Published: September 8th 2015, Disney Hyperion
Acquired: Via NetGalley
What’s the story?
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 a while, Maggie starts to realise 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 favourite 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.
What did I think?
Maggie, our main character, is the star of the show here. Although the plot is strong, it’s Maggie’s characterisation that makes The One Thing such a fun, engaging read. It’s not laugh out loud funny from beginning to end, a quick glance at the summary will make that clear, but Maggie is a really memorable, whole character who has flaws and strengths and opinions. Oh, and Ben? So awesome. The romance was slow burning and didn’t take over the story, which I always appreciate, and this one gets a solid thumbs up from me.
Who would I recommend it to?
Fans of Jennifer E Smith who are looking for heroines with a little bit more bite.