A coming-of-age story with a Nantucket backdrop serves up entertainment flavored with a dose of reality.
This sequel to Nantucket Blue (2013) picks up after Cricket’s first summer on the island, which was filled with best-friend drama, first loves and heartbreak, and fast-forwards through her senior year, which concludes with a hard-won acceptance to Brown and return ticket to Nantucket. For graduation, Cricket’s best friend, Jules, presents her a framed photo of Jules’ mother, Nina, who died the year before. In life, Cricket had idolized Nina. Hidden in the frame is Nina’s bucket list of adventures, which ranges from learning how to drive and then going to Big Sur to drinking Campari on the Amalfi Coast. Without the funds to globe-trot, Cricket spends her summer creatively living her way through the list on Nantucket, but along the way, she hits significant snags, including one that throws her entire future and hard work into jeopardy. This second installment hinges on relationships of all kinds—romantic, friend-based and familial—and the ups and downs that they bring with them that push Cricket to accept her new role as an adult. Cricket is a realistically rendered just-graduated senior, with life concerns and encounters befitting an actual young adult.
Enjoyable and introspective, this is more than just a summer beach read. (Fiction. 13-18)