Like Moonlight at Low Tide
Anna Maria Island, Florida, is where Melissa Keiser spent her childhood years and was a victim of bullying from the Ã¢ÂÂcool kidsÃ¢ÂÂ who called her Messy and mocked her second-hand clothes. Now sheÃ¢ÂÂs back and trying to avoid catching the attention of those kidsÃ¢ÂÂexcept her best friend is dating one of them, and the boy she had a crush on actually seems to have noticed her (in a good way).
MelissaÃ¢ÂÂs had a rough upbringing. Her father abandoned the family before she started school and hasnÃ¢ÂÂt been heard from since. Her mother has paraded through a series of Ã¢ÂÂboyfriendsÃ¢ÂÂ over the years, her older brother is a dopehead, and her friends do little but party. Her escape is to swim in the neighbourÃ¢ÂÂs pool at nightÃ¢ÂÂuntil she gets caught. This forms the start of an unlikely friendship.
As I was reading, I was trying to decide whether or not Like Moonlight at Low Tide was actually Christian fiction. Missy wasnÃ¢ÂÂt a Christian, her mother certainly wasnÃ¢ÂÂt, and it didnÃ¢ÂÂt seem that any of her friends were either. It wasnÃ¢ÂÂt until quite late in the book that the Christian element started to come through, but it was worth waiting for.
Ã¢ÂÂWhen I was seventeen, the only boy who ever called me by my full name took his own life. It was the first time I ever saw a mistake that couldnÃ¢ÂÂt be undone.Ã¢ÂÂ
Yes, this novel is different. ItÃ¢ÂÂs written in the first person, and Missy is a complex character growing up in a difficult environment. ItÃ¢ÂÂs gritty and real, yet with a bittersweet aftertaste, as though things shouldnÃ¢ÂÂt be like this.
Like Moonlight at Low Tide is the debut novel from Nicole Quigley, and shows she is a voice to watch in Christian fiction for her edgy realism. Recommended.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free ebook for review.
February 23, 2014
This book, for some reason, moved me.
While reading this book, I was reminded of the following:
First, self-esteem is never based on anybodyÃ¢ÂÂs opinion of us.
Second, there is strength in quiet love. But, itÃ¢ÂÂs not enough for us to love people in silence. They need to know.
Third, let us not allow our own struggles and ambitions to forget the people that needs our help.
Like Moonlight at Low Tide is a good read. Chapter 12 made me cry, literally. This book, for some reason, moved me, especially towards the last few chapters.
Go, pick up this book and read away!
February 4, 2014
Wonderful Debut Novel
This book captured my attention after the first few paragraphs. The plot was paced well and the author captured the voices of teenagers perfectly. She tackled social issues without being heavy-handed and her lesson on trusting Jesus when going through hard times was weaved in seamlessly into the plot. A wonderful debut novel.
December 20, 2013
Swimming in the deep waters of life.
This story really touched me. I couldn't put this book down, and I was carried along by the emotional power and the psychological insight into a young woman's life.
This book is worthwhile reading for any teenage girl who can relate to Melissa's story. If you've experienced something similar, the honesty and beauty in this story may even sow seeds of healing.
And grown up women should read this book too, because as women we have all shared Melissa's concerns and asked her questions.
Melissa is growing up on the tourist haven Anna Maria Island in Florida... a place where the loveliness seems almost ironic at times to Melissa.
How could there be so much trouble in her family, so much sadness, when they live in near-paradise? And how is a high school girl supposed to carry her mother's burdens, encourage her older brother, and nurture her younger sister all by herself... and still navigate the deep waters of romantic relationships, bullies, and friends?
It actually startled me how attached I was to the characters by the end, and how the specifics of the tragedy were completely unexpected by me.
This may be a book about a teen girl and it may include her boyfriend problems, but this is not a fluffy book. It's a book about what happens when someone breaks your heart, when someone dies and leaves you, when your life isn't carefree.
Thank you Booksneeze for my review copy. I will be looking for more books by Nicole Quigley.
December 6, 2013