My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Beware spoilers ahead!
I received this arc via Netgalley and Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.
I’m going to be honest with all of you: I didn’t really have any expectations for this book. I didn’t think it would be good or bad or sad or even magical. I just requested it because I fooling around with Netgalley one day and liked the sounds of the synopsis (even though I wasn’t excited to read this). Let me tell you I was completely surprised by this book.
Maggie Sanders has been blind for six months. After nearly dying from bacterial meningitis she lost her sight. She was bitter that losing her sight took all that was dear from her. She lost her dreams to become a professional soccer player, she had to literally train herself in how to walk and eat, she can’t see the sky or the stars (she misses this the most) and so on. To express her anger and bitterness she decided to pull a prank. It was illegal and she had to do community hours to make up for it. On her way out of her probation officers office she slips on ice cream and bangs her head on the ground. When she finally decides to open her eyes she can actually see the person in front of her. Said person is our male lead ten year old Ben. While she is talking to him she actually forgets that she’s blind. Some time into the conversation realization hits her. She does not understand how or why she can see Ben. Ben takes a certain liking to her and invites her over for dinner. The two become friends quickly.
From the very first page I was sucked into the book. Curtis really knows how to make Maggie jump out of the pages. As I read more pages I realized one thing Maggie is really rude. I understand that she had a lot to deal with but that did not give her a right to be rude. She was like this even with her sight. Ben was a little off putting when he is first introduced. He was slightly perverted and while some ten year old’s are actually like that, it was still slightly disturbing to read that. Despite these flaws I decided to finish the rest of the story. Man am I glad that I stuck it out.
Throughout the book I actually begun to understand all the characters more especially Maggie. While Maggie still wasn’t any nicer I understood her and I actually began to like her. Curtis created realistic and relatable characters in real and scary situations. It was absolutely wonderful to read about all the layers behind the characters and how they grew throughout the book. The friendship between Maggie and Ben was really sweet to read about. Even her relationship with Ben’s mother, brother, and her family and friends.
Out of all the books I have read none of them have got me thinking about life the way The One Thing did. It shows you how life can change in a matter of minutes. It shows you old friendships and new ones. But the most important thing it shows it is how to be grateful and how you are not alone in any situation.
This is a really magical book and I recommend this to everyone!