Mini Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Author: Leila Howland
Series: Nantucket #1
Published: May 7th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Borrowed from the library
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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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
FTC DISCLAIMER: I borrowed a copy of this book from my library. I was in no way compensated for this review.
As with all of my mini reviews, I’m just going to share some of my notes. Warning: lots of all caps and ranting.
- UUUUGGGGGGGHHHHH. SLUT SHAMING RIGHT OFF THE BAT. WOOHOO.
- And not only is there slut shaming, but there’s this talk about how another girl “fixed” her reputation, like it’s always your fault if people get the wrong impression of you. You should just be like this other girl who worked hard and pulled herself up by her bootstraps and made it all better. PUKE.
- SO MUCH SLUT SHAMING.
- I’M GOING TO COUNT ALL THE SLUT SHAMING THAT HAPPENS IN THIS BOOK. FINAL TALLY: 9 TIMES. LOVELY.
- The synopsis makes the situation Cricket gets into seem like this thing that happens to her. But it’s really her decision.
- The conflicts in this book seem really forced at times.
- Ugh. Body shaming.
- This is supposed to be a romance book and I’m 1/3 in and no romance.
- She calls her mom a slut because in her diary she said she WANTED to have sex with someone. WANTED TO. THIS IS RIDICULOUS. ESPECIALLY SINCE CRICKET HERSELF WAS THINKING THAT MAYBE SHE WOULD HAVE SEX WITH SOMEONE BY THE END OF THE SUMMER. GRRRRR.
- I feel like some info has been edited out.
- Just started getting into romance territory a little before the halfway point.
- At least it seems like she maybe, kind of, a little bit learned her lesson about slut shaming. Maybe.
Overall, I didn’t love Nantucket Blue. And it seems as if there weren’t even many redeemable parts, or at least I didn’t write any in my notes. But there are plenty of other bloggers who really enjoyed this book, so you can check out some of their reviews below.