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Nantucket Red by Leila Howland Review 7/3/14

Before I review Nantucket Red, I thought you might like a little refresher on the first book, Nantucket Blue. This is what I wrote in March, 2013:

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Cricket Thompson knows that this summer is going to be epic. She has been invited to spend the summer in Nantucket with her best friend Jules and the rest of the Clayton family. In addition to beach parties and sunbathing, she is confident that this will be the summer that her long-time crush, Jay Logan, finally notices her. Unfortunately, all her plans go up in smoke when tragedy strikes. Her invitation is revoked and she faces a summer trapped bouncing between her depressed mother and newly remarried father. Taking matters into her own hands, she heads to Nantucket alone to offer her support to the Claytons. Nothing goes according to plan, but Cricket manages to have an unexpectedly epic summer in spite of everything.

This touching debut novel is the perfect summer read. I loved Cricket and her devotion to Jules and their friendship, even at a time when Jules could not reciprocate. Readers may be eager to criticize either or both of these characters over their treatment of each other, but I have actually been in both situations and have to say that they are both completely realistic and believable. The romance was a bit of a surprise (though admittedly I had hoped for it) and provided an interesting plot twist. The forbidden guy was sweet and funny and the issue of sex was well handled. I enjoyed all of the little side stories and each one plays a role in shaping Cricket into the person she was both when she arrives in Nantucket and who she is at the end of the summer. There is plenty of conflict to sink your teeth into, but the moments of pure joy will warm you heart. I will definitely be watching for more from this author.

You may also enjoy The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

And there is more!

nantucket red

Nantucket Red by Leila Howland
May 14, 2014
Disney-Hyperion
Hardcover, 288 pgs.

What it’s about:

All of her hard work has finally paid off for Cricket. She is heading to Brown University in the fall where she will play lacrosse. Her scholarships will cover most of her expenses, but she still needs to make some fast cash, so she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. It becomes immediately clear that the island she loved so much last year is not the same, but then again, neither is she. She is bombarded with new people, experiences, and opportunities, but it is when she with her oldest friends that she makes her biggest mistake. One poor decision could jeopardize everything that she has worked so hard to earn. Cricket is forced to reexamine her plans and really think about what she wants for her future.

Why you might like it:

Are you looking for a fun, summer-y, beach read? Look no further! The island of Nantucket is all about sun and surf. Curious about what life after high school has to offer? Cricket and her friends are busy navigating a whole new world and trying to find where they fit in. Do you like your romances to have a little conflict? Are you a fan of the girl who finally listens to her heart and stands up for herself? You will probably enjoy Cricket’s roller coaster of a summer. She weathers the ups and downs like a champ! This book is all about Cricket and the exciting new adventure she is embarking upon.

Want more?

You might also enjoy Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando and Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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Nantucket Red by Leila Howland Review and Random Reads 5/1/14

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Nantucket Red (Nantucket #2) by Leila Howland
May 13, 2014
Disney-Hyperion
Hardcover, 288 pages.

What it’s about:

Nantucket Red picks up immediately where Nantucket Blue leaves off, so be sure to read start at the beginning of this series! After the events of summer, it is time to head back to school for senior year. After being accepted to Brown, Cricket needs to make as much money as possible over the summer. Nantucket is the place to be for this venture. Nantucket is a place of bittersweet memories, but also new adventures and experiences and Cricket is ready to embrace them. However, one night of living large with her best friend could have long-lasting consequences for Cricket.

Why you might like it:

Do you love a summer romance? What better place to have a summer romance than at the beach? This book will have you packing your swimsuits and heading to the ferry for a summer of island fun! Do you like a little drama with your romance? Well, things are particularly easy for Cricket in the love department. Readers will be cheering for her, but her situation appears hopeless. Are you looking for stories with characters heading to college? The transition from high school to college can be challenging and Cricket and her friends have a lot to do to prepare for their next great adventures. If you are looking for a summer read that isn’t all fluff, you will probably enjoy the Nantucket books!

Want more like this?

Try The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, Roomies by Sarah Zarr, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen,  Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, and Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt.

 

random reads

Random Reads is a meme where we pick a random book from our shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I use my To Read list and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee and it was wonderful.

This month I am reading a book that was just recently added to my TBR list:

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder, which looks like a cute road trip book, but apparently is not all light and fun. I’ll let you know!

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This was #179 on my list, added March 5, 2014.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan Readathon Review 4/28/14

Happy Monday *yawn* *reaches for more coffee*! This weekend I participated in my sixth Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. I love this online reading challenge for so many reasons. First and foremost because it is an excuse to sit around and read all day (and night) long. I also love the online camaraderie it builds as you explore new blogs and complete mini challenges. And if I am being completely honest, I kind of love the excuse to snack. Snacks are important. Anyway. I made it to Hour 18 this year and finished 5 and 2/3 books. Sound like fun? Consider signing up for the October challenge!

Here’s a quick check-in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for another round of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Finished:

dust nantucket redbreakfast walking dead 18 walking dead 19 walking dead 20 bar code tattoo

  • The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S King-this is her debut novel and the last of her books that I needed to read. Emer Morrisey is pirate who is cursed to live the life of 100 dogs. When the curse is fulfilled she is able to pick up where she left of. Sort of. This was an odd and entertaining book and I enjoyed it, but I am glad this was not my introduction to A.S. King.
  • Nantucket Red by Leila Howland is the sequel to Nantucket Blue. The story picks up shortly after the end of the first book with Cricket and her boyfriend (no spoilers!). The new relationship comes with complications and to add to that Cricket needs to plan for college. I know that is vague! I really enjoyed the continuation of Cricket’s story. This is a fun summer romance, but start with the first book!
  • Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs is a lovely and charming debut novel. Gloria is a collector of the written word. She signs up for a summer workshop at the local college that offers a mysterious sounding class called Secrets of the Written Word. She leaves her dad, her best friend, and all connects to social media behind and embarks on a summer of discovery.
  • The Walking Dead vols 18-20 by Robert Kirkman. Brutal.
  • The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn. This book was recommended to me by a teen reader. I am glad she enjoyed it, but this book inspired rage in me. I am not ready to talk about it! Needless to say, I will not be reading the rest in the series.

Current Audio:

little brother accident

Currently Reading:

geography of you and me storm front rules for breaking

On Deck:

enchantment messenger stuck in neutral

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

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Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Disney Hyperion
May 7, 2013
304 pgs

Cricket Thompson knows that this summer is going to be epic. She has been invited to spend the summer in Nantucket with her best friend Jules and the rest of the Clayton family. In addition to beach parties and sunbathing, she is confident that this will be the summer that her long-time crush, Jay Logan, finally notices her. Unfortunately, all her plans go up in smoke when tragedy strikes. Her invitation is revoked and she faces a summer trapped bouncing between her depressed mother and newly remarried father. Taking matters into her own hands, she heads to Nantucket alone to offer her support to the Claytons. Nothing goes according to plan, but Cricket manages to have an unexpectedly epic summer in spite of everything.

This touching debut novel is the perfect summer read. I loved Cricket and her devotion to Jules and their friendship, even at a time when Jules could not reciprocate. Readers may be eager to criticize either or both of these characters over their treatment of each other, but I have actually been in both situations and have to say that they are both completely realistic and believable. The romance was a bit of a surprise (though admittedly I have hoped for it) and provided an interesting plot twist. The forbidden guy was sweet and funny and the issue of sex was well handled. I enjoyed all of the little side stories and each one plays a role in shaping Cricket into the person she was both when she arrives in Nantucket and who she is at the end of the summer. There is plenty of conflict to sink your teeth into, but the moments of pure joy will warm you heart. I will definitely be watching for more from this author.

You may also enjoy The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Happy Reading!

˜Megan