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- 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
I really related to Melissa. Even though she is a 17 year old girl. I could completely understand where she was coming from. I was never teased in school, but I have always had incredibly low self esteem. So, it pained me to read her struggle with that. And I just found myself getting so angry that she allowed the people who had hurt her in the first place into her life so easily. I remember how High School and Middle school are, and it's just so sad that kids can be so cruel to each other. Then the ones who get hurt are still so eager to be a part of the crowd, so they allow the kids who hurt them into their lives if they want to be. There's a difference between forgiveness and just wanting to fit in. It was so refreshing to read about how Missy eventually started realizing things though and I really appreciated the growth that she went through in the book.
Josh is so mysterious at first. I wanted more of his character, and I still honestly would love to have a companion novel all about Josh and how he got where he is and why. Nicole Quigley, can you get on that for me? :) I disliked Sam from the beginning. I'm not saying he's a bad guy, but I just didn't want him anywhere near Missy. That's all I will say about that. I loved the relationship between Missy and her siblings. Even though they were dealt with a mother who was back and forth on things and make poor life choices, their love for each other really came through in the book. My heart ached for Robby. I won't give too much away, but reading about his downward spiral and seeing the clues were devastating to me.
This book is a fantastic read. The topics are relevant, the characters are relate able and the underlining message came through strong, but not overbearing. Nicole Quigley had me ready to seriously throw the book at the wall at one point and I thank her for that. I look forward to any other books she writes!
Sam and the popular crowd are all Missy has ever wanted and she's convinced that if she can just fit in, it will mean she's finally worth being loved. Missy soon discovers that getting everything we think we want can still leave us feeling empty and unsatisfied. (Been there. Done that.) Josh, her next door neighbor is cute, kind and popular in his own way but seems to prefer hanging out with his youth group friends over the regular teen party scene. Josh also has a front row seat to the mess that is Missy's home life but instead of judging or gossiping about it, he's just there for her. He shares his faith with Missy, trying to get her to see that she's worth more than what some boys want from her and that God's grace is enough to cover anything we could ever do. Josh also has a way of showing up at just the right time which only adds to his swoonability. Missy isn't sure what to make of Josh's God but can't deny that she like the way she feels about herself when she spends time with Josh. Sam is nice too and he also makes her feel all the feels but she isn't convinced Sam understands her the way Josh does. Missy soon finds herself caught between her feelings for both boys but the drama of her home life always seems to take center stage.
Her Mom continues to make poor choices but she crosses a line when she decides to get involved with someone who has influence in Missy's brother, Robby's life. Missy's status at school seems to hit and all time high and just when she thinks her life couldn't get any better, tragedy strikes, bringing with it a storm that leaves her devastated and guilt-ridden for the boy she couldn't save. Things go from bad to worse when the one person she wants most pulls away with no explanation leaving her alone and hurt. In a gut-wrenching conclusion that left me glued to my seat, Missy finally has to decide what she believes about herself, her life and whether or not God really does exist.
I really enjoyed this! These are strong characters, the topics relevant to today's teens and the message wasn't pushy or preachy. I'm also familiar with the area in the book which always makes a book more interesting. I look forward to seeing what Nicole Quigley comes up with next.
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 are flawed, and that’s what makes them believable. Missy comes from a dysfunctional family (understatement) and she’s trying to not be dragged down by them. I could go on and on about Missy and how she represents so many lonely girls out there… the ones that are desperate to belong somewhere. But I won’t. That would give away too much of her story. I can say that she thinks Sam King is her answer. Oh, how sad and wrong she is. Through tragic circumstances she learns that Sam is just Sam—a teenage guy—and not her savior.
Then there is Josh. He’s quiet, observant, and protective of Missy—but why? You don’t really get an insight into Josh’s head, but I enjoyed his presence throughout the book. You always had the sense he was lurking in the shadows—like a superhero of some sort waiting to swoop in and save the day.
The plot is not straightforward at all. For the majority of the story it seems like it’s about Missy finding who she is, but then it takes a turn. You go from typical teenage story to a story of redeeming grace. That was not typical. It wasn’t overly done or being shoved down your throat. It was subtle, and I felt it added a poignant message that so many people need to hear.
Because there is that “turn” towards the end, this book won’t be for everyone. What I found a pleasant surprise might turn the next reader off. It’s hard to say. What I can say though is that Like Moonlight at Low Tide is a fresh insight into the loneliness that plagues so many people in our society.