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:
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
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Nantucket Red by Leila Howland
May 14, 2014
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.
You might also enjoy Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando and Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller.