Author: Cath Crowley
Publication date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 273 pages
Source: e-ARC from the publisher (Thank you, Penguin Random House!) / Finished copy (purchased from National Book Store)
Love lives between the lines.
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.
Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.
As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.
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A poignant and reflective novel, Words in Deep Blue delves into love, family, friendship, and grief. It contains characters with distinct voices that emanate authenticity throughout the story.
In the early parts of the novel, main character Rachel, is enveloped in sadness because of a tragic event that her family experienced. The loss weighed her down and resulted into a change in her personality. But as the story progressed, the old Rachel slowly resurfaced, transforming her aura into a warm and pleasant one.
Henry, the second main character, is a smart and witty guy whose dynamic energy toned down Rachel’s melancholic vibe. His passion for books is beyond compare! I love how Henry helped Rachel get through her grief, as well as understand her situation completely.
Rachel and Henry’s romance unfolded at the right moment, which makes it so special. It gave both characters ample time to sort out their feelings until they were sure of them. It’s really awesome when romances don’t feel rushed in books.
I appreciate how author Cath Crowley created Howling Books into a character itself. The bookstore is the heart of the story and the binding force of all the characters’ relationships. Cath Crowley’s fluid, lyrical writing has an irresistible charm that will hold your attention for hours. I’ll definitely read more of her books! 🙂
For someone who has been in love with words since forever, reading Words in Deep Blue is a priceless gift I have given myself. My love for literature grew deeper with every minute I spent reading it. Most importantly, the novel made me believe that words and books have the power to make a great difference in people’s lives.
A heartfelt love letter to all bookworms young and old, Words in Deep Blue is a beautifully crafted story that will illuminate your soul in remarkable ways that words couldn’t explain.