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Nantucket Blue

(Nantucket #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  5,020 ratings  ·  587 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 trage
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
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Danielle They talk about losing there virginity and they say that she had sex but there aren't any actual sex scenes. 12 might be a little young though.…moreThey talk about losing there virginity and they say that she had sex but there aren't any actual sex scenes. 12 might be a little young though.(less)

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Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 l
3.5 stars
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read full Review at Bewitched Bookworms

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 genui
Karla Mae (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 goo
Nobonita - The Bengali Nomad
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: See Review
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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
Stephanie Alexander
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
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, read-in-2018
Honestly, this could have been so much better if only we would have read about the relationship developing between Cricket and Zack. But like, we only got 'Oh I saw Zack he was very handsome at the beach' and then 'I think I'm really liking him' to 'Oh, I love him' but we didn't get to see why she was falling for him like there were basically none of their interactions so this was a let down.

Okay this review is a mess i'm sorry its 1am and that's all i have to say for now
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
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
Brittany S.
Somewhere around 4.25 stars. Not 4, not quite 4.5

Initial Impressions: Super cute and really quick read! I like how Cricket and her situation really felt REAL and not like "based on something that COULD happen but totally wouldn't". Loved her relationship highs and lows and how they didn't need to develop right away in the book. It took a little time to get to the romance and I really liked that.
I also enjoyed that they were still a few loose ends because hey, life is messy and things don't all
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-but-unowned
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
Laura's Book Addiction
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, 2013-wishlist
'Words were ghosts. They were what haunted me.'

Well I started reading this book last January and put it down as it wasn't pulling me in but I decided to give it another go and nearly over a year since Then I devoured it in one sitting and I'm so glad I picked it back up. Cricket has a great voice and I kinda love Zack. It would have been a five star rating but I felt like I still have questions that need answers. I need Nantucket Red now!!!!!
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
Tiffany (About to Read)
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Once in a while I do enjoy a sweet YA stories and I love when they are set at the coast or on an island during the summer time.

Nantucket Blue follows 17-year-old Cricket who spends her summer vacation on Nantucket even though her best friend Jules uninvited her from her familys house.

The book has a nice summery setting and I loved the descriptions of Nantucket. The story itself didn't quite work for me. There were some cute bits and overall the story is enjoyable but I wasn't really captured by
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
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Nantucket Blue turned out to be a perfect summer read, something you could devour in one day lounging in the sun. Leila Howland transported me to Nantucket, her descriptions were so vivid that I felt like I was there along with Cricket. I didn't have many expectations because I didn't know too much about the book, but it surprised me and really impressed me. I now have a new book to add to my list of perfect Summer rea
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This review was originally posted on The Book Hookup here .

Christina's Review:

*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: Actual rating of 3.5 stars! I went into this novel expecting a cutesy beach read despite the summary of "tragic los
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it

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
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
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour
Originally posted at:

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
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I have to say that I loved this cover! I love summer it is my favorite part of the year and I love summer stories. Leila Howland did an EPIC job of describing Nantucket and places surrounding it. It is beautiful and the beaches and the restaurants are a great getaway.

This story had so many things going on for it that it dealt with a few issues that at first you don't see coming but when they happen and are spoken about you go back and say wow I never saw that coming. Can you imagine havin
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Megan (The Book Babe)
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 opini
Princess Bookie
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Leanna (daisychainbooks)
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
An ok summer

I just needed a beach read and Nantucket seemed to fit the bill. However, I have to say it wasn't that great of a book. I guess it worked as a light book for the summer, but I wouldn't ever read it again. It just wasn't that enjoyable.

The writing was mediocre. I wouldn't say it was bad. It just wasn't my favorite. I probably won't be reading the sequel to it.

The plot was ok too. I liked the whole summer vibe of it. That was really interesting. However, I didn't feel like the actu
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Leila Howland grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. She is the author of the YA novels Nantucket Blue, for which she was named a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start author, Nantucket Red, and Hello, Sunshine, as well as the Silver Sisters middle gra ...more

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