About the Book
Title: Like Moonlight at Low Tide
Author: Nicole Quigley
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: 2012
When high school junior Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown of Anna Maria Island, Florida, she has one goal: hide from the bullies who had convinced her she was the ugliest girl in school. But when she is caught sneaking into a neighbor’s pool at night, everything changes. Something is different now that Melissa is sixteen, and the guys and popular girls who once made her life miserable have taken notice. When Melissa gets the chance to escape life in a house ruled by her mom’s latest boyfriend, she must choose where her loyalties lie between a long-time crush, a new friend, and her surfer brother who makes it impossible to forget her roots. Just as Melissa seems to achieve everything she ever wanted, she loses a loved one to suicide. Melissa must not only grieve for her loss, she must find the truth about the three boys who loved her and discover that joy sometimes comes from the most unexpected place of all.
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Every now and then you find and read a book that is intense, takes a lot out of you, and maybe even reminds you of your childhood just a pinch. This is that book for me. It was full of emotion, it was raw, and yes it touched on topics that are controversial like suicide and bullying. It is hard for a Christian author to bring these topics to a story and not be criticized in some way shape or form, and it’s too bad, because these are real topics and sometimes we need to read about them.
Now, that being said, it was tough to read. And I don’t mean because of the author’s writing ability – Nicole Quigley did a good job in writing. It was tough because it was deep and emotional. I don’t know that I would share it with a thirteen year old, but maybe sixteen or seventeen year old. And have a conversation about what the book is about and what to do if they see it happening in real life. That’s what books are for – conversation starters!
But here’s something a little personal this book did take me back to my high school years. I knew exactly how Missy felt, her worries, her fears, and her desire to fit in. I knew what it meant to be made fun of and try to change to be different. I connected with her in a way I’ve never connected with a character before and it was scary and awesome and weird all at the same time. Teen struggles are real. And we don’t all have a friend like Josh to look out for us. By the way – I think Josh was my favorite character. He kind of reminded me of an angel brought to the story just to keep Missy safe. You’ll understand what I mean when you read it.
While this may not be an uplifting Christmas story, I think it is an important story to read. It’ll make you think. It’ll make you have a conversation with your kids. And it may just make you think about your childhood a little bit, for the good or the bad.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Guest Post from Nicole Quigley
Three Things I Hear from “Like Moonlight at Low Tide” Readers
When I first wrote “Like Moonlight at Low Tide,” I thought my readers were going to get the same things out of it that I did. The book gets off to a start when Missy Keiser sneaks into her neighbor’s pool to go nightswimming. She thought no one was home until she sees the figure of an unknown guy standing in the dark, at the edge of the pool.
Missy was bullied when she was younger, but this story is about what happens after she is bullied. What happens if you got everything you ever wanted? Would it be enough? I think that when we really look at the reasons behind why we want things and why the things we want can become so big in our lives, especially in high school—we often find that there’s really a bigger question left for all of us.
Who is going to love me?
Since “Like Moonlight at Low Tide” debuted, I’ve been so honored to hear from readers who could relate to Missy’s story. One thing that has surprised are the things I hear about from readers time and again.
First, I always hear about the ending! I definitely wrestled with how to bring the book to a close. I won’t say more about it (no spoilers!), but I have to laugh because most readers tell me I was really close to hearing a lot more from them! Second, I always hear about a certain guy who becomes the male protagonist. Yes, girls, I have to admit that I loved writing him!
Lastly, I often hear the book was written “just for them.” That’s what touches me most of all. I wrote this story from the heart. It means so much to hear that it reached others, and often in ways I never predicted. I love that.
Once a reader picks up my story and brings her own experiences to it, it becomes something new. And it’s really special to connect with a reader on some of these heart questions that we all have in common. One reader who has really made an impact on me sent me a hand-made charm bracelet based on the book. She took Missy’s story, and she turned it into something entirely new. Her creativity is really special, and the bracelet is now one of my most treasured possessions
I love hearing from readers about what they liked (or even didn’t like) in Missy’s story. As it turns out, listening to readers is one of the very best parts of writing for them.
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