Publisher Disney -Hyperion
Publication Date: May 13,2014
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance.
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 read Nantucket Blue last year and loved it but had no idea that it would be a series, when I read the first book it wasn’t. When I came across Nantucket Red while at the library, I had to check it out. Though I didn’t like it way that I loved the first book, it didn’t seem to keep my attention as much and reason for 4 stars. Most of the book was pretty interesting, there was just parts in book that I found myself wanting to skim through. Ever since I read last book, I did find myself wondering what would happen with Cricket, with Zack. Where the life would lead her next, if her and Julia would ever go back to friendship they once had. Nantucket Red had answered most of those questions. Quite few twists happened in the book that I did not see coming. Cricket & Zack’s break up, Cricket getting arrested, Zack dating Parker. There were still quite few twists, storyline that kept my interest and kept me on wondering what would happen next. I’m curious if there will be another book after this, I am curious to see what adventures Howland will take Cricket and her friends on next.
Zack & Ben : Loved Zack since the first novel, his attitude and how much he cared for Cricket. After reading Nantucket Blue I didn’t think that anything could tear them apart, they were in love. Maybe that’s why I did not see the break up coming. Of course moment Cricket said that they should go on ‘pause’ I had a feeling that something would go wrong, that never works. At least it doesn’t work how they thought that it would. I was sad for them when they broke up, knowing that they still loved each other. I did think that Zack moved on pretty fast from Cricket and to Parker, but I did wonder if there was a reason he was with her, especially when he said that he was protecting her. I could tell the two still loved one another, how they acted around each other, especially on night that all of them got drunk. All though the book I was rooting for them to get back together. As for Ben, I thought that he was sweet most of the time, and he did care about Cricket just not way that Zack cared for her, he didn’t love her. I didn’t see a real connection between two of them. Despite him denying it, I know that he still loved his ex-too. Both of them were in love with someone else.
I love the titles that Howland comes up with and it fits the storyline too. Nantucket Red, how can it not capture any reader’s attention? Even if you didn’t read the first book. Both title and the cover is eye catching, and that’s how I came across Nantucket Blue actually. One surprise that came out of this book was friendship between Cricket and Julie, I never thought that their friendship go back to way that it was. Considering what the two of them went through the summer before. I was happy to see that it did, I could tell that the both of girls missed one another. I knew that she forgiven her, otherwise she wouldn’t helped her get back into Brown. I love reading books about summertime, considering summer started too. If you enjoyed Nantucket Blue, Nantucket Red is a book that worth picking up and checking out. I’m eager to see what story Howland will come up with next.