Book Review: The One Thing


ashley | For a book about a girl who tragically lost her sight, The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis was surprisingly bright and uplifting and totally not what I was expecting when I picked this ARC up.

Not only can I not imagine losing my eyesight, but I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to suddenly be able to see again. But not just see again, like normal, but see again only when you’re with a certain person. Is this supernatural? Is this magic? Is this a miracle? I thought this was such a very interesting concept; I was immediately charmed by the book.

Maggie was such a vibrant character. I loved her sarcasm and wit, and though she was obviously struggling with having to adapt to a life without sight, she seemed to take most things in stride. It’s pretty inspirational, considering I likely wouldn’t have that same attitude.

And Ben is a whole other kind of character. They make a very odd pairing, but it’s a great dynamic and I loved that there was a huge age difference so there was no possibility of a love story here. I thought that would have taken away from what was really going on in this story. That isn’t to say there wasn’t a love story aspect, I just liked that it wasn’t Maggie’s romantic interest that had this miraculous ability that allowed her to see.

I especially liked the music element, that was the reason I picked this up in the first place. Maggie is obsessed with an Indie band, whose singer just happens to be Ben’s brother, so that creates a whole other layer of interesting situations. Music being a big part of my life, I could intimately relate to the descriptions of how Maggie felt seeing her favourite band perform on stage and how Mason’s musical interest was never a want, but a need. That electric energy has flowed through me and it flowed through the pages of this just as easily and just as satisfyingly. I really, really liked this part of the book.

You see, there was a lot about this book I really liked, all these little details and personalities, it was charming and witty and clever, the story was pretty great and I liked how it ended, but for some reason when I pieced all that together, as a whole it didn’t hit me as hard as I thought it would. But it was a quick and enjoyable read, definitely worth picking up when you’re in the mood for a lighthearted, hopeful story about finding yourself and pulling yourself out of the dark.


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September 8, 2015 (TODAY!)

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