Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

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4.5 Stars

First, yes, I am in fact posting a review for this OBVS Summer book in October. Sorry, not sorry. :D

So I found myself nonstop thinking about Nantucket Blue after I started reading it. It only took me a couple of days to get through it, but I wanted to be reading it at every moment I wasn’t able to…kind of like how Cricket feels about her Secret Lover. :)

The story started out really sad, and I could relate to Cricket in her feeling of helplessness. I still feel that way in those types of situations and I’m an adult! Everything Cricket does is out of the goodness in her. She’s just a really good person, even when she’s frustrated with her own family. So it did hurt and anger me to see her being treated badly by her best friend. But at the same time, I got why Jules was acting that way toward her, even though she was going about it all wrong.

While in the beginning, Cricket is obsessed with FINALLY making Jay her beau, I actually took an instant shine to Secret Lover. How could I not?! And of course, the age difference didn’t bother me personally, you know, since I’m currently in an almost ten-year relationship with a guy five years younger than me and all. ;) So while I loved them together, it did feel like their blossoming relationship was so fragile, even with the strong emotions between them, because of everything happening to both of them. I was really rooting for them, and while the ending is a happy one, I made the mistake of reading the synopsis of the sequel, Nantucket Red, and WTF?! I totally shouldn’t have because now I’m upset! :(((

Now, the setting. Oh, freaking wow, it sounds amazing on Nantucket!! I so want to visit this place one day! Leila Howland did a great job at painting this place for us who have never been there.

Nantucket Blue is not only about finding first love but also about losing people you love and learning to live a life without them because as it turns out, life does go on regardless. I really loved this book and I cannot wait to read more from Leila Howland.


Book Info

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Series: Nantucket #1
Published by Disney Hyperion
Pub Date: May 7th 2013
Pages: 294
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

6 Responses to “Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland”

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    Christina (My Life In Books)

    As someone who grew up in the South Shore, Nantucket is beautiful, if a little entitled. I highly recommend a stay anywhere on Cape Cod (we Massachusettsians just call it “The Cape”) so you can take a day trip over to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard! :)

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    Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide

    I really loved this one too! I think when I first finished, I liked it — But the more and more I thought about it, I really realized how much I connected with it and loved it!
    I actually liked the age difference. I liked that it was different and hey — it does happen!
    Oh no, I didn’t read the summary for Nantucket Red and now I’m scared!!

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    Kate @ Ex Libris

    I just loved this book! It turned out to be a lot more than I thought it would be. The romance, the coming of age story – just perfect. Plus, there’s going to be a sequel!

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    HEE, Secret Lover. I LOVE IT. Although I have to say, I read the synopsis for NR about a week ago and I’m like you all “NOOOO.” BUT hopefully it’s not as bad as we think, you know?

    I thought Howland did an amazing job at making the location really come alive, even for me and I’ve never been there either. And the whole romance was just so WELL done.

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