The One Thing
By: Marci Lyn Curtis
Available Sept 2015
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
I should start off by saying I really enjoyed this book, staying up way later than I should have to finish it. Maggie had her life changed forever when she lost her sight. She can no longer do the things that were most important to her so isn’t interested in trying to do any more than she has to. When she finds someone she can see the only thing that matters is trying to extend the sight past this one person.
I can sympathize with Maggie’s struggles and her unwillingness to let anyone else in. She shut her friends out and wasn’t looking for others. Ben didn’t just give her a limited range of sight, he also opened her eyes to other things.
Ben is amazing. He may only be 10, and Maggie may have started hanging out with him for the sake of her limited sight, but he’s the best character in the book. I loved him and admittedly wanted to cry a little over certain parts of the book. His brother Mason is the puzzle to figure out, the kind of guy you might not think was worth it except for how great he is to Ben. Of course he also happens to be the lead singer for Maggie’s favorite band. She has enough pride not to ask him to share anything about their shows, considering the way he acts with her.
We don’t come away from this book with all the answers. We don’t know why things happened the way they did, but I enjoyed the story enough that I don’t need all the answers. We rarely get them all in life, so why not leave a few unanswered. What I loved were the lessons Maggie learned and the ways her life grew when she gave herself the chance to see that there was life beyond sight.
If you enjoy books with characters who are learning how to live their life after something out of their control changes everything then you should give this one a chance.