Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Release Date: May 7 / 2013
For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams. Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t. When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer. But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on--most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits--that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality. A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue.
Nantucket Blue is a story of a girl who is going on summer vacation. She was planning on going to Nantucket with her friend Jules until Jules' mom died. Jules then went cold on her and turned out to be a completely different person.
Cricket as a character was great. She was easy to relate to and we read about her adventure of growing into her own person. I think she really found out who she was on her trip at Nantucket and that summer definitely changed her life. She found out her idea of love and actual love was different as she chose between her dream guy (Jay) and her new kinda-boyfriend (Zack). I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Cricket and all her life-changing decisions.
But I found the book was a bit boring at times and didn't completely keep my interest. Jules also pissed me off. She was supposed to be mean and she was but I don't get how a person can turn around so completely. Isn't it when a loved one dies that you need your family and friends to lean on? Jules explained why she was being so mean in the end but it seemed like such a flimsy explanation. I also didn't find much of a big point in this story. I've read lots of good reviews that said they felt this book talked about the meaning of family and love, etc. But, I didn't. I just.. didn't, okay?
Nantucket Blue was a bit of a disappointment as I've been anticipating this for a long time. It's a great contemporary to pass your time with and a great summer read.
About the Author:
LEILA HOWLAND loves to read, explore L.A., and engage in funny and meaningful conversations with her friends and family, especially her brother who calls from Washington D.C. whenever he’s waiting for the bus. A lot gets discussed in those phone calls, but they tend to end abruptly when the bus shows up. She can really cut the rug, but wishes she could sing without people covering their ears. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. It was a lot of fun and she often talks about “getting back into it.” The closest she has come was a stint as an extra on The Young and the Restless in 2010. Leila now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs. She teaches high school English and blogs for HelloGiggles. NANTUCKET BLUE is her first novel.