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.
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Cricket – I felt she was a very authentic YA voice. I got her and I felt her pain.
Zack – I lacked a connection with him but I did like him. I would have liked a little more time with he and Cricket actually talking.
Liz – I wish I could hear her IRL! I was going to include a few of my favorite quotes but that is basically anything Liz said. Loved her so much!
This was a beautifully written contemporary that not only read fast but was an authentic YA book. Everything about it felt true to a teenager’s response and I loved it all. I do have to say I figured out (it’s a bad habit I just can’t break it) where the book was going pretty early on. Did this stop me from reading? No. Did it make me not want to finish? No. Did it stop me from loving the book? No. This is a great contemp that is the perfect book to “cleanse” your reading palate and give you a boost if you might be in a reading slump. I cannot wait to read more by Ms Howland in the future.