Monday, May 18, 2015

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Source: Library
Pages: 294
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Series: Nantucket; Book 1
Verdict: Buy

SummaryFor 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.

Review: Nantucket Blue is one of the most beautifully written books that I've ever read. It rounds all the corners, touching base with friendship, family, grief, love, self-discovery, and everything more. And it's done in a non-cliche way, perfecting the art of saying a lot without annoying or offending anyone. In this book, Nantucket is a place that stays in the characters' hearts and souls for their entire lives. And in reality, this book has a place in my heart and soul, forever and ever. Seriously, it's truly fab.

There's so much depth to the characters. Sometimes it seems like they only focus on the small things in life, but it's what they hide inside that makes this book explode with emotion. But really though, bring on the feels. 

I loved Cricket. She's so sincere and kind, although she can also be naive, too. The way she took everything in stride was admirable and I really enjoyed seeing her discover herself.

I was honestly a bit annoyed with Jules, though. I know she was going through a lot, but the way she shut Cricket out and the way she acted towards those she loved was just not okay. But still, their dynamic was something, alright. And Zack, well, that's another thing altogether.

There really isn't much I can say about this book (other than it's awesome and amazing and beautiful and... well, the list goes on), because Nantucket Blue is a book that is all about the feels. (I wasn't kidding earlier.) This would be the perfect summer read, although it would be perfect any time of the year. Read this, read it ASAP, and you'll truly understand what the perfect shade of Nantucket blue is. 

Pure perfection


  1. I HAVE seen this one around! Though I never got around to reading it. Have you read the sequel? I hope you enjoy it if you have not yet read it! Five stars is amazing, so I'm sure you will be!

    Fantastic review, Grace!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Hi Alyssa, I did read the sequel (the review is coming up soon!) and it's really great as well. You should definitely give the Nantucket series a go when you have the time!

      -Grace :)