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Gr 9 Up-Maggie and Joey are the perfect couple. He's outgoing and a little crazy, while she's a little more cautious and calm. They have a fantastic group of friends, and the summer between their junior and senior year stretches out in front of them. They're looking forward to parties, hanging at the pool, and the jumping hole. Everyone has jumped numerous times, except Maggie. Her fear of heights has always stopped her, but this time is different. As she prepares to jump with Joey, everything goes blank. There is yelling and her friends find her hiding in the bushes. And Joey is dead. Maggie can't remember a thing from the cliff top and the police are asking questions. Her friends are falling apart around her. Then little things start to happen that make them all begin to realize that Joey was not the legend they thought he was and that they all have secrets. The question becomes not will Maggie remember what happened, but will their friends survive this trauma. One Moment explores themes of loss, friendship, love, grief, and betrayal, and McBride does an excellent job of keeping them from becoming overwhelming. Readers will feel the bond between the teens and their pain. The big reveal is a little obvious, but it doesn't detract from the compelling story.-Melyssa Kenney, Parkville High School, Baltimore, MDα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"Infused with page-turning mystery, One Moment is as heartbreakingly real as it is unexpectedly romantic." Cat Patrick (author of Forgotten)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160684086X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840863
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,677,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 in the fall of 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 learn that Kristina was almost kidnapped when she was a child. She also bookstalks people on a regular basis. Kristina lives in Ohio with her husband and two young children. Visit her online at http://www.kristinamcbride.com.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Breathes Books on June 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a contemporary with a lot of emotion, that is for sure. I love how it was written where we have this big dramatic scene at the beginning where Joey dies. The catch? Maggie can't remember what happened, and we piece everything together right along with her. I like how Kristina McBride wrote in the memories of Joey, while at the same time, revealing not so savory stuff about him that Maggie didn't know before. I got to see why their relationship worked and why she is so messed up about it, while at the same time feeling this rage against a book boy. Like her, I am caught in the middle of a mess he left behind.
The title is so fitting, One Moment. Because it really is mind blowing how just one moment, that may even seem insignificant at the time can change things so much, and then there are those big moments, happy or sad that you know is going to effect your life, even if you know know how.
My only complaint is that I wished that we figured out what exactly happened sooner so that we could see more growth in Maggie instead of basically being told about it. I also pieced together what happened pretty far ahead of Maggie, but I don't think that took away from my reading experience.
I liked how it ended, tied up but still loose at the same time, with her making peace, and being able to start moving on, while still holding on the right amount to be healthy, or at least on the road to getting there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on June 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: Continuing on my summer reading adventure, One Moment was the next book on my list of must-reads. I was super excited to read this one because I had really enjoyed Kristina's first book for young adults and I think she is a very good writer. The plot line of One Moment sounded thrilling and I was curious about the events leading up to Joey's demise. I had a feeling that this book wouldn't let me down since I had such high hopes. I also like the how simple the cover art is, but it's still eye-catching.

First 50 Pages: The plot line holds a lot of suspense and it most definitely had me hooked from the beginning. Maggie's memories are very sporadic and so you never knew when you were going to be given another piece to the puzzle. I think somewhere around halfway through One Moment, I had guessed what was going to happen and by the end, I was a least partially correct. I wouldn't say that this book is predictable, but if you are clever enough you can figure it out. There are clues everywhere, maybe a little bit too much in my opinion after I've had some time to reflect. I'd also like to say that Kristina McBride's writing had improved even further with this book, especially with character development. She knows how to write a good story and keep her readers interested and entertained.

Characters & Plot: The plot starts off fairly simple and becomes more complicated as book progresses. The story follows our teenage protagonist, Maggie, as she struggles to figure out how exactly how her boyfriend Joey died, even though she witnessed the tragedy. Maggie doesn't remember anything that happened, on the exception of the events leading up to Joey's demise. In order for her to move on and come to terms with his death, she must remember what happened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on September 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 then it gets easier. Some of the parts were predictable, (and I won't go into which ones because you need to read it to see) but a few of them did catch me by surprise. Even if you do know whats happening, it is still an exciting journey to follow Maggie and her friends on as they move through the summer after losing their friend.

As far as how these kids did deal with the death, I think that they did very well for the circumstances. The only ones that we really get to explore are Maggie, Joey's girlfriend, and Adam, his best friend. Maggie, does go to see a therapist, but that can be expected since she does had no memory of what happened.

I did find it somewhat sad to follower Maggie though this journey because the hardest thing about losing someone is learning that they were so different from who you thought they were. Often, after someone dies, they become this glorified person who never did anything wrong, when in this case, all of Joey's missteps and flaws were brought to light because of Maggie investigating what happened.

This was a super quick read because from page one you need to know why and how this happened. It took me maybe about 2 days to read this only because my real job got in the way. But seriously, super quick read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Literary Meanderings on June 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's the summer before 17-year-old Maggie's senior year of high school. She and her close-knit group of friends are spending the day at the gorge - a place they frequent together. The day has a mellow feel to it until Shannon, Maggie's more bitchy friend, dares her to finally take the big jump; a jump off of a cliff overlooking the water. It's a jump all of her friends (including her risk-taker boyfriend) have taken before. The one time Maggie tried, she totally chickened out. She decides to take the dare, but only if her boyfriend, Joey, takes the plunge with her.

Once the couple is atop the cliff and ready to run and jump, something goes terribly wrong. Joey ends up taking a shaky jump and hitting his head on a smaller cliff on the way down. Joey dies shortly after.

The problem is: Maggie was the only one on top of that cliff with Joey, but her memories of those moments are a blank spot. She remembers climbing the ascending trail with Joey, and the next thing she remembers is being at home on her sofa, listening to her friend Adam whisper to her mother in another room.

Maggie and Adam are questioned by the police later that day. From what Maggie can gather, she and Joey may have had an altercation before he jumped. Fingers are being pointed, and it doesn't look good for Maggie. Why did Joey falter on a jump he's taken dozens of times? Why did she leave the scene? What secrets was Joey hiding? What happened in those moments before the accident? Is it Maggie's fault Joey died?

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I really enjoyed this book. I read it in one sitting! That's a rarity for me.

There were a couple of lulls in the plot here and there. I also had an issue with how naïve Maggie seemed to be.
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