Seventeen-year-old Cricket appears to have a pretty fabulous life. She’s a talented athlete, has a great best friend and may possibly be the love interest of one of the cutest boys in the school. Cricket becomes even more lucky when her best friend, Jules, asks her to come to Nantucket with her for the summer. Cricket is thrilled because she won’t be subjected to another boring summer of babysitting. Plus, her crush, Jay, will be on the island, too.
"It was most certainly one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves beaches, romance, and excitement."
Unfortunately, Jules’s family experiences a tragic event just before summer starts, shredding the summer plans for Cricket. Crushed but determined, she decides to go to Nantucket on her own and soon gets a job as a chambermaid at an inn. Cleaning bathrooms wasn’t exactly what Cricket had in mind when she wanted to go to Nantucket, but it’s not the only thing that didn’t live up to her expectations. Jules repeatedly pushes her away, and Jay is angry with her. Amidst her loneliness, Cricket learns to appreciate the beauty of Nantucket, the many unique personalities of its inhabitants and a boy who she previously overlooked. The summer is shaping up to be quite different from Cricket’s original plan, but could it still be her best one yet?
In writing NANTUCKET BLUE, Leila Howland has created the perfect summer beach novel. The characters were achingly real, and the descriptions of their surroundings were incredibly vivid. I quickly connected with the main character, Cricket, and was rooting for her throughout the book. The secondary characters were also well-developed and had many aspects to their personalities. As in real life, every person in NANTUCKET BLUE had a story, creating a highly interesting plot. The descriptions of Nantucket in the novel were also very well-written. The images of the island’s timeless charm were so enticing that I desperately wanted to be there. Having visited Nantucket myself last summer, I felt that the essence of Nantucket was captured excellently.
I devoured NANTUCKET BLUE in two afternoons (despite attempts to pace myself) and was devastated when it ended. It was most certainly one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves beaches, romance, and excitement. In other words, every teenage girl should read it. As it depicted the joys of summer magnificently, NANTUCKET BLUE will definitely be residing in my beach bag this summer.
Reviewed by Jennifer B. on May 20, 2013
- Publication Date: May 7, 2013
- Genres: Young Adult 14+
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- ISBN-10: 1423160517
- ISBN-13: 9781423160519