Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Review: Nantucket Blue

Nantucket Blue
Author: Leila Howland
My Rating: 3.5 stars
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Synopsis: 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.

Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone's life has love and death and drama and hope and fear.

Stories about friendship and family always hit home and this is one of those books that you’d never expect to tug your heartstrings. I honestly never thought about heartbreaking moments between friends and family when I planned on reading this but it had those.

Cricket is very enjoyable to read. She seems charming and fun and I actually admire her guts to go to Nantucket on her own. The friendship between her and Jules is really adorable. I love how they’re comfortable with each other as well as with each other’s family. 

I can somehow understand where dependency with Jules’ family. Her family was not its best. Her father has a new family with a new kid. Her mother, although she encouraged Cricket to spend time with her, she wasn’t actually doing a good job and was still wallowing about her old life and neglects her family’s needs. But despite understanding Cricket’s situation, sometimes it was also annoying. 

“There’s nothing worse than fighting with a friend.” 

I kinda understood why Jules got angry with her but I hated how she acted towards her. She might be hurting because of what happened to her own family but that doesn’t give her permission to be a bitch to her best friend. I felt really bad while reading it. I can’t seem to accept how harsh she was towards her friend. 

Zack was also a sweet character. I never felt that he was Jules’ younger brother at all. He was fun and really enjoyable to read. 

How Cricket eventually found her place was really enlightening and heart-warming. I was happy for her to finally figure things out in her life and find her happiness. The part where her friendship problem with Jules was sort of left unresolved just showed us that friends doesn’t have to be attached by hip all the time—sometimes, they also need time apart. 

This book will make you want to go to the beach and enjoy the sun as you join Cricket in her life’s journey.


This copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.