Publication date: 7 May 2013 by Disney Hyperion
ISBN 10/13: 1423160517 | 9781423160519
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Keywords: Beach, Summer, Beach Read, Romance
Format: Hardcover, ebook
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...
Nantucket Blue is a light beach read many will enjoy. Cricket Thompson has always dreamed of going to Nantucket with her best friend Jules and her family. This year, she finally gets her wish! But when a personal tragedy strikes, Cricket is uninvited and left without a place to stay. On willpower and bravery, Cricket finds a job with room and board, meets an array of new friends and possibly finds love in an unlikely place. But as her relationship with Jules turns sour, Cricket is in danger of losing more than she thought.
Cricket is a loyal, patient and true friend. I like that about her. She wants to be there for Jules, even though Jules is not acting like herself at all. And through the book, while she is in Nantucket and her friendship with Jules is disintegrating, Cricket does try to be the better person and a good friend. That said, I felt like Cricket lacked the passion, the drive, the fire to be a really interesting main character.
Jules could have been the most interesting one. After the tragedy, she lashes out. She becomes someone almost unrecognizable to Cricket, withdrawing into her self and away from her best friend. But this is barely touched upon. I would have liked to see more about Jules and what challenges she was going through. It's lightly touched upon, but the story is more focused on Cricket's side and her loss of her best friend. Not only would this have made Jules a more sympathetic character, more layered and interesting, but I think it would have added a much needed weight to the plot.
The love interest is cute and sweet, but I felt like this character wasn't substantial enough for me to be emotionally invested in. The romance reminds me of summer love, which isn't a bad thing considering this is a beach book.
Overall, I liked Nantucket Blue. It's a fun story to relax with by the beach or the pool.
*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.
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