Series: Nantucket #1
Publisher: Hyperion on May 7, 2013
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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.
“’Everyone’s life has love and death and drama and hope and fear. And if you make them comfortable, if they feel they can trust you, they’ll tell you. They actually want to tell someone.’”
“”Life is full of conflict and complexity. The loss of your mother is going to be very painful and I’m afraid you’re going to have to go through it. And it will hurt…But I’m also hearing that you’re in love’, he continued, ‘And love is a rare and wonderful thing. There is nothing in the world that feels better.’’”
“Even without Holly Howard and Dori Archer, who’d been suspended for drinking on campus, we were supposed to win that game.”
My Musings: I’ve been eyeing Nantucket Blue for a while now, and I was unfortunately declined from a copy on Netgalley. I was ecstatic when I was given the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. The thing that really got me intrigued in the novel at first was its cover. It looked like a cute beachy read, and I mean, look at those models! And when I actually read the summary? I was sold.
Nantucket Blue was a great, summery read. It follows Cricket as she embarks on a journey to Nantucket for the summer—a trip that she was supposed to go on with her best friend, Jules, until Jules’ mom died. So Cricket, being the great friend that she was, decided to go and work for the summer on Nantucket in order to be there for her friend. Unfortunately, Jules doesn’t welcome Cricket warmly. And thus Cricket is left to fend for herself on an island where she doesn’t really fit in.
It really enjoyed the plot of this novel. Although the beginning was kind of slow in my opinion, it began picking up about a third of the way through the novel. Watching Cricket grow away from Jules, who I personally thought was a bit too big of a shadow over Cricket’s life, was very interesting to say the least. As was watching Cricket, Jules, and Zack grieve over Jules and Zack’s mom. The three grieved in very different ways, and that gave each of them an idiosyncratic feel.
I think that one of the best things about this novel was its characters. Howland managed to write some great and personable characters. Cricket, the leading lady, lived life as if she were part of another family—her family just wasn’t enough for her. It was heartwarming, as well as heartbreaking, to see her have to grow out of that and become closer with her own family. It was also saddening to see her flounder without Jules by her side, but I’m glad that she learned to live without her, especially after the way the Jules treated her. By the end of the novel, Cricket wasn’t afraid to go after what she wanted, regardless of what everyone else thought, and I thought that was truly admirable. Another thing that I loved about Cricket was her narration. Cricket had a very, er, blunt voice. But it was often funny and it really made her relatable.
“And on the seats, in the bathtub, on the floor, and in the sink was hair. Hair, hair, hair! It was everywhere and nine times out of ten, it was not the kind that grows on the head. I couldn’t help but wonder what people did to shed so much in this region. Were they combing it daily, letting the hair just fall where it may? Did everyone do this but me?”
Jules was another interesting character. I know that she was grieving over her mom for the majority of the novel, but I didn’t like her very much regardless. I felt as if she was overshadowing Cricket’s life and preventing Cricket from being all that she could be. I’m glad that she avoided Cricket, because it gave Cricket the time to blossom. Liz, on the other hand, I enjoyed immensely. She became the best friend that Cricket really needed—one that really, truly cared for her and what she wanted. Liz was like Cricket’s mascot, always rooting for her. Their friendship was true and pure, and I’m really glad that Cricket had Liz to help her evolve. She was also an absolutely hilarious character, and I found myself cracking up at her various sayings (she’s British!).
“’I’m thinking Colin. His willy is just the right size. Not too big and not too small. It’s perfect for Goldilocks!’”
And then there was Zack. Zack was Jules’ younger brother, so he was also mourning his mom over the course of the novel. But what sets him apart from Jules is that instead of pushing people away, he kept them close. He was a sweet, adorable character, and he was very mature for his age—I often forgot that he was younger than Cricket. Him and Cricket made a great couple, an their romance was innocent and sweet. The fact that it wasn’t as ‘sexy’ as some novels nowadays didn’t make a bit of a difference to me as I read the novel. I was too busy swooning over their adorableness!
Nantucket Blue was truly a great read that would be perfect for a nice summery day. If you haven’t already, I really recommend that you pick up this fantastic read.