Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing that Saves You

Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing that Saves You

by Nicole Quigley
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Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing that Saves You by Nicole Quigley

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310723615
Publisher: Blink
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nicole Quigley is the winner of the ACFW’s “Genesis Contest” for best young adult fiction, and a publicist with more than a dozen years of experience in media and public relations. She holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University, where she majored in Communications/Public Relations and minored in English. Nicole recently moved back to Anna Maria Island, Florida, where she grew up. Visit her at www.nicolequigleybooks.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nicolequigleybooks, or on Twitter @NicoleQuigley.

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Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing that Saves You 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SofiaMarieR More than 1 year ago
""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. ~Review written by Sofia Marie of the Teens Live for Jesus blog~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like Moonlight at Low Tide By Nicole Quigley was published September 23rd 2012. Its 247 pages. Returns to her hometown of Anna Maria Island, Florida, Melissa Keiser knows that its wont be easy. She has mixed feelings on being back home. Part of her is happy, she has her old best friend, who's happens to be now dating one of the islands cutest guys. But so of she's happy to be back on the island. Living the island lifestyles. But Melissa is not looking forward to her old classmate, the old name calling, the way her life was. But she still can to seem to get passed or over the loved one she lost to suicide. The characters are more then just people Nicole thought of. They all have more to them, they have layers, just like most people. I love the fact that she's relatabled but then the next she's not relatable one bit. Melissa would have to been one of my favorite characters in this story, not because she's a lead. But because of what she goes through. I enjoyed the way that the island has its own 'style'; this little bit od detail make the story better in its own way. Melissa also has problems with her family. I think that's a part that may will be able to relate to even if there family problems are different. There are may other characters I would love to talk about but I don't want to give to much away. But I do want to say that Nicole's writing style, to me, has a classic feel to it. Her style reminds me of books I use to read. I'm a hung si-fi, fantasy, kinds of story but I also love a good teen fiction book any day. This was a short story, so I took my time and read it slowly, but I could be more happier that I took time to read the amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
esosweet More than 1 year ago
Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current is the Only Thing That Saves You by Nicole Quigley is the story of Missy Keiser, a junior in high school. When Missy was in middle school her life was miserable. She was made fun of for her appearance and her families lack of money. Then, her mother uprooted the family from their Anna Maria Island home in Florida to follow her boyfriend to Pennsylania. When things went wrong up north the family moves back to Florida. Missy is not excited to face to the people who had made her life so awful in years past, but she has to go to school. Can Missy handle what is sure to be a rough ride at her new high school? Will her old flame, Sam King, notice her? Will she make new friends? Will she keep her old friends? You know I’m not going to ruin it for you. This debut novel from author Nicole Quigley is a wonderful read. The themes go far beyond other books which are set in high school. While Missy must battle her old foe Tanya, she must also learn to battle herself. She must learn how to look at herself through someone else’s eyes and learn that she is worthy of love and friendship. This story was realistic and not cheesy. The plot development kept me reading and wondering what was going to happen. I think any girl who had a rough middle school (thats like 99% of us, amiright?) can appreciate this book. Pick it up today! This book was provided to my by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, I really loved this book and even recommended it to a friend at dinner the other night. If I thought it was horrible, I would have told you.
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AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
This was a thought provoking, intriguing book.  Missy was the class joke before she'd left for Pennsylvania and now that she's back, she wants to change that image.  Her crush had always been Sam, and that was a significant portion of why she was a social outcast.  Now after three years, she has changed and the boys are noticing.  Her neighbor is intriguing as well, but he isn't the boy of her dreams, right? I honestly wasn't sure how this book would sit with me when I started it but I really did enjoy it.  Missy was an intriguing character that was completely complex.  Josh is a great friend to her, Sam is a good guy but possibly not the best boyfriend idea, and her brother is lost.  The emotional ride in this book was intense.  I really liked how the author brought God into the story and it wasn't 'in your face' I rate this a 4/5.  It was a unique storyline. Thank you to Zondervan for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
When Melissa moves back to her hometown on Anna Maria Island, Florida, her only hope is that the bullies who teased her for being ugly will have forgotten her. And while a few people remember, most don’t care. Melissa isn’t the same little girl and people notice, including the most popular guy in the school, the guy she used to have a huge crush on. Just when Melissa thinks she’s getting everything she always wanted, things start to go way wrong.  Here’s a book that sucked me in. I liked Melissa right away. She was authentic and engaging. The story begins with the foreshadowing of a suicide, then moves along at a quick pace, leaving the reader wondering which boy died. The characters were amazing. The story deals with topics such as a dysfunctional mother, alcohol, drug abuse, bullying, and suicide. This is a story filled with heartache, passion, and hope. I’m looking forward to more books by this author.
mbsteury More than 1 year ago
In “Like Moonlight at Low Tide”, debut author Nicole Quigley captures the dysfunctional life of junior Melissa Keiser, a.k.a. “Messy”, with gut-wrenching honesty. When her family returns to the picture-postcard perfect Anna Maria Island, Florida, the torment launched by fellow classmates in junior high threatens to swallow her whole. But the tide turns and the building of unlikely friendships creates a doable, almost enviable existence amongst her high school peers. Life at home isn’t so blessed, and Missy grows weary of all too often being the responsible adult in the household. Loyalties are tested and grief threatens to overwhelm. Will she emerge better, stronger, more capable or be sucked under by the cruel realties that life hands her? These memorable characters—their choices, their honesty, their legacy—will stay with you long after you read the final words.
Bobbie6 More than 1 year ago
This young adult fiction shows the heartache of trying to fit in, and trying to feel normal. It demonstrates the lengths teens often will go to in order to feel love and acceptance and the devastation of when they face rejection. It vividly portrays the cruelty often exhibited to those “invisible” teenagers who are not in the popular group. The book was well-written, the scenery helped you feel the island and the characters were realistic. Well done as a debut novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had enjoyed this book from start to finish. Although I am uncertain with my beliefs, I know for a fact that I have had my tears, smiles, and laughs. I really enjoyed all parts of this book, but my favorite would have been the part where the moon reflects off the surface of the boat. It really shows there is a God, and also shows that he does love you more than any human being on this earth can comprehend. Great Job Nicole Quigley!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A love story? I'm female, but can play the male if you wish.))