Marci Lyn Curtis
I received an e-copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
What I Liked
Ben and Maggie’s Friendship: I enjoyed that The One Thing was centered around Ben and Maggie’s friendship. Often YA stories focus on romantic relationships, but this one centered on friendship. A friendship that didn’t turn into a romantic relationship! Because of the age difference. Plus, I liked that Ben and Maggie’s interests weren’t identical. They introduced new things to each other and just enjoyed spending time together; Maggie didn’t spend time with Ben because it was socially acceptable or she was growing out of her friends. Even though there were times Maggie spent time with Ben for self-interested, self-destructive reasons, for the most part, she was a real friend to Ben.
Maggie’s Character Development: I can’t even begin to imagine how I would react if, like Maggie, I lost my eyesight and had to relearn how to live. That’s why I enjoyed Maggie’s development so much. Sure, in the beginning, she kept setting herself back and wasn’t trying to acclimate to her situation, but I’m sure I would’ve reacted similarly. However, over time, Maggie realized that she was her own obstacle and that if she tried, things would eventually get better. As an added bonus, it didn’t take a boyfriend or crush for Maggie to come to this realization. (Yeah, the repetitiveness of YA is starting to get to me so I had to point it out.)