Nantucket Blue

NantucketBlueNantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Published: 5-7-13 by Disney Hyperion
Get the book: Amazon, The Book Depository

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.


Design – Marci Senders       Photo – Michael Florres       Rating – 2/5

This cover is awkward. I really dislike book covers with people almost kissing. The colors of the photo are nice, and I appreciate that neither face is completely clear. The worn edges of the photo are strange for a book cover, and the distressed texture of the title is too much for me.

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Nantucket Blue is a story about how Cricket sort of finds herself in the midst of all her plans falling apart. Most of the characters refuse to talk about their feelings and the plot is predictable. The story ended up being a lot more focused on Cricket’s fight with her friend than on Cricket’s self-discovery. Overall, Nantucket Blue is an ok way to pass time, but I wish I’d just skipped it and read the sequel, which sounds more interesting.

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  • the inn – Cricket gets a job at an inn, cleaning rooms alongside the fun and funky Liz. I wish there had been more of Liz in the book – she’s so lighthearted and carefree. Gavin, the guy who runs the inn, is also fun and quirky. I think Cricket would’ve been better off if she’d hung around with them more often.
  • George – George is a writer whose muse only comes when he’s drinking Diet Coke. He acts as a sort of Yoda figure for Cricket while he struggles to finish his biography of a snooty local politician. George and Cricket’s friendship is one of the best, most genuine relationships that Cricket has. She helps him for little in return, and he gives her advice that mostly amounts to telling her to relax.
  • premise – The idea of Cricket’s summer plans falling through at the last minute, leaving her scrambling to find a new arrangement is fascinating. She arrives set to blow off steam and lend Jules some support. Instead she ends up working hard and discovering new things about herself, her friends, and her family. I admire her attitude and perseverance in finding a new way to spend the summer exactly where she intended. 

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  • Cricket’s taste in guys – Oh, Cricket, why? She likes Jay Logan, who is a stuck-up jerk, simply because they have spoken a handful of times at parties. She doesn’t come to her senses until much too late, and it’s annoying that she seems to be over Jay simply because he spurned her attention. I’m really unclear on why Cricket likes Zack. She develops this sudden attraction to him that appears to be based on her recent rejection, her loneliness, and Zack’s willingness to pay attention to her. While Cricket is obsessed with Jules’ grief, she conveniently forgets the fact that Zack also lost his mom and needs a distraction from his family’s sadness.
  • Jules – While Cricket is unwaveringly devoted to her best friend, Jules is able to simple brush Cricket off like it’s nothing. Jules is nothing but rude to Cricket, even going so far as to tell her that no one wants her around in Nantucket, and she never shows any guilt over this treatment of her “best friend.” Cricket isn’t without her flaws, and grief makes people do crazy things, but Jules’ behavior is cruel beyond rationalization. Cricket did what I would want a friend to do if I were grieving – she made it known to Jules that she was there for her no matter what, no matter when. It was Jules who chose to push her away and drown her sorrows in beer and shallow people.
  • Cricket’s matchmaking – Cricket would much rather run away with another broken family than stay home and deal with her own. Instead of trying to understand her mom’s feelings about the divorce, Cricket decides to try to set her up with half the guys in Nantucket. ‘Ooh, Mom slept with a nameless guy here 20 years ago?! I am 100% sure it is the 1st middle-aged man I set eyes on in Nantucket. I will set them up and they’ll be together forever!’ It’s silly to read your mother’s diary, freak out over the intimate bits, yet keep reading it to find the participant of those particular passages. I fail to see how Cricket was so convinced that, because a guy knew her mom way back when, it means his is the guy in the journal. 

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“I don’t believe in ghosts,” I said. I never have. It always seemed like there was too much in real life I was supposed to be afraid of: drunk drivers, rapists, unwanted pregnancy, HPV, undercooked chicken, toxic shock syndrome, and a bad reputation. I just couldn’t add the unseen and paranormal to my list.      – Cricket  pg. 78


As she walked past me on her long, old, freckled legs, her proud standard poodle strutting beside her, I wondered how it was that on this tiny island off Massachusetts, with its candy-cane lighthouse, church bells on the hour, daffodils, and ice-cream cones, nowhere felt safe.     – pg. 109

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Acquired: bought (ebook)


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