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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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"...poignant inspirational romance that will linger in the mind well after reading it." - USA Today

"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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I wrote Like Moonlight at Low Tide to tell the story of what happens to a teen girl after she has been bullied. What happens if you finally get everything you ever wanted? For Melissa Keiser, that means night swimming in the pools alongside the Gulf of Mexico and holding the hands of a big crush in the high school halls. But what happens when even all that isn't enough? If you go on this journey with Melissa, I hope you'll find hope and encouragement by the time you reach the end. I did. I am honored that my first novel has won both the ACFW "Carol Award" and "Genesis Award" for best young adult fiction, and I am even more moved by the messages I have received from young adults who write me with how they connected with Melissa. For me, that's what it's all about.
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Product Details

  • Series: Blink
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Blink; First Edition edition (September 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310723590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310723592
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By base on October 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Like Moonlight at Low Tide, written by Nicole Quigley, is a well-written, young adult novel that tends to sweep its reader along. The main character, Missy, is introduced as a scared, insecure, high school junior who is returning to the Florida town she grew up in after having been away for a few years. All she can remember is the cruel teasing she endured during junior high, and she dreads going back to her tormentors. Sure that nothing's changed since seventh grade, she braces herself for the rejection she's sure to face. But her best friend, Julie, tries to convince her that things are different now. Classmates have matured, and Missy's gotten pretty hot since she's been away. If Missy will just open her eyes and recognize her own allure, she could rule the school.

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.
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""You mean I’m not good enough for him.” I held my eyes on his face until he finally turned my way. I willed him to explain it. I wanted to hear him say it for himself: I wasn’t good enough to be his girlfriend. I wasn’t good enough to be Sam’s either. I was the ugly duckling, with a wild mother and a brother who walked around dazed half the time."

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.
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It was the first couple of pages that really hooked me. I love it when a story is told with the end first. One of my favorite examples is Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Opening with the end, I think, makes the reader ask "how will this happen?" rather than "what will happen?" which brings to life what a reading experience is supposed to be about! If we only care about what happens in the end, then we risk missing out on the journey. I know I've fallen prey to that - skimming madly through a book because I'm made to feel too anxious about what happens in the end. That's not what a book is about, especially not this one. This book is a journey, and we are meant to experience every step. It was brilliant of Nicole Quigley to write those first two pages the way she did. After that, I was hooked onto every word she wrote.

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.
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The last place sixteen year-old Melissa Keiser wants to return to is Anna Maria Island. The echo of laughter and cruel taunts still haunts Missy, even after four years. Her best friend Julie insists that things will be different now, but Missy is too afraid to believe her. Until popular Sam King begins to act as though Missy is the girl for him. She struggles to understand Sam’s desire for her and his friend’s weird overprotective behavior toward her. Josh, it seems, won’t leave Missy alone to make her own mistakes. But when Missy pursues him, he pushes her away or describes his relationship with God, something Missy didn’t expect and can’t grasp. Just as Missy’s relationship with Sam seems ready to take off, tragedy strikes, spinning Missy into a downward spiral of loss and regret. Josh reemerges as her friend and companion, but can she count on him not to bail again when she needs him most?
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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