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Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing that Saves You (Blink) Hardcover – September 23, 2012
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"Quigley makes her debut with an ambitious story about weighty issues teens face: suicide, alcohol, promiscuity, and bullying." - Publishers Weekly
"This story is utterly gorgeous. It firmly slammed itself directly into my top ten for 2012 when I read it... Nicole Quigley is an author that is firmly in my sights now and I cannot wait to see where the rest of her career goes from here." - Lori Twichell (fictionaddict.com)
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Desperate for love and acceptance, Missy grasps for what's she's always dreamed of--popularity, admiration, and her long-time crush, Sam King. But her life remains far from perfect as her mom switches from boyfriend to boyfriend and her brother drifts farther away. Her one escape is found in the hidden cottage pool behind her neighbor's house, and also, in a way, in her neighbor's grandson, Josh. But when tragedy strikes, there seems to be nothing that can save her. The world she's built around herself crumbles, and she finds herself overwhelmed by guilt and grief. Will she ever find love and peace and forgiveness?
Like Moonlight at Low Tide is a story of rejection, love, and redemption. Its themes are mature, including family dysfunction, bullying, peer pressure, and suicide. But these themes are balanced well as they meet life's challenges head-on and yet offer hope at the same time.
I found Like Moonlight at Low Tide a very enjoyable read.Read more ›
It's junior year and Missy is coming back to her home island. Three years away was not enough for the cool kids to forget what a loser she used to be. Only this time Sam King, the popular guy she's had a crush on for years, likes her. Is it worth it? Is there any way to escape being a no one?
"Like Moonlight at Low Tide" is touching and opening. It delves into two topics that are not often discussed in Christian fiction: bullying and suicide. With a painfully true view on both, it shows the way to redemption. Missy doesn't have a father, and her mom is constantly changing boyfriends. With this background, Missy often feels worthless. Ever so slowly she learns that she is precious and loved for who she is.
The book contains about half a dozen uses of swear words and two detailed near-sex encounters.
I wish there was more about God in the beginning and middle and that Josh -Missy's friend- was less shy about his faith. However, Missy's coming to God in the end was so beautiful.
I'm not sure if I would classify this as a coming of age story, though Missy's age would put it into that category by default. First and foremost, I think this is a coming of hope and faith story, an awareness story. To anyone who hasn't been in Missy's position, she would seem like a very weak protagonist. She is insecure, broken in so many ways, not sure of anything, and constantly assuming that everything is her fault. Personally, I got her, because I've been in the same position. That only made me want to root for her even more because she's a real character. No, she's not the strong female lead that everyone seems obsessed with these days (not to say that some of those characters aren't just as real), but Missy is a character who reaches through the pages to those of us who aren't as gifted in the kick-ass department, who aren't able to find that courage that people so admire.Read more ›
Missy lives with her emotionally volatile mother, her brother Robby and her sister Crystal. Home life is unpredictable and explosive, which Missy makes use of to go where she pleases, when she pleases, often sneaking out at night or lying to her mother about where she’s going and when she’ll return. Missy’s story is peppered with moments of keen emotional insight and turmoil, though some of Missy’s realizations seem too far beyond her maturity level. Her spiritual conversations with Josh are at first sincere and different, but at times his explanations seem a little dense and formulaic. Still, Missy’s moment of conversion is genuine and as powerful as the emotional pain that make her such an easy character to connect with. Fans of Stephanie Morrill or Laura Anderson Kurk will enjoy this novel.
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Love the story, couldn't put it down. Melissa finally getting everything she wanted at least that's what she thought. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
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I loved this book! It was moving! I couldn't put it down! My cheeks are still wet with my tears!Published 17 months ago by runnerholly
Like Moonlight At Low Tide was a wonderful book. The beginning of the story was good and grabbed my attention (read a sample and you'll see what I mean), but it wasn't until I was... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Melanie
A real story about Missy's life with all of the difficulties and triumphs, about imperfect families, snarky teens, and true, faithful friends. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Carol Hamilton
very good but not 5 stars bc of great sadness
The ending was nice but I still had a hard time with brother's death
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