About the Book
Title: Like Moonlight at Low Tide
Author: Nicole Quigley
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: 2012
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.
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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 her for being poor and for the clothes she was wearing. Her mother moves the family away to Pennsylvania to follow her current boyfriend. Now Missy does not want to go back to school and face those mean kids once again but she has no choice. She wonders if her old middle school crush Sam King, will notice her this time around.
Missy needs to learn that she is worthy of love and friendship all the while dealing with her arch enemy, Tanya! Tanya makes Missy’s life a living hell, now in high school just like she did in middle school. LIKE MOONLIGHT AT LOW TIDE kept me guessing right up until the very last page. I was cheering for Missy throughout the story, praying she would find acceptance and her own identity as well as life. Let me tell you, be prepared to be on one crazy emotional ride as your heart breaks for Missy. Why does being a teenager have to be so hard?
LIKE MOONLIGHT AT LOW TIDE is filled with life lessons as well as teenage life struggles and triumphs. I will admit that I cried and was taken on an emotional whirlwind that left me breathless at times. Schools should make this story a required read for middle schoolers! If you are looking for a good emotional story that will leave you wanting more, this is the book for you. I can not wait to see what Nicole Quigley writes next!
About the Author
Guest Post from Nicole Quigley
Three Things I Hear from “Like Moonlight at Low Tide” Readers
When I first wrote “Like Moonlight at Low Tide,” I thought my readers were going to get the same things out of it that I did. The book gets off to a start when Missy Keiser sneaks into her neighbor’s pool to go nightswimming. She thought no one was home until she sees the figure of an unknown guy standing in the dark, at the edge of the pool.
Missy was bullied when she was younger, but this story is about what happens after she is bullied. What happens if you got everything you ever wanted? Would it be enough? I think that when we really look at the reasons behind why we want things and why the things we want can become so big in our lives, especially in high school—we often find that there’s really a bigger question left for all of us.
Who is going to love me?
Since “Like Moonlight at Low Tide” debuted, I’ve been so honored to hear from readers who could relate to Missy’s story. One thing that has surprised are the things I hear about from readers time and again.
First, I always hear about the ending! I definitely wrestled with how to bring the book to a close. I won’t say more about it (no spoilers!), but I have to laugh because most readers tell me I was really close to hearing a lot more from them! Second, I always hear about a certain guy who becomes the male protagonist. Yes, girls, I have to admit that I loved writing him!
Lastly, I often hear the book was written “just for them.” That’s what touches me most of all. I wrote this story from the heart. It means so much to hear that it reached others, and often in ways I never predicted. I love that.
Once a reader picks up my story and brings her own experiences to it, it becomes something new. And it’s really special to connect with a reader on some of these heart questions that we all have in common. One reader who has really made an impact on me sent me a hand-made charm bracelet based on the book. She took Missy’s story, and she turned it into something entirely new. Her creativity is really special, and the bracelet is now one of my most treasured possessions
I love hearing from readers about what they liked (or even didn’t like) in Missy’s story. As it turns out, listening to readers is one of the very best parts of writing for them.
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