Summary

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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Review

My rating:

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Hi, everyone! Another review coming your way, this one being on Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley! Now, besides being Aussie Lit, which I love reading btw, it was a pretty great story with dual POVs, focusing on two friends at the core of it all. But if I’m being honest, there was a third “character” I liked reading about, and that was the book shop, Howling Books! It made me want to show more support to local bookstores! 😁

Anyways, I enjoyed reading Words in Deep Blue because of how much love for books is shown. Lately, when I’ve been reading about book lovers, it’s usually people trying to find love in the form of their favourite fictional character. While I was reading this book, it was like reading Obsidian and finding a kindred spirit in Katie. I know I use Obsidian and Katie as reference for my favourite kind of book lover, but no more! Words in Deep Blue has a whole array of characters that love books just as much! I also adored the idea of the Letter Library, which had to be the sweetest part of the book, even better than the characters in some cases.

The characters, though, were pretty amazing themselves. I love the amount of effort put into making such round main characters. I feel as if I know so much about them, and yet I read about these characters in just a short amount of time. The only reason I would give it four stars instead of five is because I also became really invested in the secondary characters’ lives, but the book doesn’t discuss them as much. I understand why that is, with first person being a limited POV, but I would have liked to know more about Henry and Rachel’s parents, Lola, even Amy, although she was kind of horrible… I really wanted to know what made her tick, though! 

Well, that’s all I have to say about Words in Deep Blue for now. I really liked reading it and now want to read some other novels by Cath Crowley, like Graffiti Moon. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya