Waiting on Wednesday: Nantucket Red


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Nantucket Red by Leila HowlandNantucket Red by Leila Howland
Publication date: May 13, 2014

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 liked last year’s Nantucket Blue a lot, and I had no idea there was going to be a second book until I saw it pop up on NetGalley. Unfortunately, I got denied (very quickly, too: within hours!) for the ARC, but I’m okay with waiting. It’s a summery book, so I don’t know if I would have been in the mood to read it in February or March.




  1. I haven’t read Nantucket Blue yet, but since I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately, both of these titles sound really, really good right now. Oh dear – now my wish list is growing even more… I love it when characters come to the realization that what they’ve always worked for may not necessarily be what they need. I wonder if that’s the direction this book is going?

    Thanks for sharing!
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  2. There are a ton of books I haven’t gotten around to reading yet (because really, I mean, SO many books). Nantucket Blue is one of them, unfortunately. But hope you enjoy it! 🙂
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