The One Thing by Marci Lyn CurtisThe One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

The One Thing

byMarci Lyn Curtis

Hardcover | September 8, 2015

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"Funny, sweet, and hopeful."
--Kirkus Reviews

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 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 magnetic 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.
Marci Lyn Curtis grew up in Northern California, where she went to college and met an amazing guy in a military uniform. Two grown kids and one dachshund later, she lives in Florida. The One Thing is her first novel.Say hi to her on her website, Marcilyncurtis.com, or on Twitter, at@Marci_Curtis.
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Title:The One ThingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.12 inPublished:September 8, 2015Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1484709020

ISBN - 13:9781484709023

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy crow! I cannot believe how good this book was! Maggie Sanders, Ben Milton, Mason Milton are such beautifully intricate and wonderful characters. Every chapter, every aspect, was so masterfully crafted. Marci Lyn Curtis deals quite deftly with the topic of loss and the unknown. Her writing makes you feel Maggie's pain as if it was your own. The One Thing is a genuinely emotional book and absolutely beautifully written.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The One Thing Review Maggie Sanders lost her sight six months ago, and with it her dream of playing soccer like her mom along with her so-called friends who were only interested in her when she was helping their team win. After a prank lands her in trouble at school, she’s forced to see a probation officer and one visit to his office ends up changing everything. Because all of a sudden, Maggie can see again but only a small sliver surrounding a ten-year-old named Ben. Ben is amazing and funny and he helps Maggie understand that her life isn’t over just because she lost her sight. And as a bonus, Ben’s older brother just happens to be the lead singer of Maggie’s favourite band. She’s just starting to believe that everything might turn out alright when she learns the reason she can see Ben, and her world is turn upside down once again. I’d heard really good and great things about this book before I even picked it up so I was excited when it was under the Christmas tree. I was worried my expectations would be a little high considering everything I had heard about this book and maybe they were, since I did end up enjoying it but not as much as I was expecting. Maggie was a character I had a hard time connecting with. I actually really liked her voice. There was a lot of sarcasm and humour that I appreciated and I could understand her struggle to deal with her new situation. Other than that, there wasn’t much to her that was there for me to connect to. Maybe it would have helped if we’d gotten to know Maggie a little bit before she’d lost her sight I would have gotten a better sense of who she was as a person and a character. I knew she loved soccer, Mason’s band, and made a lot of bad decisions without thinking. I did like her but I just had a hard time getting a sense for her. Other than Ben, who was adorable and hilarious and should be real, I thought the other characters were pretty underdeveloped. There was a lot of hinting at who they were or telling stories that were supposed to give us a sense of who they were but they never felt like fully formed characters. That also meant that Maggie’s relationships with them felt underdeveloped and since the dynamics between characters are usually my favourite part of the book, it left me underwhelmed. The plot was enjoyable, a bit predictable, but I enjoyed overall story. It was nice to see the developing friendships between Maggie and Ben, and Maggie and Clarissa get just as much attention as the developing romance between Maggie and Mason. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the characters and relationships had gotten more focus instead of why Maggie could suddenly see Ben. Once I’d figured that out pretty early on, it was just a matter of reading to see how they would figure it out. Maybe if my expectations hadn’t been so high, I wouldn’t have been overthinking things as I read but they were and I did, unfortunately.
Date published: 2016-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Suspension of disbelief required. It’s tough to review a book that I sort of like and sort of didn’t like. When I can’t reconcile how I really feel for it that I’m left precariously straddling that line. The One Thing could’ve been so good. But I felt that its two major flaws are simply insurmountable that I can’t give it a rating higher than 3 stars. The summary succinctly gives you the bulk of the plot. Maggie was once a rising soccer star before she went blind. She had meningitis. Ever since then, she’d pretty much shut out the world and wallowed in self-pity and misery. Upon meeting 10-year old, Ben, however, she realizes she can see. But only Ben and his immediate surroundings. Like a halo of light. Ben, who has been in crutches his whole life because he was born with spina bifida. Hanging out with Ben has some benefits, to be sure. For one, he’s funny, smart and the seeing thing is a bonus. Also, Ben’s brother just happens to be the lead singer of her favourite band, Loose Cannons. But Mason Milton wouldn’t give her the time of day. He thinks she’s faking her “blindness”. He thinks she’s taking advantage of his younger brother, and that she’s nothing but a rabid fan who’s using Ben to get to him. He’s wrong, of course. Maggie only ever wanted to feel like normal again and the precocious Ben gives her a semblance of that. There is a reason why she can only see Ben and not the rest of the world. For Maggie, the gravity of that reason may be just as difficult to accept as the loss of the life she used to have. I’m the type of reader who accepts any unimaginable scenarios in fiction. I don’t care how far-reaching the plots are. If you make it believable, I’ll read it. After reading this book, I found out that yes, I do have a limit. And Maggie’s ability to see certain people without biological or medical relevance just didn’t cut it. I also couldn’t buy into the eventual romance between Mason and Maggie. Mason has that arrogance that was not at all endearing, to be honest. I understand that he’s protective of his brother, but his attitude became intolerable too fast. Their relationship just didn’t work for me. I thought they would’ve been better off as friends who had Ben in common. I think the problem is that there wasn’t enough time for their relationship to develop. Maggie spent a lot of time with Ben, dodging her therapist, and harbouring hurt feelings toward her parents. I get so frustrated with people who can’t express their feelings easily. And Maggie did a lot of suppressing hers that it became too much for me at times. Over all, this book has been getting so much love. I feel like such a schmuck for not loving it just as much. I think that if you can forgive the things that makes the plot a bit ridiculous, then you might just enjoy this book.
Date published: 2015-08-29

Editorial Reviews

"Sometimes lost things are not truly lost, we just have to look for them in new places. The One Thing hits this important note, and the music is beautiful."-Courtney C. Stevens, author of Faking Normal, The Blue-Haired Boy, and The Lies About Truth