Review: Nantucket Red

Apr •  12 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Nantucket RedNantucket Red by Leila Howland
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 13, 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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Cricket Thompson's lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she's headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything. Who knew living in the dorm cost money? An Ivy League education seems to mean living at home for the next four years.

When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But the faraway island challenges Cricket in ways she hadn't anticipated. It's hard to focus on earning money for next year, when she finds her world opening up in entirely new ways-to art, to travel, and, most unexpectedly, to a future completely different from the one she has been working toward her whole life. A friendship blossoms with Ben, the gorgeous surfer and bartender who encourages Cricket to be free, even as she smarts at the pain of seeing Zack, her first love, falling for her worst enemy.

But one night, when Cricket finally lets herself break all her own rules, she realizes she may have ruined her carefully constructed future with one impulsive decision. Cricket must dig deep to fight for her future, discovering that success isn't just about reaching goals, but also about listening to what she's been trying to ignore-her own heart.

I remember when I read Nantucket Blue and it was a book that, sadly, I was thinking of putting down, but thankfully the middle saved the book for me and the ending left me wanting more. When I saw that the sequel was coming out, I knew that this was the book that I wanted to read and find out what comes next for Cricket.

Nantucket Red was amazing all throughout the book. I never once wanted to put down the book and after finishing one chapter, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The book was filled with adventure, love, heartbreak, and a characters willingness to not give up. This book is the contemporary read for the month.

Cricket gets big news that she is attending the University she never thought she would get accepted to. However, her plans of staying at home while attending college is going to change when she gets an offer that sends her back to the place where things first started out, Nantucket.  Cricket for me has changed for the better in this novel on so many levels. I feel that she was not as mature as I was hoping for in the first book, but in this book this Cricket shows a whole different side and it is one that I really like.

I feel the romance in this novel is one that many teenagers go through, especially after a break-up. Sometimes, I feel, that when a person has been with someone for so long, they do not know how to be by themselves and so they try and find the next available person out there, and it sometimes is not the right person.

Overall this book was a great read for me. I was not expecting Cricket to make the decision she did but I am glad that she stayed true to herself and I am glad that I got to experience that. The Nantucket series is one that I feel people should check out, for it will take you on an adventure that will be hard to forget.

I give this book 5 bites!




1 Comment

  1. Amy @ Book Loving Mom
    Apr 12, 2014

    Great review! I love it when a second book makes me want to continue a series even if I didn’t really care for the first one. That happened to me with Perfect Lies. I didn’t really like Mind Games, but I really enjoyed the second one. I’m glad that Cricket improved in this one. I didn’t read the first book, but after reading your review, I might give this series a chance.