Review: The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
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.
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I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t a terribly emotional read for me but more so that I enjoyed the journey of this novel. I loved Ben, who would have thought that a 10 year old would capture my heart within a matter of pages and hold it hostage? He was adorable, sweet, and I wish more people in the world would be like Ben. Then there is Maggie, I really enjoyed reading the progression of Maggie learning to cope with her blindness. This is something completely unique to this book, I have never come across anything like this in Young Adult.
This had story had everything I wanted and hoped for in a Young Adult novel, romance, angst, self-discovery, family drama, self-realization, learning what really matters in life, and finding out who your friends really are. This could have been a sob fest but I am really glad that Marci didn’t rip out my heart…she just slapped it around a little bit instead. I am really looking forward to see what comes next, maybe a sequel book? I would love to learn more about the secondary characters! This book is definitely about the journey…but the destination was pretty great too.
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