Nantucket Blue

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I have had Nantucket Blue on my to be read list for such a long time now that I forced myself to read it this month! It was a quick, easy, summery read, so I was quite happy that I pushed myself to read it. Nantucket Blue would be a perfect Summer read. It’s not too complicated and it could easily be read in one sitting. I initially thought I wasn’t going to connect with the story, but it was the relationship between Cricket and an unexpected guy that kept me turning the pages.

Nantucket Blue centres around Cricket (I can’t get over that name!) her best friend Jules and Jules’ family. A tragedy strikes Jules’ family which changes friendships. I won’t tell you what the tragedy is, even though it is revealed early on, because I don’t want to ruin the story. I thought that the beginning of the book was strong, I was pulled in and felt sorry for the characters when the tragedy struck. Unfortunately, the friendship between Cricket and Jules was affected by the tragedy, and this is when I started to feel less of a connection to the characters. I think it’s because I found it hard to believe in some of the character’s decisions. Of course, tragedies do affect us all in different ways, but for me, I couldn’t reconnect with the characters.

The romance, as I mentioned, kept me reading. It was sweet, yet it didn’t override the story. I think Nantucket Blue is worth checking out, the story has a lot of promise and you might connect to the characters much more than I did.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

WWW Wednesday #68

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

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I have just started Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland. I’m only about 60 pages in, so I haven’t formed much of an opinion on it yet. It seems like it’ll be a good, contemporary YA read.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I finished The Wrong Boy by Suzy Zail last night. It absolutely blew me away. It’s the story of Hanna and her family who are in Auschwitz. I thought the writing was incredibly easy to read, it was powerful and so emotional. I’d highly recommend this book.

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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Next up for me, is Curtis Sittenfeld’s book Sisterland which I will be reviewing with my sister, Beth. I’m looking forward to this one! I’ve read Prep by the same author and I’m intrigued to read another book by the same author.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this week? Let me know! Happy Reading! 🙂

 

Stacking The Shelves #48

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

I’m really happy with my haul this week!

NetGalley:

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I had requested books ages ago and they all seemed to be approved at once! Most of these are January releases so I’ll try to get to them soon. Out of this little selection I’m most excited to read Anything To Have You by Paige Harbison.

Bought:

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I decided to buy these books because I’ve heard great things about them!  I can’t wait to read Goodbye Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell. I’m also excited to read Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown. I’ve loved everything I’ve read from her before.  I’ve also heard great things about Golden by Jessi Kirby and Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland. I’m intrigued by Jenny Han’s series which kicks off with The Summer I Turned Pretty.

Oxford University Press:

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I am attending an Oxford University Press blogging event at the end of January. They kindly sent me these two books to read before the event!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your links!