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Nantucket Red

(Nantucket #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,047 ratings  ·  249 reviews
Cricket Thompson's lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she's headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything. Who knew living in the dorm cost money? An Ivy League education seems to mean living at home for the next four years.

When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
LOVED. Not as much as Nantucket Blue, but oh my gosh <3
deanna ✨
How to read this book without getting pissed at:
• protagonist
• at the love interest
• and at yourself

for being sadistic/masochist enough to even go through this angsty/bs of a plot that could have been avoided if:
they knew how to communicate better
the love interest wasn't being an idiot
the protagonist wasn't being an idiot
seriously. you two have cell phones. COMMUNICATE

1). Open the book.
2). Read up to the point where they break up (which is in the first two/three chapters).
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
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I read and reviewed Nantucket Blue, and gave it 4/5 butterflies, and instantly moved onto my copy of Nantucket Red. I had found Nantucket Blue to be a really easy read, it had it's funny moments and it's cute romance moments. It wasn't a book that blew my mind or anything, but it was definitely enjoyable. So I went into Red with high hopes, I was hoping for another fun, enjoyable read. Unfortunately, for me at least, N
Jen Ryland
Jan 22, 2014 added it
Shelves: may-2014
I started out unsure about this one -- the first few chapters moved through an entire winter and spring at a rapid clip, and as a result there was a lot of narrative summary. But once summer arrived and the story really got going, I got much more invested.

This is a story about change -- facing change, accepting change, adapting to change - and I liked that. Friendships and romances are strained and broken and sometimes remade, but nothing remains exactly the same.

I agree with Starry Eyed Jen th
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 / 5
Really loved this sequel ,made me feel so many emotions !!
This duology is in my opinion the perfect summer reading material!
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley, aaw-yeah
a three point five (maybe even a four) (i cannot decide!)

Well, now... for a while there I thought this sequel wasn't going to hit the same high notes that the first did. I was wrong, it only took one or two chapters before I got into the flow of things to recall why I was so engrossed by the first book as much as I was.

For those expecting happily-ever-after's in this, this isn't exactly just that. Recall the frustration felt over a friendship unraveling; then, recall the giddy feel over Cricket
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
Originally posted on SuperSpaceChick :

It took me WAY too long to read the conclusion to Leila Howland’s Nantucket Blue series after having loved the first book as much as I did but it wasn’t completely my fault! If I had been able to find my copy of Nantucket Red I would’ve read it sooner but despite labeling all of the 20+ boxes of books I packed, it was nowhere to be found until I went through every last box on a mission to find it (of course it was at the bottom on the last box). I didn’t
Ashley (Loves Books)
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Real rating: 2.5 stars

**A version of this review will post to Ashley Loves Books at a later date.**

Three pages in and I remembered how little I liked Zack. 20 pages in and I was ready for him to just shrivel up and go away. And…well I can’t say what I want there since it’s a spoiler, but I was glad we had Ben introduced, even though he was fairly predictable in terms of what he would do for Cricket. I liked him, despite all his baggage, and thought what he added was much needed.

And even though I
Lauren R.
It took me forever to actually read this book and I didn't expect the ending (aka not seeing these characters again) to hit me so hard. As usual, Cricket was a typical teenager who made stupid decisions and jumped to conclusions. It's hard to read that now that I'm not that age anymore, but it makes me so nostalgic for that summer between high school and college. I feel old now. Anyways, this was a fantastic duology that I'm sure I'll revisit someday. ...more
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
My thoughts are everywhere with this book. I can only handle so much romance strife in a book before it drives me insane. A lot of the aspects of this story were enjoyable, but I found a lot of flaws in it as well.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While the fact that this book exists totally broke my heart when I heard of it, I think it was a perfect sequel. Books don't always show after the happily-ever-after. It's hard and rough and sometimes more trouble than trying to achieve HEA in the first place. I think this books shows that to great effect. Well done!

Full review here.

I was really happy with Nantucket Blue. I thought it was a fun, sweet summer read with plenty of substance, and I was very satisfied with the way it ended. So, natur
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

3 Cute Finding Your Way Stars!!!

eARC for Honest Review from Disney - Hyperion via NetGalley

After meeting Cricket and Zack in Nantucket Blue I couldn't wait to find out how their relationship blossomed in this book. 

As I was quickly hoping for a HEA and a cute YA romance I was surprised to realize that this is not what I was going to get. Instead this is a tale about growing up, becoming your own and finding your own path.  Once you can do that then you get the sweet r
Brandi Kosiner
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read Nantucket Red because I really enjoyed the summer feel of Nantucket Blue. But not only did it have the fun and free feeling, there was also a romance I enjoyed, the tension with her friend, the loss of friend's mom, as well as Cricket having to work hard and how she grew as a result of her summer in this high end community.
When Nantucket Red started, we got to see Cricket at home, in her groove with the private school, an athlete as well as trying to still navigate the waters
Emma Mclauglin
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i thought that the book was amazing!!!! It made me feel like i was apart of there life.
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Nantucket is the second book in the series, and I was happy to find it. The ending of the first book was one of those bittersweet ones, so to have Cricket’s story continue was certainly something that I want to read about. This is a great view of that summer between the last year of high school and a new chapter starting college, and how things can change so much.

Cricket is back from Nantucket and is in her senior year of high school, being offered a scholarship has her excited for college, bu
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started reading Nantucket Red almost immediately after I finished its prequel, Nantucket Blue. Although the first book was good and addicting, there were a few things that just didn't quite seem resolved, and so I had to find out if everything worked out in the end.

Nantucket Red took place soon after the events in the first book. School is about to start, and Cricket and Zack are about to go to school in separate states. They had to decide if and how they would continue their relationship.

Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

Oh, this book! Nantucket Red is a wonderful story. I loved being reunited with Cricket and other familiar characters from Nantucket Blue. But most of all, I love how Howland really explores that time between high school graduation and college orientation, how she tackles the feelings and situations one might get into. It had me tearing up towards the end, which I always think is an excellent thing.


(Originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

Nantucket Red is an incredibly awesom
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4.5 stars

When I first learned that Nantucket Red was Cricket's story of personal growth, and not a continuation of her romance with Zack, I lost a little enthusiasm to read it. I am not really sure why, since I enjoyed Nantucket Blue for more reasons than the romance, but that is why it took me so long to pick it up, despite all of the promising reviews. Until one fateful Saturday when I had no idea what to read next and so I wondered over to my bookshelf... and well,
Kelly | xoxo, Kelly Nina
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fantastic follow-up and conclusion to Nantucket Blue. This book continues to be full of raw emotions. Leila Howland doesn't know how to fake it. Her characters are honest and real and feel like people you know in your real life. Full review to come closer to publication date :)

Full Review At...

Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yes. Yes. Yes. LOVED this series. This is one of the few series in YA that I think actually deserves to be a trilogy (just for the spectacular characters). Leila is one of my new favourite authors and she made me absolutely adore stepping into Cricket's world. Perfect book to kick off the summer with! ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Is there going to be a Nantucket Yellow or something because I would love a whole rainbow of colors for this series, please and thanks.

Longer review to come...
Michelle To
Actual Rating: 2.5/5

Talk about character regression. Ugh.
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
this book was to slow and it didn’t catch my attention that much
Kyra (Book Allure)
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, read-in-2018
3.5 stars

Definitely better than the first one.
Quite an enjoyable summer read, and now I wanna go to Nantucket
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
*ARC kindly provided by Disney Book Group thru Netgalley.*
Cristina (Girl in the Pages)
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
There’s something about Leila Howland’s writing that makes it compulsively readable among the huge selection of YA contemporaries on the market today. I think it’s due to a combination of the dreamy, beachy setting of Nantucket along with her willingness to go just a little farther than other YA authors in her heavier content, from sex to grief to bullying. There’s a rawness around Cricket’s experiences that makes the narrative hit home a little more without compromising its status as a fun, bea ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nantucket Red places its focus on things like freedom, independence, friendship, and self-exploration. Nantucket Blue was more about experiencing those magical butterflies for the first time and falling in love with someone you didn't expect. I'm a sucker for romance, so enjoying this book even more than the first was a pleasant surprise.

The story picks up where it left off at the end of summer. Cricket and Zack decide to put their relationship "on pause" when Zack goes off to boarding school in
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't really see the point of this book. I feel like the message and and overall theme of the book could have been included in the first one. Maybe it's been too long since I've read the first one, but I thought Cricket's obsession with Nina a little strange. I don't remember Nina being so fancy; I thought she was more of a hippie free spirit like Sadie. (view spoiler) ...more
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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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