours crept in, and my once-bright images blurred, became nebulous, and then finally blinked away, leaving nothing but random voices, thoughts, and ideas.

But tonight, I dreamed."

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2. Ben immediately stole my heart. He felt so much more to me than a ten-year-old kid, and to say that he has a heart of gold is putting it mildly. If I were to choose who was my favorite character in this story, it would definitely be Ben.
"You were wrong, you know," I told him. "Swimming isn’t your Thing. It never was. Not really. Your Thing isn’t just one Thing, but a lot of Things—being part of a bigger whole, letting others have the glory, proving you’re capable and strong and intelligent."

I looked up at the ceiling and blinked several times, trying to clear my vision. "Your Thing is treading carefully through life, refusing to hurt anyone or anything." My voice cracked horribly. I brushed away a tear that was scuttling down my cheek before going on. "Somewhere inside of you, you notice this is good. And so, you swim. You swim to show everyone that, although you don’t always get to choose your circumstances, you can always choose what you notice in them."

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3. Mason was always said to be larger than life, and in a way, he really is. I've had difficulty in cracking his personality during the early parts of the book, but I already knew that I was going to love him just the same, and I did.
"Mason sat on the other side of me, resting his elbow on his propped-up knee while he stared at some unknown point on the horizon. He looked as if he were in a photo shoot for Rolling Stone magazine. The thing I was discovering about Mason was that he didn’t try to be larger than life, and this was what actually made him larger than life. He was so understated and so simple that he was grandiose."

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I don't want to babble and ruin the simplicity and brilliance of this book, so to simply put, The One Thing was something I couldn't put down. Every page was worth something unimaginable, and I definitely appreciate how Marci Lyn Curtis pieced this together. It was something very magical on its very own.

5 stars for this brilliant piece!
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696 reviews116 followers
August 22, 2016
Maggie hasst ihr neues Leben als Blinde. Sie will keine tapfere Kranke sein, und auf Unterricht von anderen Blinden kann sie gut verzichten. Nach einem missglückten Streich passiert es: Sie kann wieder sehen! Nur einen Ausschnitt der Welt, genauer: einen zehnjährigen Jungen namens Ben. Mit Hilfe des altklugen und hinreißenden Jungen scheint sie einen Teil ihres alten Lebens zurückzubekommen. Und Bens großer Bruder Mason ist Sänger in Maggies Lieblingsband. Und ziemlich attraktiv. Doch er lässt sie abblitzen, weil er denkt, dass Maggie ihre Blindheit vortäuscht – was ja irgendwie stimmt. Dann kommt heraus, warum sie ausgerechnet Ben sehen kann.

Es ist noch nicht so lange her, dass ich Jane & Miss Tennyson gelesen und dadurch den Verlag für mich entdeckt habe. Allein dadurch schon habe ich von Maggie und ihrer Geschichte einiges erwartet.
Ich habe bestimmt schon Bücher gelesen, in denen blinde Personen vorkommen, aber ich müsste eine ganze Weile nachdenken, um das sicher sagen zu können. Auf jeden Fall haben sie nie eine solch große in dem jeweiligen Buch gespielt wie hier Maggie. Es ist etwas Besonderes, die Geschichte aus ihrer Sicht zu lesen, ihre Blindheit ist gleichzeitig etwas ganz Anderes, als das, was man kennt und alltäglich normal. Maggie muss eben damit leben, genau wie ein Mensch, der ein Bein, verliert, damit weiterlebt und seinen Alltag dem anpasst.
Ich war nicht sofort so begeistert von dem Buch wie am Ende. In der ersten Hälfte stößt Maggie jeden von sich weg und Teile der Kommentare von ihr und Ben fand ich seltsam. Mehrmals dachte ich beim Lesen: „Gut, aber nicht mein Geschmack.“ Doch je näher Ben und Maggie sich kamen, desto weniger störte es mich, wenn es überhaupt noch vorkam.
Ben ist mit Abstand mein Lieblingscharakter gewesen, er ist eine Mischung aus dem 10-jährigen Kind, das er ist und jemand viel Älterem. Ein Beispiel: Der Originaltitel des Buches, The One Thing, bezieht sich auf Ben, der Maggie nach ihrem absoluten Ding fragt und ihr den Rest des Buches lang, nachdem sie sagt, dass sie keins hat, hilft, es zu finden. Und ich finde, da ist von beiden etwas drin, von dem kleinen Jungen Ben und von dem weisen Ben und genau das macht ihn aus.
Die Liebesgeschichte zwischen Maggie und Bens Bruder Mason spielt, wie schon in Jane & Miss Tennyson, eine kleinere Rolle. Man merkt erst langsam, dass Mason und Maggie sich näher kommen und selbst dann ist das Band zwischen ihnen erst zart und zurückhaltend und nicht der Mittelpunkt der Geschichte. Das Buch punktet viel mehr mit Ben und der Geschichte um ihn herum, denn etwa ab dem Moment, als man erfahren hat, wieso Maggie ausgerechnet ihn sehen kann, war ich überzeugt und konnte es nicht mehr zur Seite legen.

Über die Autorin:
Marci Lyn Curtis wuchs in Nordkalifornien auf, wo sie Biologie studierte. Sie lebt mit ihrem Mann, ihren zwei Kindern und einem Dackel in Maryland. „Alles, was ich sehe“ ist ihr erster Roman.

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Alles, was ich sehe ist auf verschiedene Weisen ein besonderes Buch, das mir letztendlich ans Herz ging und mich trotz einiger Einstiegsschwierigkeiten voll überzeugt hat.
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1,084 reviews1,010 followers
September 30, 2015
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This book was cute. Super cute, really. Not that it didn’t have hard moments, because it absolutely did, but the cute moments are what stuck with me when I was done reading. The life lessons, the relationships, the friendships, the witty characters, those are what endeared me to this book. The plot was fine, but the characters were remarkable!

First up is Maggie. Goodness, I adored Maggie. She was blind, but only recently found herself as such. She’s sarcastic, and kind of pessimistic, but very real and honest. She’s not thrilled with her new circumstances, as you’d imagine, and she isn’t going to be putting on airs for anyone.

But then she meets Ben. Ben has spina bifida, and Ben is basically all the awesome things in the world wrapped into one ten year old boy. Ben is a swimmer, which of course captured my heart. He’s incredibly smart, charismatic, funny, and charming, and he wins Maggie over immediately. Maggie’s having a terrible time adjusting, as is her family, and she clings to Ben as an escape. She adores Ben’s family as well, but Mason, Ben’s brother, is leery of her motives.
There’s another really awesome character, but I don’t think it’s fair to tell you who it is, you should find out for yourself! Anyway, these people converge to take Maggie’s sullen, likely depressed outlook and revamp it. Because around Ben, Maggie can see.

There is a reason for this, and the reason is important. But Maggie doesn’t know that, she just soaks up every moment of sight that she can get her hands on. Of course, this inevitably leads to conflict, because who is actually going to believe that someone can randomly see after being blind? I admit that this part detracted a bit from the book for me, because it seemed so implausible. But everything that Maggie experience leads her to where she needs to be, where she can rebuild her life.

Bottom Line: It’s a touching story, even if the plot sometimes felt just a tiny bit cheesy. The characters were amazing, and the messages were fabulous and so, so important.

**Copy provided by publisher for review**
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470 reviews132 followers
January 3, 2016
When I read the synopsis for The One Thing, I was immediately captivated. I read a book about a main character who is blind before in Wattpad and I loved it, so of course I was anticipating this one. I was expecting this to be a bit depressing given the situation, but no. The main character is so snarky and her friend Ben is a ten-year-old smart ass. Gosh, I have so much love for this book, and I read this just at the right moment.

The journey that the main character took was fantastic. She didn't rely on anyone else but herself, and she changed mostly for herself too. Yes, Ben and other circumstances were catalysts, but she changed and snapped out of it because of her own realizations and not because she fell in love or was told to do so. This book took me to a roller coaster of emotions; I smiled, laugh, cried and bawled my eyes out. (And yes, I realized that I said cried and bawled my eyes out because those were the stages of my crying.) But what I loved about this book was that even though I cried my eyes out, it made me feel so happy and so full of life. It made me feel so inspired that I just wanted to jump up and start really living. The book was just so honest, so gritty, and so full of life.

Romance was not a central part of this story. It was only on the side that Maggie and Mason's romance bloomed, but oh my gosh, I still felt a rush of feels. This book is also filled with lots of amazing quotes, and now my copy is full of pink tabs because there were just a lot of amazing passages. I haven't rated a contemporary book 5 stars in a long time, but this book is no doubt a solid 5! I couldn't even put this book down while I was reading it, and when I absolutely had to, it was like the Choppin + Clarissa song in Maggie's head - it's constantly there on my mind.

I was a little sad that this book had to end, but I realized that for me, the story will never end because I will bring it with me in my heart wherever I go. This book is just full of meaning, emotions and life; it's monumental. If you haven't read the book yet, then what the heck are you waiting for? Hurry up and go buy yourself a copy! This is definitely a must-read.
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Author 43 books1,588 followers
February 16, 2014
High school loner, Maggie Sanders, gets the shock of her life when, after years without sight, an encounter with a younger boy, Ben Milton, allows her to see again. Only… she can only see him and the small area illuminated around him. Not sure if she’s hallucinating or experiencing the greatest miracle possible, she befriends the fascinating boy whose spina bifida doesn’t stop him from appreciating and learning about life- right down to reading through every encyclopedia and joining a swim team. His health-obsessed, vet-tech mother, a great believer in natural treatments to all health problems, is the heart of his off-beat family and welcomes Maggie into the fold. Better yet, Maggie discovers that Ben’s older brother, Mason, is none other than the hot lead singer in her favorite, yet elusive band. Yet Mason isn’t as glad to meet her as he doesn’t buy her story that she’s blind (so hard to fake when she can seem him as long as Ben is around). He believes she’s just using his little brother whom he protects. Thus starts Maggie’s incredible journey toward understanding her ever-growing ability to see certain people, and her growing feelings for Mason, a romance that is as charming and unique as this amazing story.

I adored every bit of this ‘must-read-in-one-sitting’ book (actually it took me all day and half the night…). Maggie is sarcastic, smart, funny, and has a big heart that she’s kept guarded all these lonely years. Ben’s effervescent personality is contagious and you can’t help but fall in love with him, as well as his gorgeous, mysterious older brother, Mason. Ah, Mason. He’s the bad boy with the big heart all of us girls which we’d tamed in high school. It’s wonderful to watch all of these characters grown and change as the novel progresses to its heart-stopping conclusion. This novel will make you laugh, cry and most of all think. Like Maggie, the way you view the world will be profoundly altered after finishing this amazing story. And isn’t that what all great books are about- making us see ourselves and our world in new and amazing ways? I can't wait to read more from this talented author!
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