Title: Words in Deep Blue
Author: Cath Crowley
Publishing: 2016 by Pan Macmillan
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary; Romance
Source: Borrowed from Library
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Goodreads’ Rating: 4.26 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind
I picked this book up because I had hear a lot about it in the online book community and I thought that it sounded like a good story. This book is set in a second-hand bookstore and revolves around friendship, family, love and books..what is not to love?
In Words in Deep Blue we follow two main characters, Henry and Rachel. Henry lives and works in the bookstore called Howling Books along with his parents and younger sister, George. Rachel is Henry’s best friend. At least she was, until she moved away and stopped talking to him for reasons he did not know. When she moves back and takes a job at the bookstore, she is not Rachel. She is a completely different girl, and no matter how much Henry tries to get his best friend back, she is nowhere to be found.
Eventually the truth about her brother’s death comes out, and her personality change makes sense..slowly the old Rachel appears and things go back to how they were before, with an added potential for love.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were relatable, even if Henry’s obsession with getting his awful ex-girlfriend back was a little annoying, the closer he and Rachel got, the less he wanted his ex back and the more I liked him. Rachel was so closed off in the beginning, rude and a little obnoxious to all around her, even to Henry, who was supposed to be her best friend. I related to her so much, as I have also lost my brother. I know what it is like to lose someone who you are that close to and not know where to turn and feel like your whole world is falling apart. I thought that Rachel was brave for (eventually) talking about losing her brother and going back to the ocean that stole him from her and I admired her for that.
As for the other characters, George was a bit of a loner, but with the help of a boy named Martin who began working in the bookstore, she began to become a bit more of a regular person. Martin himself was a great character. He was nerdy and weird and head-over-heels for George, they were so good together.
The side-story of the letters that were left in the books within the “Letter Library” of the bookstore was really nice. It was a place that you could write love letters to those who loved the same books and to the poets who wrote the words.
I gave this book a 4/5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who loves a beautiful setting and young romance.
Cath Crowley is an award-winning Young Adult novelist published in Australia and internationally. Her works include The Gracie Faltrain Trilogy, Rosie Staples’ Minor Magical Misunderstanding, Chasing Charlie Duskin (A Little Wanting Song), Graffiti Moon and Words in Deep Blue. Cath studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT and works as both a freelance writer, manuscript assessor, and creative writing teacher.