Book Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Posted 19 March, 2014 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Title: Nantucket Blue
Author: Leila Howland
Published by Disney Hyperion
Series: Nantucket #1
Date Published: 2013-05-07
Pages: 304
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.

My Thoughts: 
So, I had seen Nantucket Red around the web, on WoW’s and Wishlists and I knew I had to have it, too. When I was approved to review a copy, I researched it some more and knew I had to read book 1, Nantucket Blue, first. And, I found a copy of it for super cheap (thank you Amazon!) and snatched it up. I devoured this book. Due to my father being in and out of the hospital and finally into a rehab, it did take a little longer to read but Ms. Howland hooked me, hook-line-sinker, with this awesome book! I devoured it best I could as I was dealing with my father. Oh.My.Goodness. It was the perfect read for the spring-y weather we had over the weekend. 

I loved the story line, of happiness, sadness, anger and love. Cricket is a wonderfully chiseled character and getting to know her was a fabulous experience. And Zach…..well, let’s just say “oh to be a teenager again…..”. Swoon. Seriously. I loved him. My heart went out to him so many times through out the story, when death invaded and heartache ensued. 

The scenes of summer, and the emotionally moving friendships that grow, truly make for a wonderful, captivating read. I fell in love with Cricket, Zach and even Zach’s sister Jules. Ms. Howland is a superbly talented author whose writing style is captivating and unique- a perfect blend of lovable characters, scenes that suck you in and sparks that fly with young love. I definitely recommend this novel to all those young adults, and adults who love young adult reads. The ending will leave you dying to find out what’s next in Nantucket Red and I can’t wait to dive into it! Well done, Ms. Howland on an incredible 4 star start to an incredibly addictive series! 

About Leila Howland

LEILA HOWLAND loves to read, explore L.A., and engage in funny and meaningful conversations with her friends and family, especially her brother who calls from Washington D.C. whenever he’s waiting for the bus. A lot gets discussed in those phone calls, but they tend to end abruptly when the bus shows up. She can really cut the rug, but wishes she could sing without people covering their ears. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. It was a lot of fun and she often talks about “getting back into it.” The closest she has come was a stint as an extra on The Young and the Restless in 2010. Leila now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs. She teaches high school English and blogs for HelloGiggles. NANTUCKET BLUE is her first novel.

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