Review~ Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Review~ Nantucket Blue by Leila HowlandNantucket Blue
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Release date : May 7th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 294
Source: Library | Format: ARC
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) Audible

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 was a sweet, short and a perfect beach read. I wasn’t at the beach when I read it. Maybe why I wasn’t that big a fan? 

After a tragedy strikes and her summer plans go down the drain, Cricket is determined to spend her Summer in Nantucket. Finding a job as a chamber maid, Cricket spends her days working, desperate for her friend, whom has all the sudden giving her the cold shoulder. Venturing out on her own, she finds friendship, love and herself.

Oy. Cricket was a snotty, clingy and very desperate girl. Yet at the same time, loving, determined and strong. I honestly think her biggest fault was that she tried TOO hard when it came to Jules but not hard ENOUGH when it came to her mother, her father and everything else. In a sense, I understood her clingyness to Jules family, since I myself had friend that way– especially since her life took a dive when her parents split up. But then again, I was confused about it. She had a family of her own, a mother that was obviously heart-broken and she wasn’t able to see past all that and be grateful that she still had her mother. She was pretty naive and immature when it came to boys too. I know not all 17 & 18 year olds “have it together” but the silly crush and writing in a notebook with hearts is a middle school girl thing. Not a high school graduate. She was also really funny. I had a lot of laugh out loud moments.

What I did find I enjoyed and refreshing was her growth over the course of the novel. She ventures out, has fun and although she does miss Jules and Nina, she finds happiness and love. It isn’t a complicated matter –this book is very simple and did lack that depth. The romance was cute, but not enough to have me swooning or caring either way. Actually, I could have went without it entirely. It was just THERE.  I liked that she was older than him though.

As for the secondary characters, I really liked Liz. She was spunky and hilarious. My favorite scenes in the book are when she was around. I didn’t like Jules. Like, at all. I get the grieving thing but she was a flat-out bitch. Zack, Jules’ brother and love interest, was just meh. I liked their banter but like I said, I didn’t really care for the romance. All other characters aren’t really worth mentioning. Pretty much everyone was extremely superficial and boring. I did enjoyed the small plot-line regarding her mother. That was fun. 

Overall- It was OK for me. I like my characters and plot to have more depth. More umph. Nantucket Blue is just a simple, big ball of fluff. While I admire the simplicity of it, it just isn’t my kind of read. 

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8 thoughts on “Review~ Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

  1. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Well, poo this one didn’t quite hit the spot for you! I’ll probably wait on it too. But since it’s for ARCycling and I’m really behind for them, I might try and make it my next freebie read. (Which, watch won’t be till next month on Fall Break, LOL.) SIGH. I am glad there were some LOL moments for you though, but that stinks about the romance being blah. You know me and my romance! 😀
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