Author: Leila Howland
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 :)