[Book Review #60] The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

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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.

Book Specifications:

Author: Marci Lyn Curtis

Format: Hardbound

Part of a Series: No. Standalone.

Release Date: September 8, 2015

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

No. of Pages: 328 pages

Price: 1,104.00Php

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Disability, Humor, High school, Contemporary Romance

Book Review:

One of the many reasons why I read this book was because of the positive reviews by my good friends Hazel, Jayvee, and Yvonne. These young women had lots of enthusiastic comments about this book, and being a huge sucker for romance contemporaries, I certainly didn’t want to miss out on this fabulous debut novel by Marci Lyn Curtis.

After having read such beautiful words from my friends, I readily dove right in to read this book. The plot was actually adequate to reel me in. I mean, never have I encountered a Young Adult novel with a character who was blind. Depression, suicide, extreme illness… These are some terms that I can associate with disability in relation to YA literature, but I have never heard of a story that focuses on the life of a blind post-accident. So, that was a plus.

It was then paired with a basic yet fantastic writing style. The story was made much more interesting to read because Marci Lyn Curtis did a spectacular job in telling the story of Maggie Sanders, while mixing in something lyrical and a little poetic. It came out effortless, and because of this, the story went by so fast, making it a fast-paced read. I love it.

I wouldn’t have loved this book as much if it wasn’t for the great blend of characters that Marci Lyn Curtis introduced me to. Ben was another disabled child with a great spirit. Mason was a troubled kid with a great background story. Maggie’s parents were very modern, and relatable.  Marci Lyn did a fantastic job creating characters who a lot of readers, if not all, can easily root for and relate to. See, one of the main reasons why I read, because I want to feel like I can relate to someone. And since the characters in this book actually feels genuinely relatable, I have to say that I am more than delighted with my reading of this book.

Now, I expected for the main character to be as irritating as heck. What? She was blind, and the story was supposed to show the readers how she struggled and attempted to come to terms with her disability. But no. Maggie Sanders was one young woman who certainly knew how to make lemonade. Even if she faced quite a tragic mishap, she was able to pull off being blind AND being a badass. She might not have accepted it as early as she should have, but she did, and credit is certainly due. Whenever she had something witty to say, I was always like…

And lastly, with regards to how the book ended, well, let’s just say that I got what I wanted. I’m that kind of reader who wants an ending to be utterly satisfying. I don’t want to have to read a book, only to be disappointed in the end. And, thank the heavens, Maggie got an ending that she deserved! Also, the questions that a reader might ponder on whilst reading this will all be answered towards the book’s conclusion, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the story.

“The One Thing is a great debut novel by Marci Lyn Curtis. It will make you feel emotions in a great pace, and will leave you gasping for breath as the story progresses. And eventually, her characters will make you crave for more.”

RATING:

Characters – 4.50

Plot – 4.00

Writing Style – 4.50

Pacing – 3.50

Ending – 4.00

TOTAL – 4.10 / 4 Stars

Quotable Quotes:

“That’s the one thing about being blind: you see people as they really are.” – Maggie

“The best way to tackle the things that terrify you is not to overthink them–to just do them quickly.” – Maggie

“You can’t stave off life. Sometimes, life just happens, no matter how careful you are.” – Maggie to her Dad

“There’s something about a light, hesitant touch. It makes you ache for more.” – Maggie

“You were wrong, you know. 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. Your Thing is treading carefully through life, refusing to hurt anyone or anything.” – Maggie to Ben

About The Author:

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Marci Lyn Curtis grew up in Northern California, where she went to college and met an amazing guy in a military uniform. Two college-aged kids and one dachshund later, she lives in Maryland, where she laughs too loudly and eats peanut butter off spoons. The One Thing is her first novel.

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