Book Reviews

Book Review: Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley

March 1, 2016


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Back Cover:

When high school junior Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown of Anna Maria Island, Florida, she has one goal: hide from the bullies who’d convinced her she was the ugliest girl in school. But when she’s caught sneaking into a neighbor’s pool at night, everything changes.

Something is different now that Melissa is sixteen, and the guys and 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, anew friend, or 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. While grieving for her loss, she must find the truth about the three boys who loved her and discovered that joy sometimes come from the most unexpected place of all.

My Review:


Like Moonlight at Low Tide deals with tough issues that many teens face today— drugs, suicide, distant parents/parent, and bullying … or in Melissa’s case, recovering from bullying. For instance, what would you do if you were faced with your old bullies today?


Like Moonlight at Low Tide tackles hard topics–and with Ms. Quigley’s writing, it sticks with you. She weaves a story that’s beautiful but easy to understand, a wonderful story that is also a quick read. Ms. Quigley tells a story of picking up where you left off, coming to place your thought you had left forever, but overcoming old foes and fears. This isn’t a sad story—it is a meaningful story.


Somehow she mixes sweetness with sorrow, and heartache with love. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes good books on the more serious side.



I loved the story, and when I finished the book, it became one of my favorites. While I wouldn’t say it is exactly a fun story full of laughter and amusing anecdotes, it is real. There were times I almost cried, and times when I did not want to put the book down. She writes beautifully in a way that other writers should try to mimic—from the first sentence I was hooked, and with a twist I did not see coming, I started to …. well …. freak out. I won’t say if it is something good or bad, just something that at the time had me mentally screaming. 😉

About the Writer:

Naomi Downing is a music obsessed bookworm with a passion for writing. When not doing anything book related, you can find her experimenting with crocheting, or drawing calligraphy. She is a Book Promotions Intern at Birch House Press, writes monthly columns at, and blogs somewhat sporadically at



  1. Rayleigh

    March 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm Reply

    This looks like a phenomenal book! I’ve been considering purchasing the book for sometime and your review was very helpful, thank you!

  2. Joy

    March 4, 2016 at 9:06 pm Reply

    You did a great job with this review, Naomi! I hadn’t heard of this book before, but it sounds interesting and I especially enjoyed the way you used descriptions in this piece. Reading is a wonderful way to connect us to other people and opens our hearts and minds to others’ stories. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Sarah T

    March 5, 2016 at 2:26 am Reply

    This looks like a book that I’d love! I love meaningful stories like this! 😀 Thank you for sharing, and great review! 🙂

  4. Micaiah

    March 6, 2016 at 2:05 pm Reply

    This looks like a very good book! I’ll definitely be putting this on my reading list. =) Thank you for sharing this with us, Naomi! The review was written very well.

  5. Aidyl

    March 8, 2016 at 8:59 am Reply

    That sounds like an interesting book. It right away makes me wonder what’s going on at the pool and why it’s important enough to mention it in the blurb…

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