Friday, December 28, 2012

Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley

Title: Like Moonlight at Low Tide
Author: Nicole Quigley
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Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 247
Format: Hardcover
Acquired: From Publisher
Age Group: Young Adult

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 surprised to find few people remember who she once was. And any remaining taunts of Messy are silenced when Sam King gives her his nod of approval.

Just as things seem to be perfect, Josh’s sudden distance, her mother’s latest relationship implosion, and her brother’s strange behavior threaten to ruin it all. Missy is forced to decide between the boy she’s always wanted, a boy who is intent on trying to save her, and the brother she’s known all her life. And her decision could have consequences she can never undo

I knew instantly that I wanted to read this book when it was first given to me. Not only is it short and sweet, but it hits home in a lot of places. There were moments when I could relate to Missy very well and other times that I felt disconnected with her, but that's expected. Mostly though, I did feel a connection.

The opening pages take the reader in right away. One gets sucked in without even realizing and the story sweeps one away into the world. And all too soon it ends.

It felt a wave of emotions. There were moments when I wanted to be angry at Missy, but for some reason I knew I couldn't be. Its like that person that you want to be angry at, but they can be excused for their actions. I felt like there were a lot of moments when I could just excuse Missy, and it could be irritating but at the same time it kept me going.

There was a lot going on. I didn't know what to expect. I thought this would just be another one of those coming-of-age stories and in the end everything would work out. I'm just glad that it wasn't so black and white.

If you are looking for a good, emotional read this is one to look at. It leaves the reader wanting more. Quigley has a voice that comes out strong throughout the tale. I find that voice to be unique and memorable - I think one of the reasons I was able to finish this book so fast.

I highly recommend it. I enjoyed every second and would consider even reading it a second time.

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