ARC Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

book reviewing-01

nantucket blueTitle: Nantucket Blue
Author: Leila Howland
Date(s) read: July 19, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Publisher (ARC)


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 sheโ€™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 doesnโ€™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 itโ€™s the things Cricket hadnโ€™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.

my thoughts-01

Thank you to Hachette Book Group Canada for a copy of this for review!ย 

I don’t know what it is about summer, but I love reading beachy books once the sun comes out. Maybe it’s because I don’t actually live near a beach (or anywhere where it gets really warm, for that matter), but I just love books where people go vacationing to their country or beach houses, fall in love with boys, and learn life lessons.

So, needless to say, I loved Nantucket Blue.

What? You want MORE thoughts? Well, alright …

This was an interesting book. I had expected something completely light and fluffy — based on the cover with the people making out on the beach — but I got something that was a little more character-driven, with hints of friendship issues, and even a bit of romance.

I kind of loved Cricket’s character (and her name!) and felt sorry for her situation with Jules. Really, Jules came off as a bit of a b****, so it was hard to like her for most of the story, even knowing what her character had to go through in the beginning. A part of me wanted Cricket to move on, but there was that little niggling part inside of me that was pushing for their friendship to rekindle.

The romance was interesting — when the synopsis says that the love was an off-limits kind of thing, it really was! I’m not sure if I was a fan of Cricket’s choices, but I guess when two people fall in love, what’s to stop them?

The thing that I loved most about this book was the friendship. It really was a book about learning who YOU are and learning to stand on your own two feet, instead of following along someone you’ve known forever. I think we all have had that friend in life who we’ve been friends with FOREVER, even if it seems like we’ve been growing apart.

It was wonderful seeing Cricket grow up and even more fun having the setting of the beach-side town. The other characters in the story — from the people Cricket worked with to the people who Jules befriended — were well written and the perfect addition to the story. The language was real and sometimes heartbreaking. All of this combined made this one of my favourite books of the season!


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19 thoughts on “ARC Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

  1. Oh YAY. I’m so glad you loved this one! The more I think about it an discuss it with other people, the more I fall in love with it ๐Ÿ™‚
    I actually really liked the romance in this book. It wasn’t conventional and true, I didn’t always agree with Cricket’s choices on how she handled certain things, but I felt like that added a sense of reality to the book, which I really, really loved!

    • YES! I hate it when books just don’t seem realistic. I think that the relationship between Cricket and Jules was VERY realistic … I mean, we all have or have had friendships like that! And it was nice to see an unconventional romance — don’t get enough of that, either!

  2. The cover does make it look light and fluffy, so I’m not sure if I’d be expecting anything too serious while reading it. But if the book is able to surprise you that way, all the better.

    I’m really wondering about the forbidden romance now!

    And yes, I did have a friend like that, unfortunately, despite my attempts to keep in touch, she has slowed that down and now I barely know her. Ah well, that’s life though.

    Sounds like a very interesting book, I’m glad you liked it!

    • Exactly — life happens. We can try, but usually we can’t control what happens in cases like this. I think that it just opens us up to new relationships. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I like books that surprise me!

  3. Sounds like this is one of those books that really grows on you as you read and think about it! I love those!

  4. I hardly ever read contemporary except in the summer that seems like all I read. I totally understand.

    This sounds good. Definitely something I would want to take to the beach

  5. Nice, glad you liked this one so much! This isn’t my usual kind of read at all, but I can’t deny that there is a certain allure to reading beachy books in the summer. Heh, maybe it is because we live no where near a beach.

  6. I like that this one was a bit meatier than you expected. I get jealous when reading beach books. I haven’t been to the beach in years. YEARS!!

  7. I’m always sad when friendships are rocky after being close for so long. Always a bummer!

    I think I’m going to have to put this one on top of the TBR stack. I do enjoy an off-limits romance…especially at a beach!

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