Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Pub. Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Hyperion / Disney Book Group
Format: Hardcover
294 pages

For Cricket Thompson, the summer before her senior year looks like it will be nearly perfect. Her school Lacrosse team has just won the championship game, and her best friend Jules Clayton’s family has invited her to spend the summer on Nantucket Island. A summer on Nantucket means not only a great time with the Claytons, but a summer without a crappy babysitting job, and without having to deal with her fathers new marriage, and her mothers withdrawal from normalcy.

When the Claytons are unexpectedly shattered by a death, everything changes. On Nantucket independently, working and living as a maid at the Cranberry Inn, Cricket does her best to stick to a motto of “lie low, look good, and learn”. From the beginning of the summer when all of Crickets plans fall apart along with her relationship with Jules, to the end of the summer, Cricket gains a lot more than an excellent vacation by falling in love with the one person she knew she should have stay away from.  

Nantucket Blue is the perfect summer read that you won’t want to put down. Everything about Cricket is real. She is the girl next door that you want to be friends with, the self-conscious girl you will relate to, and the girl with a romantic life that is anything but perfect, but most definitely desirable. Some serious problems/issues are touched on, but Howland keep these struggles on the lighter side, and pairs the lows with some really great highs. While you may not envy cleaning washrooms and changing duvets, you will wish you could spend the summer in Cricket’s Nantucket.

A really great read from a first time author, I can’t wait to see what Howland publishes next.

Perfect for teens and adults alike. 

Rating 9/10

** I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and honestly review. I was in no way compensated

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