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

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  95 reviews
"...a darkly poignant inspirational romance that will linger in the mind well after reading it." -USA Today

For Missy Keiser, returning to Anna Maria Island, Florida, means two things: her mother made another poor decision with men, and Missy will have to reenter a world where she’s known as “Messy,” a social pariah who dared to have a crush on Sam King, the most popular bo
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published September 23rd 2012 by Blink (first published September 4th 2012)
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Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like Moonlight at Low Tide

Nicole Quigley

LIKE MOONLIGHT AT LOW TIDE is a heart breaking novel about self esteem, bullying, and teenage suicide. Once I started reading it, I had a very hard time putting it down. Nicole Quigley hooked me from the first chapter and never let me go. Missy Keiser is a junior in high school and she has just moved back to Anna Maria Island, Florida. When she was in middle school she was miserable there and couldn't wait to escape the island. Her school mates made fun of
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review and opinions by my 17 year old daughter:

Like Moonlight at Low Tide was certainly a very emotional story. It starts off with a vague description of what happened at the beginning of Melissa’s senior year, and then mentions the suicide of someone dear to her. BAM! Right off the bat. Except she never names the person who does it. She simply names the three potential fellows who could have: Her brother Robby, her long-time crush Sam, and her new friend Josh.

One who loves her. One who couldn’t
Alexandra Ray
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone - in need of faith and hope
Shelves: books-i-own
Wow, I don't know how to start this review, maybe because I'm still reeling after having just finished it seconds ago.

I suppose the title is as good a place as any to start. Like Moonlight at Low Tide. Personally, I love this title, it's what drew me in initially. Perhaps that's because of my unabashed love for the sea. I'd probably read any book if the title mentioned the sea, heh.

But it was the first couple of pages that really hooked me. I love it when a story is told with the end first. On
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, arcs
Oh my. Two words: tragic and encouraging.

I had no idea what this was going to be about. None. I seriously thought it might be a mermaid tale based on the cover and title. (I was wrong!) Turns out, this is a contemporary fiction book—which is not my usual genre of choice. But, since it was set in my home state of Florida I thought I would give it a try. So glad I did.

The characters are great. Missy and Josh are so layered that I was instantly sucked in to their stories. All of the characters ar
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Oh, wow…this book ripped out my heart and stomped on it. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that made me feel this way. This book covers a lot of difficult issues but they are handled very well. The issue of suicide is dealt with in a realistic way…the author quietly gives hints to the warning signs leading up to it and the aftermath is heartbreaking.

I really liked Melissa’s character…I related to her feelings of not wanting to stand out or be the center of attention, I also was taken back
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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 well into the book that I started to love the story and really care about the characters.

I had no idea what was going to happen to the characters or how the book was going to end-- and when I reached those last couple chapters I got really nervous that something I dreaded was going to happen. But, the book ended the wa
Claire Matturro
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely and inspiring book, well written and richly layered, that deserves to be read by a large audience. Compelling and captivating, the story will pull readers right in.

While the target market might be teens, it moved me despite the fact I’m closer to my 50th high school reunion than I am to my junior prom. Evocative and spiritual, the book carries an important message about finding one’s self worth and finding God that transcends age and youth.

The descriptive passages of Anna Mari
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really did like the story. I had no idea what adventure or journey i was going to go on but I soon found out!! I really dont care for some of the teen books bc some are very depressing but i was really surprised by thos one!!! I enjoyed it because from page one, Missy draws you into her story.
Another reason I enjoyed this book was because it was told in 1st person and since it was told this way it makes me feel like I'm inside the person's head taking their journey with them!!!
And, may I say
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this story in the first few pages. This story that will keep you turning pages with it's suspense and vulnerability, and a cast of characters with a diverse range of emotional depth. It's a fantastic read, if you have any hormonal reaction at all to anything, this book will get you. It deals with the loss of a loved one, the give and take of high school popularity, the bullies that plague and haunt us through our memories and how we let them rule our futures.

Missy is the gir
Lori Twichell
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The opening lines make sure that you know that this is about a suicide and the aftermath – from the perspective of someone left behind. I wasn’t too sure that I wanted to get that deeply into a book like this. I have a teenage daughter who was ruthlessly bullied in elementary school. It became so out of control that we ended up homeschooling her instead of sending her to middle school. (And thankfully that was one of the best decisions we’ve made as a family.) But because we know what it’s like, ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc-s
Compelling, Gut-wrenching, and Romantic Debut.

This is a beautifully written story with a powerful message about love, forgiveness and discovering your true worth. Missy has not had the easiest life, whether it be because of her mother's reckless lifestyle or the bullying she's endured at the hands of her classmates and my heart broke for her. She may have left Middle School as an awkward preteen but when she returns to start the second half of her Junior year, she's anything but awkward and ever
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog:

It’s no surprise Melissa isn’t totally thrilled with her move back to Florida.

After 3 years away, she has no faith that the bullies who made her life miserable have grown up in the slightest or that she is confident enough to ignore their comments.

Despite having the support of her old best friend and her boyfriend, Melissa’s life starts to change when Sam King — the literal king of high school — starts to show interest in her and the murmurings
C.E. Hart
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book sucked me in—fast. I opened it up in the morning and finished it by afternoon. As cliché as it sounds, I couldn’t put it down. Like Moonlight at Low Tide isn’t just a story—it’s an experience.

I love the ease of the first person narration, and the vivid imagery Nicole Quigley created. This story deals with a myriad of emotions, and has a wide cast of well-developed and memorable characters.

Even though I wasn’t bullied during my school years, I can still sympathize with the main characte
Gayle Pace
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Humans have the habit of overlooking what they feel is uncomfortable or what they don't want to deal with. We sometimes go through life with blinders on. We look straight forward and anything in our way of comfort we choose to ignore.

At a young age, Missy was bulled for the mere name she was given. She was known as "Messy" Missy. Bullies don't realize that they are hurting someone, sometimes, beyond repair. It can do such damage to a person's self confidence and their own perception of who
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Missy is returning to Anna Maria Island mid-junior year. This is not a place she wants to be. When she left in junior high she was known as Messy, a girl all the guys barked at. She crushed on the cutest boy in her grade, Sam King, but when a popular girl found out about it, she made sure Missy paid dearly. Now she shudders at the thought of being called Messy and being outcasted again.

Miraculously though things have changed. And Sam King actually likes her now. But the good things happening at
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

This book is one of my favorites I've read so far this year! It truly is a coming-of-age type young adult novel that had me turning page after page until there were no pages left to turn and I was rushing to Goodreads to see if there were any other books by Nicole Quigley I could add to my TBR list. I was astonished to find that this was a debut, as I hadn't realized that when I was provided a review copy. I must say, Like Moonlight at Low Tide was a stunning read!
Hallie Szott
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-review
When Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown in the middle of her junior year of high school, her goal is simple: stay under the radar of the middle-school bullies who convinced her she was the ugliest girl. But now, Missy is sixteen – and very different from her middle-school self and the popular kids who once made her life miserable take notice. Escaping her dysfunctional home life, she must choose where to place her loyalties: with a long-time crush and his link to the popular crowd, the crypt ...more
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

This book was one that I found really difficult to read. It was really well-written and the character of Missy was quite an intriguing one. There was a love triangle in the book that I actually didn't hate so much, though I do wish less authors would use them because, like vampires, love triangles are over-used.

It was funny, but I didn't realise I'd won this book until a month after the
Bluerose's  Heart
Do you ever read a book that you really just don't want to review? I'm there right now, unfortunately.

I'm a mommy to 3 little ones. I spend more days in survival mode than anything else, and this simply wasn't the best pick for me right now. I'll let you know right now that my review is NOT the best one to look at as you're deciding to read this book. I'm finding the older I get, the less I can tolerate YA books. Don't get me wrong! I DO still enjoy them, but as I tried recently to re-read one I
Jen*The Geeky Book Gal*
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Goodreads summary:
For Missy Keiser, returning to Anna Maria Island, Florida, means two things: her mother made another poor decision with men, and Missy will have to reenter a world where she’s known as “Messy,” a social pariah who dared to have a crush on Sam King, the most popular boy in school.
But much has changed in the three years she’s been away. Missy’s next-door neighbor is no longer an elderly woman but Josh, an intriguing boy who seems genuinely interested in her. At school, she’s surp
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anna Maria Island, Florida, is where Melissa Keiser spent her childhood years and was a victim of bullying from the ‘cool kids’ who called her Messy and mocked her second-hand clothes. Now she’s back and trying to avoid catching the attention of those kids—except 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).

Melissa’s had a rough upbringing. Her father abandoned the family before she started school and hasn’t been heard
Maja  (The Rambling Readerista)
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Also posted on my blog, The Rambling Readerista

I almost gave up reading this book. It was immensely slow at the beginning, most of the time leaving me thinking hating the story because it was such a classic, a girl comes back home after living three years away, having to face people who once considered her "the Ugly Duckling", hated her and made fun of her. Never really accepted her. I can understand how such a thing may seem to a junior in high school, but seriously, you cannot go around thinki
Lara Van Hulzen
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Missy Keiser only wants what every teenager wants: to be accepted by her peers. After three years away, she moves back to Anna Maria Island, Florida, hoping the kids won't remember her or that they called her "Messy" all through middle school.

Missy and her big brother Robby, along with their little sister Crystal, try to navigate the waters of life leaning on each other as their mother consistently makes bad choices.

When Sam, the most popular boy in school, starts paying attention to her, Miss
KayCee K
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 c
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I loved almost all of the characters and the relationships. But there was one big thing that I didn't like that I can't quite get over. I did not like the religion aspect of this book. I am pro-religion and I think that everyone has the right to think and believe whatever they want. My problem comes when people try to push their religion onto others. Because I also believe that religion is a private experience and more than that it's a private decision. Missy is obviously not ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Also posted at:

I didn’t like this book, but I didn’t hate it either. I felt it was shallow, not as in the subject matter or the writing, but the lack of depth at which the subjects were explored. This book touched on a lot of issues- suicide, belonging, believing, partying, self-esteem, drugs, etc- and it never really focused on one thing. This was all fine, but it kind of just went from here to there and merely grazed upon some subjects, while going a li
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my book blog: Written By Brittan

Like Moonlight At Low Tide is heart breaking and breathe taking. The story line is gripping, and it pulls you into the story. The characters were so realistic. Nicole Quigley did an incredible job writing this book.

This book is very hypnotic. I could not put it down. The storyline is really enjoyable, but meaningful at the same time. Even though this book has it's sad part that you you cry. it has those parts that make you smi
Jon Scott
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nicole Quigley has written a compelling book about the lives of several young people on the west coast of Florida. She has great success in creating believable and sympathetic characters who live in a world so real one can can taste the salt and feel the humidity. She writes of many unsympathetic charcter with an even hand, revealing the human side of each.
Her prose is clear and precise. The descriptions are sprinkled with gentle observations about the human condition. With a lesser writer much
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Due to some content, I would recommend this book for young people age 12 and over. It would probably be more enjoyed by girls than boys.

The story unfolds as told through the eyes of a bullied teen forced to face harsh reality when tragedy strikes. I was hooked on page one, where the author foreshadows the future, then familiarizes the reader with “Messy” Missy Keiser, an insecure teen who returns to her school in Florida after three years away, anticipating encounters with the same cruel classm
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is a wonderful read that tapped into my imagination. I could see events play out in my mind's eye. I could feel everything the main character, Melissa, was going through. This book begged for my attention in such a way, that I couldn't put it down!

Ms. Quigley's characters were realistic, relatable, and well rounded. I enjoyed watching Missy and Josh's friendship grow and develop. There were also some moments I could relate with Missy, which made me appreciate the book more.

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Nicole Quigley is the author of Like Moonlight at Low Tide, a winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers "Carol Award" for best young adult fiction. For more than a decade, Nicole worked as a public relations adviser in Washington, D.C. She holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University, where she majored in Communications/Public Relations and minored in English. Nicole recently moved back t ...more
“I didn't deserve a friend like this, who loved me for no reason--- who loved me despite my mistakes. I caught my breath as the thought entered my mind. Could God love me this way too? If Josh was going to jump off this boat and trust in God to save us, couldn't I trust him as well?” 2 likes
“I didn't want to miss another second of that night, when I knew heaven and earth had been moved because a Father loved me.” 2 likes
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