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Nantucket Blue (Nantucket #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,012 ratings  ·  446 reviews
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 traged
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
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Nantucket Blue was more than I was expecting. I looked at that amazing cover and thought: light summer read, fun and flirty romance, lazy days at the beach. Sign me up! This was more. It was a story about defining your identity, best friends, family, loss, and first loves.

Cricket Thompson has been best friends with Jules since eighth grade. Cricket loves Jules and her family almost in a hero worship sort of way. So when tragedy strikes Jules’ family, Cricket wants to be there with her, comforti
May 15, 2013 Arlene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Arlene by: Blog Tour
Leila Howland’s debut novel Nantucket Blue is a perfect summer read that will likely be a hit for YA contemporary readers and fans of such author as Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins. I enjoyed this light and full-of-heart story that was filled with lifelong experiences and lasting friendships. Having read it from cover to cover in two short days, it was clearly a book that resonated with my taste because of the relatable characters and solid writing.

Cricket Thompson is a star athlete on the la
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Summer in Nantucket

Cricket was excited when her best friend Jules invited her to spend the summer with her family. But when tragedy comes to Jules family, Cricked is not welcome anymore. But Cricked dreamed about Nantucket for so long that she’s determined to stay there on her own!

This summer turns out to be completely different!

Cricket – my girl with the beautiful heart!

I loved loved LOOOOVED Cricket! She was beautifully real and such an incredible genuin
Cricket Thompson is a good girl with crush on a hot boy, a fun best friend and an opportunity to spend the summer in Nantucket with her best friend's family. When a tragedy strikes, and she is uninvited to the beach, Cricket takes matters into her own hands, and scores herself a job and a place to stay.

But things don't go exactly as she planned. The job falls through, the boy dumps her before they even get to a kiss and the best friend becomes a raging, ungrateful bitch. Oh, and she falls in lo
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)
Everyone's life has love and death and drama and hope and fear…

A summer spent in Nantucket should be filled with fun strolls at the beaches, parties and snagging the attention of her long time crush - that's what Cricket was looking forward to. But she spends her summer there working in an inn folding and washing sheets with her best friend not talking to her acting up that their years of friendship didn’t exist and that she didn’t even know her.

Cricket is a very genuine character with a good
Jaime Arkin
I have been sitting on Nantucket Blue for what seems like ages. I knew I was going to read it, it was just a matter of when. What better time than in the middle of the Polar Vortex we’re having!

If you’re looking to get away from the cold and snow for a couple hours and it only costs you the price of the book, I couldn’t recommend a better read.

Cricket Thompson is offered the opportunity to spend the summer with her best friend, Jules, at their place in Nantucket and she jumps at the opportunit
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Original Rating: 3.5 Stars

**I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.**

A bittersweet( and maybe a bit scandalous) contemporary about a girl's summer in Nantucket which doesn't turn out exactly the way she wanted it to,Nantucket Blue might be a good read to pack with you while going on vacation.

What I liked the most about this book is that the love triangle wasn't all that deep
I have been looking for some good reads that take place during the summertime, and I kept seeing Nantucket Blue being mentioned. It sounded perfect, and I could not resist a young adult book that takes place in Nantucket. I have personally never been to Nantucket, but I have always wanted to travel there and see it for myself.

Leila Howland does a wonderful job describing the island- from the ferries, to the houses and buildings, and even the scenery and the weather. I could really envision the
I got this book from the library because I received the second novel for free, but realized I had to read this first.

And it was okay. Some parts really look a lot of effort to keep going. Cricket is an interesting character. One minute I like her but a few pages later she gets on my nerves. It's almost like she was reforming and changing herself to be part of the "it" crowd. But then when Jules dumped her to become the wild impulsive child, Cricket found her own way on Nantucket; made new frien
Nantucket Blue has all the appearance of being a promising book, one in which exploration of relationships and identity is complemented by some summery overtones. At the very least it looks as though it might work as a light summer read. To find that it worked mostly as a source of irritation instead was not exactly welcome. For any potential that was in here - and there certainly was some - it was eclipsed by too many other things that were going on.

The story centres around Cricket, who is loo
More like 3.5 stars

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Cricket's summer started with a lot of hope. She was going to Nantucket with her best friend Jules Clayton and her family. She was finally going to be with Jay Logan, the guy she has been crushing on since forever. But life had something else planned for her.

Cricket is a great MC. She is real and relate-able. She is such a great friend. She is loyal and fights for the people she loves. She did a lot of growing up through the book. She
Since her parents’ divorce, Cricket’s mom has gotten depressed and her dad’s gotten remarried. As a way to deal, Cricket's become super-close with her best friend Jules' family, and she's excited to spend the summer with them on Nantucket. But after Jules’ mom dies, Jules unceremoniously un-invites her. Following both Jules and the boy she's been crushing on, Cricket decides to go anyway and ends up with a job as a chambermaid at a quirky inn. She struggles with her broken friendship with Jules ...more
Amanda P
In Leila Howlands, debut novel Nantucket Blue was really well written. I was hooked from the very first page! It really reminded me of The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han, which is one of my favorite series because of the romance, and the love of the beach which is also in this novel. Like any contemporary YA novel it was romantic, real, had good humor, friendship. You can really relate to the characters.

Cricket is our main character who is determined, strong and is able to hold her
Tiffany (About to Read)
Nantucket Blue is the perfect summer read. It’s carefree and fun, but still sad and tragic. It’s about growing up, discovering who you are, and falling in love. The setting was really charming and makes you want to escape for a perfect summer vacation.

Cricket is supposed to travel to Nantucket with her best friend Jules, but once Jules’ mom passes away unexpectedly, Jules just really needs some space. Cricket loved Jules’ mom and is devastated by her passing as well. She does everything she can
Daisy Chain Books
For Cricket Thompson a summer in Nantucket is a summer full of possibility; a summer when dreams come true, a summer when she finally gets to kiss her longtime crush-slash-total obsession Jay Logan. So when her best friend Jules Clayton invites her along on the annual Clayton family vacation to the island, Cricket can’t believe her luck. It almost seems too good to be true - and it is. Tragedy hits the Clayton family, and far from being embraced as one of their own as she has always thought hers ...more
I am lucky enough to have received an advance copy of this book and I LOVE it. Cricket is a wonderful narrator and character that magnetically draws you into her world. Her summer on Nantucket is hardly what she expects - full of turmoil and complicated romance - but as a reader you root for her throughout. Cricket's resourceful, and she needs to be, as she faces some hard challenges (like her best friend Jules acting like she doesn't even like her). In lots of ways, this novel is about growing ...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Cricket, what a cool name! We are introduced to Cricket who has a mother she lives with and a father who barely knows her. He has another family now. Cricket spends most of her time with her best friend Jules' family. Jules has a mother, father, and a younger brother named Zack, the traditional family in Cricket’s mind. She eats dinner with them, even has spent Christmas with them.

When Cricket is put into a rough spot concerning her best friends family, she is shut out. Jules just
Megan (The Book Babe)
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The first third of Nantucket Blue kind of annoyed me. Not to say that the book itself wasn't good, because it was, but the first third was just chock full of drama. It was all about friend issues and just general brattiness. I wanted to strangle Jules, and poor Cricket had her own little annoying things going on. I wasn't even sure that I even liked Cricket at all until all that was passed.

It just took up too much space in the book, in my opinion.
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With summer coming up soon, reading Nantucket Blue just made me want the days to go by more quickly! With beaches and boys, you're clearly headed for a fantastic summer read.
I read this one non-stop because I thought that the plot was just fantastic. I love the multiple stories and the characters involved, and how they're all connected because of Cricket. There's of course the romance, the problems with Jules, problems with her mom an
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
This was a sweet book about finding the importance of one's self instead of being so pre-occupied with what others think.

Cricket is one of the star High School Lacross Stars...

of an all girls school.

In typical fashion she has her own family drama, a crush on the hunk lacross player of a different co-ed school and a best friend which comes with an adopted family she adores.

All is well until her best friend Jules and her family suffer a terrible loss which causes Jules to push Cricket away and los

This was sweet, sad then real.

Early parts have her feeling like safe in her little nook. Happy, is what she was. While it’s not necessarily ripped out form under her, it sort of disappears. More importantly she’s at first oblivious then in denial then later clueless as to why. All they while, she’s trying to be understanding over their loss but having the most difficult time at it as she’s unable to separate their loss from hers… because that’s the way things have always been: no her, no t
You can read the blurb - Cricket's bff Jules has a tragedy, this changes her, and consequently their friendship. Cricket tries to get away from home for the summer by going to Nantucket (a good beach visit makes any book better!) and she fights falling for someone who is off limits.

There are some books that aren't really AMAZING books that I round up the rating of, purely based on how they remind me of my own teenage years - this is one of those books. While I enjoyed this book, there were a few
Nantucket Blue is a great summer read. It reminded me a bit of the Jenny Han series We'll Always Have Summer/Summer I Turned Pretty/It's Not Summer Without You deal and I know fans of that series will love this book, but it's not a rip-off. Cricket is from Providence, RI but is spending her first summer on Nantucket, determined to work her way back to her best friend, Jules, and also have a summer fling with a boy she has been crushing on since middle school.
Needless to say things don't go accor
A beautiful story about friendship, romance and family, Nantucket Blue offers a reality check on what’s truly important when the unexpected happens. Cricket is a believable character and I felt so happy for her when she chose the uneasy path to apologize for her mistake while declaring her honest feelings in front of those who might not see love and friendship in the same way as she did. But this story is not just about picking and committing to the right choices. There are quite a handful of li ...more
There were some really great aspects of this novel: the romance was unconventional and incredibly sweet (in a good way), the work friendships were really real and the Nantucket setting was great. There were also some really frustrating aspects: glorification of the BFF paradigm, the mother's diary aspect which was a bit too heavy-handed in its parallels with Cricket's summer and the unnecessary conflict near the end. There's also an odd disconnect in the narrative in terms of Cricket's body imag ...more
This book was different than how I thought it would be. The cover makes it seem like it will be a light contemporary romance, but I wasn't even quite sure who the love interest would be until more than a third of the way through. I didn't think the romance was fully developed, and so it actually wasn't even my favorite part of the book. Rather, I enjoyed reading about her internship with the journalist and her work at the inn, and I really liked the setting.

A sequel is completely unnecessary, a
Laura YA indie princess
Jan 02, 2014 Laura YA indie princess is currently reading it
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Ohhh sounds sooo good even from the little summary.
I don’t know why it took me almost a whole year to read this wonderful book when I had the ARC for the longest. If I had known what a picturesque summer novel this was I would’ve read it sooner. Just love how Leila Howland paints the perfect New England summer picture, I feel like I’m right there.

Nantucket Blue is the story of Cricket and her summer while working in Nantucket. She was originally supposed to spend it with her best friend Jules and her family. However just before they were to leav
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An advance copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Man, I've had my review copy of this book since this time last year. I've always planned on reading it because now that I'm apparently a hard-core fan of contemporaries, it sounds like my kind of story. But when I received a copy of the sequel for review, I knew I had to get my butt in gear.

So, I expected a fun romp in the summer sun with this book,
My reaction to Nantucket Blue can be summarized in one word: meh.

Cricket, our main character, is excited to spend a care-free summer on Nantucket with her best friend Jules Clayton. But then something unpredictable and tragic happens. It forces Jules and Cricket apart and Cricket's invitation to Nantucket is revoked.

Unfortunately, the most interesting thing about Cricket is her name. She has plenty of good qualities (determined, hardworking) and a few bad (vain) ones. But that's what makes h
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