Sunday, May 12, 2013

Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Nantucket Blue
by Leila Howland
Published:  May 7, 2013
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley
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.

My Thoughts:  Everything seems to be going great for Cricket Thompson.  She has her best friend Jules, Jay, the boy she has crushed on forever is finally paying attention to her, and Jules family has invited her to spend the summer with them in Nantucket.  Cricket thinks things can't get any better, then suddenly tragedy strikes and everything falls apart.  Cricket still makes it to Nantucket, but not with Jules.  In fact, after the tragedy, Jules seems to hate her and want nothing to do with her.  Zack, Jules brother, still wants to be friends, and the two of them wind up spending time together, but when friendship turns into something more, is Jules willing to go for what seems forbidden, or will she be willing to take a chance on love?

Nantucket Blue is a great summer read.  The story is cute and entertaining, and the romance is sweet.  I liked getting to know Cricket and watching her mature as the summer progressed, while she figured out what was really important and what wasn't.  I loved Zack's character.  He was really a really great guy, and he ended up surprising me.  Jules really ticked me off and despite feeling sorry for her, I didn't like her much at all.  I truly enjoyed the secondary characters, Liz, Gavin, and George, which were all entertaining and well written.  They were pivotal in helping Cricket get through her summer.  If you want a light, fun, cute, and romantic summer story that doesn't take a long time to read, then Nantucket Blue fits the bill and you may want to check it out.  

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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.


  1. I am glad this was a cute read for you. I have this in my TBR pile and while I probably won't get to it soon, it does seem like a great summer read and summer is just around the corner!

  2. I loved this one, and Jules was just awful to Cricket. Cricket did have a good summer anyway. Wonderful review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. I've been interested in this since the first time I saw it. I'm glad to see you enjoye Raw Blue so much. Great review, Ellen!

  4. I'm glad that you enjoyed this one!! I really enjoyed the romance between Zach and Cricket as well1 And her "best friend" AH. I really disliked her.

    great review!

  5. Absolutely loved this book! It was a great blend of topics, smaller and bigger problems and I truly enjoyed the romance! I do feel kind of bad for Jules and I understood where she was coming from, still I couldn't help it being frustrated and angry with her too!

  6. I haven't heard of this book before now but it sounds great. Definitely adding this on to my TBR pile.

    A wonderful review :-)

  7. I want to read this one. Nice review!

  8. I really enjoyed Nantucket Blue, I loved Zack, he surprised me too! I really struggled to like Jules despite the circumstances...
    I love this review!

  9. I agree, this was a great book!


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