Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland | Book Review

13597696Book Title/Author: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
: Disney Hyperion May 2013
Genre: Contemporary YA
Series: No
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I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear!






Cricket and Jules have planned the perfect summer — Cricket will stay in Nantucket for the summer with Jules and her family, who is the perfect family Cricket wishes she could have, and Cricket will finally get Jay to fall in love with her since he also vacations there. Cricket’s plans fall to pieces when a tragedy happens to Jules’ family and suddenly Jules is being cold and distant to Cricket and telling her that her dad won’t let her come anymore. Cricket is determined to still have her amazing summer on Nantucket and be there for Jules so she finds herself a job. Her perfect summer isn’t exactly what she thought it would be with Jules and a new forbidden crush emerges that could really complicate things more.

I really enjoyed this one and thought it was a fun beach/summer read though not entirely light and fluffy. It was a quick read that explored a few relationships — romance, a fractured friendship and a strained mother-daughter relationship —Β  in a really great setting that will have you thirsting for your own summer romance in Nantucket. I really LIKED it and on paper it looks like it should have been an absolutely PERFECT read because I can’t really pinpoint what I DIDN’T like about it but, for some reason, I never got to that OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH point like sooo many of my friends.

The biggest thread of the story really revolves around Cricket and her best friend Jules. They have had that ultimate close friendship that every girl wants until this tragedy happens in Jules’ life and suddenly Cricket is being shown the cold shoulder. I thought this break in the friendship was done really well and felt realistic of that weird kind of tension that happens between friends — the analyzing & asking yourself WHY they are made at you, that longing you have to tell your best friend something, etc. I actually identified a lot with Jules after this tragedy and, even though she was being a royal BEYOTCH to Cricket, I just always felt for her because I did a lot of pushing people away after my mom passed away. However, I had a hard time when I found out her reasoning for it. I liked that their storyline wasn’t so cleanly wrapped up but I will admit to wanting more.

I really enjoyed the romance aspect of this story. It felt like it fell into place just perfectly and was so romantic and sweet and very worth of the swoon. I loved how it developed and the complications that went along with it but it was this really bright spot in the story when it was hard to deal with how Jules was being and the dynamics between Cricket and her parents.

I thought Cricket was easy to relate to and I thought she was incredibly realistic. She wasn’t a perfect character, you wanted to smack her upside the head sometimes but ultimately you could feel for her. She wanted to be there for Jules even when Jules wasn’t having it and she had a big heart even if sometimes she didn’t look out for herself. I really liked Cricket’s interactions with the secondary characters that she meets on Nantucket and I thought they were really special and added a lot to Cricket’s summertime adventure. I loved the character development of Cricket and that she realized she couldn’t stay stuck in the past. She deals with a lot in this summer and I think, though there are ups and downs, she handles it gracefully.

I thought Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland was a really great summer read that had a little bit of everything in it. I loved that it wasn’t just a romance but a story about friendship and parental dynamics and how Cricket handles these things and really starts finding out who she is. Truly, I can’t really think of anything that bothered me or that I didn’t like about it, however, I only really felt like “oh I really LIKED it” rather than OMG I LOVED IT. Somewhere it just didn’t click for me as it did for all my friends.



Let’s Talk: Have you read of it? Heard of it? If you’ve read it what did you think? Did you HATE Jules like I know so many others did or did you understand her to some degree (even though you still want to punch her sometimes)?

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Great review, Jamie! I really liked this one, too, and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t just a light, fluffy, summer romance, but something with a little more depth to it. And I loved Cricket! πŸ™‚

  2. That was actually how I felt about it too. I REALLY liked it but I never got to “OMG LOVE”… It was actually after I had finished the book and started to write my review, talking about it with people, and seeing it on Twitter that I started to realize it was settling in on me and I started to kind of fall in love with it. The more I talked about it with other people, the more I got excited for it and I really did enjoy so much about it! That almost never happens, but I think it took a while for this book to sort of “settle” with me. Usually that happens and my opinion lowers haha. I liked this pleasant surprise! πŸ™‚

  3. YES! I really enjoyed this one, and it had all of the elements that made it possible to become a favorite of mine, but there was just something missing from it. I really liked how it wasn’t just a light read, there was a little bit more to it!

  4. I kow just what you mean when you say there was something missing. It should have been just a bit better than it was. I will always love that cover though.

  5. I thought this one was just okay. Like you, I enjoyed it, and I liked the Nantucket setting, but I’m not going to go out of my way to suggest it to a reader unless they are looking for something similar to story and/or setting.

  6. I LOVED this one. It’s frustrating when you can’t put your finger on exactly why you don’t like a book.

  7. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    I never got that “Omg I love it” feel either. What I did get was swept up in the setting. I have never been to Nantucket, but felt like I could easily place myself there after reading this story. I think this is a good solid read for the beach or pool. Something to occupy your mind, but doesn’t linger much after.

  8. I actually just started Nantucket Blue yesterday so I’m excited to see where I come out on the spectrum…will I LOVE it? Or will it be a good “like”? πŸ™‚

  9. Great review! The setting hooked me and I like strong female MCs. I’m going to read it on Nantucket Island later this summer. It got a very positive review in the NYT books section a few weeks ago.

  10. I think this is the first review of this book that someone said they didn’t OMG LOVE it. Which is good! I mean, I love a book that’s highly loved, but I always feel like something’s wrong with me when I don’t OMG LOVE it! I’m really wanting to read this one regardless though! It may be a great end of the summer book for me! πŸ™‚