by Leila Howland
Original Publishing Date: May 7, 2013
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Obtained Via: Won(thanks you Armchair BEA & Disney Hyperion!)
Format Read In: Hardback
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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.
So a lot of readers and bloggers have loved Nantucket Blue. But to be completely honest, I found it boring and difficult to conceive. I found Cricket to be a really irritating main character. She’s a bit reckless, doesn’t think things through, and makes some pretty big mistakes. Now, I like my main characters reasonably flawed, of course, but I also like them to have growth, which I saw very little of in Cricket. While she’s slightly more tolerable by the end of the book, she still really annoyed me. Does she learn some lessons and become a better person by the end? Yes. Does she still frustrate me? Also yes.
There’s an intertwining storyline of Cricket’s summer in Nantucket and her mother’s summer in Nantucket back in her teenage years, which I also didn’t buy into. Everything just seem really contrived and hard to follow. Cricket also reads her mother’s diary, which could be interesting, but it bugged me a lot that Cricket’s mother’s diary entries were in a script font that was really hard for me to read. I skipped over a lot(because it was such a challenge), only to go back later once I realized things were becoming relevant to the plot.
The romance in this book, while it had the potential to be cute, felt lackluster because of the lack of believability between the characters. At no point did I feel like they were a good couple or a cute couple. Some of the ways Howland wrote scenes was good, but the combination of characters cancelled most of that forward momentum out for me. By the end of this book, when things happened(won’t say for fear of spoilers), I was just so THROUGH with this storyline. I found myself skimming the past 50 pages because I was so far in that I didn’t want to DNF but I also just really wanted to move on to my next read. And while this is how I felt about the romance, it’s pretty much indicative of my feeling towards the book as a whole. I don’t think it’s a bad book, but it was definitely not for me and I wouldn’t recommend it widely(though many others loved it).
Final Impression: The best I can do to muster up my feelings on Nantucket Blue is a weak, “meh”. It’s not a terrible book and it doesn’t make me want to rant about bad characterization or plot, but there was no emotional attachment to the characters for me, only vague annoyance. Mostly, I was just bored while reading. 2/5 cupcakes.