By Leila Howland
Disney Hyperion, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
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.
This book was GREAT. It was very much like Sarah Dessen. It had her themes and style and such. It wasn't as good as Sarah Dessen YET, but I think that Leila Howland will be just as good in the next few books or so.
It had everything: sadness, romance, the beach and drama. There was a small twist at the end, too, which was fantastic. I will definitely read all of the authors other books and you should, too!