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 character, Missy Keiser. Almost anyone can relate to those coming-of-age school years, and the feelings of being awkward and self-conscious, but Missy dealt with much more than that. A hard life. An absent father. A not-so-attentive, promiscuous mother. Poverty. Thought her little sister was too young to realize their plight, Missy and her brother dealt with more than their share of brands-on-their-foreheads (so to speak.) Being teased and bullied, they found their own ways of dealing with such an unfair life.
Missy is my favorite character, but a close second is her next-door neighbor, Josh Durham. His quiet demeanor and subtle nuances add so much to this story. To me—he’s the most memorable of them all.
To be totally honest, there are a few places in the book that sound a little preachy. Being a Christian, I don’t mind that at all, but for someone who is not, this might be a slight turn-off. Those scenes, however, are brief and do not take away from the story. On the contrary, they are powerful and even life changing.
In short—I LOVE this story and hate to part with these characters. If Nicole Quigley decides to write a sequel, I’ll most certainly purchase it.
Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
First Lines: People never ask me the right question when they ask me what happened the beginning of my senior year. They always ask what his last words were.
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