Author: Kristina McBride
Publisher: Egmont, 2012
Pages: 272 p.
(Once again, this review is from the June 2012 issue of VOYA.)
Maggie is enjoying Memorial Day weekend with her boyfriend Joey and her other four closest friends when the unthinkable happens—Joey dies jumping off a cliff. He had jumped that cliff diving into the local lake many times without incident causing his confused friends and family to wonder what was different about this time. Maggie was also at the top of the cliff and is the only person who could have any answers, but the accident leaves her traumatized and incapable of remembering anything that happened. The five remaining friends struggle to deal with Joey’s death, Maggie’s inability to remember, and their changing relationships.
Kristina McBride has written a poignant heartbreaking tale of how one moment in a person’s life can change everything. The story is told from Maggie’s point of view and McBride concentrates on developing her character. McBride tells the story at just the right pace, leading teens to guess what happened before Maggie realizes it. Teens will identify with Maggie’s pain as she recognizes that her perfect idolized boyfriend was not actually perfect and she did not know him as well as she thought. The story is sad, but not sappy, and ends hopeful, but not unrealistic, and is a worthy addition to teen collections.
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