Saturday, May 24, 2014

Nantucket Red by Leila Howland

Author: Leila Howland
Title: Nantucket Red
Series: Nantucket #2
Publication: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Netgalley via Publisher
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.
When I realized that there was a book two coming out, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I loved Cricket in Nantucket Blue. The summer is over and Cricket and Zack, still haven't decided what they plan do afterwards. In an effort to savor  the moment, they pause their relationship to pick back up next summer but one of them can't take being apart. What happens next is well life. Cricket gets accepted into college at Brown but the expenses of staying on campus are steep, so she has to stay home and commute. However, she receives an opportunity to move out, she just has to show she wants it by coming up with half of the amount. The only way for her to get that is to go back to Nantucket, where she is sure to bump into Zack and his new girlfriend. Cricket is an adorable character and it's great experiencing her finding her way. She wants to go to Brown but she also wants something more. She discovers a list on the back of a graduation gift given to her and takes it upon herself to live out her own version of this list. What happens next is an adventure she never expected that will bring new love, renewed friendship and different perspective on life. Overall, this was a pretty fast read for me and I enjoyed the story and characters. I liked how the author brings the world of Nantucket to life in a way that's so realistic I could touch it. 

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