Book Review: Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing That Saves You by Nicole Quigley
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Published September 11th 2012 by Zondervan (first published September 4th 2012)
"...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 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 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 thinking only such mundane stuff. The main heroine seemed kind of shallow, scared of her own shadow and caring only what others thought.
Then, about half through the novel, something happens that will change her perspective on thing, and that will make her mentally grow up. And I was all like finally. She became a real person. The author made her appear the reason behind me sticking it out and reading the book only for the great cover (because, really, a bad good cannot have such a great cover right), and for a male character that is such a conjuncture of clashing differences. I guess it made the book work, for the most part. After that momentous event, the book just seemed to read itself from that point till the end.
In the end, I finally enjoyed finding out what is the message behind the story and for that reason mostly would recommend this book. Since it deals with bullying, messed up mothers and missing fathers, drugs, friendship, Christianity (but intrusively, only enlightening), belief and loss of hope, this book is a great read for the moments when you feel your life is falling apart and you need a push in the right direction.
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