Nantucket Blue by Leila HowlandTo be published by Disney-Hyperion
on May 7, 2013
Source: e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. Please see my full FTC disclosure on right sidebar.
Summary (adapted from 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. 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 of Nantucket Blue by Leila HowlandI don't know what the weather is like where you live, but around here, spring is in bloom and summer is lurking around the corner. Which makes me long for some lazy days reading in the sun. Reading Nantucket Blue was almost as good as a day at the beach.
After a tragedy in her best friend's family ruins Cricket's plans of summering with them in Nantucket, Cricket decides she'll make the summer happen on her own.
I'm fairly familiar with Nantucket and, while I thought some of the scenes felt a bit predictable -- stuff like crusty Nantucketers in faded Murray's Toggery pants snubbing the washashores with their ACK bumper stickers -- the book does do a good job of depicting the uneasy relationship between the locals who live on Nantucket year round, the people who vacation there, and the army of seasonal workers who make hotel beds and sling fried clams when the island's population increases five-fold in the summer months.
Nantucket Blue had an abundance of plot lines. There was the Clayton family tragedy, the breach in Jules' and Cricket's friendship, the death of a local politician, Cricket's discovery of her mother's journal, Cricket's relationship with a writer staying at the inn, and Cricket's forbidden summer romance.
This book reminded me of the Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Both books feature a family tragedy, a secret romance, a vivid summer setting and a girl who is trying to navigate the minefields of teen friendship and love.
Tell me in comments: what's your favorite summer-themed book?