Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland


5 Critic Reviews

This is a natural beach read, but will easily win Howland year-round fans, too.
-Publishers Weekly


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.
Plus a sneak peek from Nantucket Red, on-sale May 2014!

About Leila Howland

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Author Bio: A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila Howland spent five years acting in New York in everything from an MTV public service announcement for safe sex to a John Guare play at Lincoln Center and was a proud company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. Currently, she teaches high school English and English as a second language in downtown Los Angeles and occasionally moonlights as an extra on the Young and the Restless. This is her first novel.
Published May 7, 2013 by Disney Hyperion. 305 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

on Mar 11 2013

This is a natural beach read, but will easily win Howland year-round fans, too.

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on Mar 13 2013

Cricket’s narration vacillates between hyperbole and thoughtful introspection, making the text feel uneven in places; this reflects Cricket’s development, as the narration matures along with Cricket.

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Reviewed by Margay Roberge on Feb 01 2013

...this was a pretty good book. A quick, light-hearted read.

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Reviewed by Jennifer B. on May 20 2013

In writing NANTUCKET BLUE, Leila Howland has created the perfect summer beach novel. The characters were achingly real, and the descriptions of their surroundings were incredibly vivid.

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Reviewed by alicemarvels on May 24 2013

Nantucket Blue deftly juggles a wide variety of authentic coming-of-age experiences...

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