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Posted May 27, 2014
I picked this book up because I have been looking for nice conte
I picked this book up because I have been looking for nice contemporary YA reads. I have been impressed for the most part by what has been suggested for me lately, so this seemed to slip right into that category and I thought for sure I would like it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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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.
I have to say that I love the cover of this book. It's so simple but relays so much. The sand, the water's color, the two teens on the beach. I really love how the story is portrayed in the cover.
Cricket starts off this story with a bang. We meet her while she's playing a lacrosse game. It's intense and her personality comes through immediately: she's tough and confident and not afraid to go for what she wants. But when tragedy strikes her best friend, she kind of loses that oomph and fizzles a bit. She flounders and realizes that much of who she is has been based on her best friend, Jules. She's suddenly unsure of herself, so much so she becomes a bit annoying in her actions towards others. And it also forces her into a totally selfish place, where she cannot separate her needs and the needs of others.
Jules, well, I didn't get enough about her to really get to know her. Since the tragedy strikes her family, she's pretty much introverted the entire novel. She doesn't want to have anything to do with Cricket and feels Cricket has been moving in on her family, wanting to be a part of it. And Cricket has become part of her family, but now Jules needs her distance and Cricket has a hard time realizes and understanding this. Honestly, I didn't even really understand her. I needed more development from her to really see why it was she pushed Cricket so far away.
Zach, I love him. He's quirky and funny and just all around lovable. He flirts, but it's in such an underlying way you're not really sure if that's what he is actually doing. And I love that he's younger than the girls, it makes him more vulnerable. But Zach is so strong, so much stronger than anyone realizes. He totally understands himself and what he wants and he's not afraid to go after it.
The secondary characters in this book are great. Cricket's mom, who is quite distant. Cricket's Dad, who has taken on a new family and pretty much pushed Cricket away. And the people Cricket meets along the way, who help her realize what she needs and how she must break out on her own to get it: George, Gavin and Liz.
The pacing of the story is nice. It's slow in some parts. And I can say that Cricket tended to get on my nerves more than anything else. I wanted to really punch her at times. And it wasn't until the final 10% of the book when she realizes what she needs and that's to change how she is, to be less selfish. It was hard for me to wait that long for it.
Howland's writing is good. She draws you in right away with the sports scene and keeps you there with her witty characters. She portrays real life teen dramas in a way that is understandable and relatable. Teen selfishness is not unheard of for sure!
Overall this was a fun, easy and fast read. Definitely a read for people who like sweet contemporary YA
Posted May 15, 2013
Fun Summer Read Everything seems to be going great for Cricket T
Fun Summer Read
Everything seems to be going great for Cricket Thompson. She has her best friend Jules, Jay, the boy she has crushed on forever is finally paying attention to her, and Jules family has invited her to spend the summer with them in Nantucket. Cricket thinks things can't get any better, then suddenly tragedy strikes and everything falls apart. Cricket still makes it to Nantucket, but not with Jules. In fact, after the tragedy, Jules seems to hate her and want nothing to do with her. Zack, Jules brother, still wants to be friends, and the two of them wind up spending time together, but when friendship turns into something more, is Jules willing to go for what seems forbidden, or will she be willing to take a chance on love?
Nantucket Blue is a great summer read. The story is cute and entertaining, and the romance is sweet. I liked getting to know Cricket and watching her mature as the summer progressed, while she figured out what was really important and what wasn't. I loved Zack's character. He was really a really great guy, and he ended up surprising me. Jules really ticked me off and despite feeling sorry for her, I didn't like her much at all. I truly enjoyed the secondary characters, Liz, Gavin, and George, which were all entertaining and well written. They were pivotal in helping Cricket get through her summer. If you want a light, fun, cute, and romantic summer story that doesn't take a long time to read, then Nantucket Blue fits the bill and you may want to check it out.
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Posted August 30, 2014
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