I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
on June 6, 2017
Also by this author: Graffiti Moon
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC, ARC
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
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. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.
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.
Seeing that Words in Deep Blue takes place in a bookshop was all it took to make me add it to my TBR. This book turned out to be so much more, though. It an emotional, beautiful story about characters I fell for in just a short amount of time. It was one of those books I continued to think about for days after finishing. I loved every single word in this lovely book.
My favorite thing about the book was definitely the characters. Henry was the most precious adorable thing ever. He had a quirky sense of humor that I loved. He was romantic at heart. Rachel was fantastic too. Her grief was palpable. Her loss broke my heart, but I loved slowly seeing her have moments of happiness. Especially with Henry. Their interactions were sometimes fun and sometimes emotionally charged.
The romance is a little bit slow-burn-ish. Rachel was in love with Henry years ago, before she moved away. Henry is head over heels with a girl that treats him like crap. It was wonderful seeing Rachel develop feelings for him again and seeing Henry wake up and smell the roses. The way their feelings and relationship happened didn’t fit the normal YA standard and it was utterly refreshing.
One of the best things about this book is the books. Henry works and lives in his family’s bookshop. His love of the shop and books was extraordinary. I think we can all relate to the reading and bookshop aspects of Words in Deep Blue. There’s also the Letter Library in the book. A section of the shop is dedicated to customers leaving letters or writing notes in books. There’s some letters interspersed throughout the book and it added so much to the reading experience! Who doesn’t love letter and secret admirers?
The writing is gorgeous, which is just what I expected from Cath Crowley. Aussie writers just have a way with words that blows me away. This is a short book but it packs a huge punch. You will laugh, cry, and fall in love. If you’re looking for a different kind of YA book, one filled with books and letters then you need to get your hands on Words in Deep Blue as soon as possible.