Saturday, April 27, 2013

Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Title: Nantucket Blue 
Author: Leila Howland
Contemporary YA
Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
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Nantucket Blue was fresh, cute and reminded me about everything that is good about summertime. I actually started a bit apprehensive because Cricket, our heroine, was kind of annoying in a this-girl-doesnt-have-a-clue kind of way, she liked to do stuff and think about the consequences afterwards, so it got her in trouble sometimes. But despite my inability to like Cricket, I was still mesmerized by the beauty described.

I've never been to Nantucket but after this book I am enchanted by it, it definitely sounds magical. I also thought the story was sweet and it moved fast so I never got bored, but I got exasperated plenty of times. Maybe because Cricket was young and a student in an all girls school but she was just too self-centered, always thinking about why everyone and everything was unfair to her. I did like how she considered the Clayton's her family but I didn't like how she forgot about her own mother.

However, I couldn't hate Cricket towards the end, in fact, I even felt like hugging her and crying with her. I loved the sweet, sweet romance between her and Zack, and I was kind of surprised that Zack was younger than Cricket yet they still became a couple, that's kind of unusual in YA but here it worked. It made Cricket seemed a little bit cool to me.

I also think they way things ended between Cricket and her best friend Jules and between Cricket and her father; both were unfair but realistic. I loved that the author didn't try to give everyone a happy ending because that's not how things always end in real life, sometimes friendships are ruined and it sucks but it's real.

I would recommend to fans of My LifeNext Door and/or The Summer I Turned Pretty, since this has a similar tone. But honestly it's a good one for any contemporary fan :)


  1. I have to agree, at the beginning, Cricket was a bit clueless.. especially with her friend, but I completely get why she gave her friend so much leeway.. and you are right, I loved her towards the end. I just hoped there was more BEACH and SUMMER in this book.. Nantucket sounds beautiful and I even googled it! but I was dying for Cricket to at least visit the beach ONCE, but that never happened.

    great review!
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. I think she did go. I remember her being at the beach all day with Zack, or I could be wrong, I read this a long time ago haha.

  2. I never really liked Cricket either, and I STILL couldn't make myself like her even towards the end of the book. I still enjoyed the book, though. The supporting characters and vivid details made this book so good.

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

    1. Yeah, she was hard to swallow. What she did after she slept with Zack was unforgivable. (when she saw that guy she had a crush on and then she... Yeah THAT)


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