Jun 24, 2013

My Thoughts: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howard

4 yummy blueberry lemon glazed muffins.

Cover Love:
Yes!  It's perfect, romance, summer, sea and sand.  I also love the font and layout of the title.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
A contemporary summer romance based in Nantucket?  Why wouldn't I want to read this?!  Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:
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.
Romance?: Yes!

My Thoughts:
I adored this book.  I whipped through it in one day.  The romance was so sweet, the setting was amazing, there was some tension but not so much that made me feel uncomfortable or want to put the book down.  Cricket really comes into her own, finding her own place in her world.

I loved the people Cricket was able to surround herself with--Liz, Gavin, Zack.  Her relationship with Jules was so all consuming, it's like when someone gets a boyfriend and drops all their friends to just be with that person.  That's how Cricket was with Jules and her family, so when she lost them she was really lost.  Yes, Jules was a total bitch, but Zack was able to help Cricket see why Jules was being that way.  I am not sure if they will ever repair their friendship, but Cricket grew so much that she might not need it to be what it was anymore.

The romance!  It was so very, very sweet.  I just adored Zack, what a great guy!  He was just what Cricket needed, and it started so innocently.  It was a surprise to them both and grew into something strong and real.

Most of all I loved Cricket.  She still made stupid teenager mistakes and you know there will be more, but she was able to rise above them and make amends and she was able to help her mother get out of her funk.  She was written like a real teenager, impulsive, head strong, lonely, sweet, forgiving--just all kinds of emotions.  She was fun to read!

To Sum Up:  A sweet summer romance book that I will want to visit again sometime!

Egalley requested and received from Disney via NetGalley.  Thanks so much!

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