Book Review

Book Review: WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep Blue

Title:                       Words in Deep Blue
Author:                  Cath Crowley
Publication:          06 Jun 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf
Genre:                   Young Adult, Contemporary
Format:                  e-Galley




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.


Words in Deep Blue is a story revolving around a bookshop and all the memories it has with all the characters, main or secondary. Written in alternating points of view and by exchange of letters, it also tells stories about friendship, love, loss and grief.

Rachel had moved back to Gracetown to stay with her Aunt Rose after failing Year 12. There she will try to live a normal life after the loss of her brother, Cal. But at the same time, she also has to face her past, which is her ghosting her bestfriend, Henry.

Henry is moping his breakup with Amy. He is quite oblivious of the fact that she doesn’t really love him and only uses him when she has no one to run to. Although he knows that for a fact and that everyone around him tells him that, he is just too blinded by his love for Amy. Until Rachel came back into his life.

This is your typical young-adult novel at first thought. But for me, it is more than that. I think the setting is what really got me. I love the idea of a story revolving around books and bookshops and anything book related. I really love the Letters Library because customers get to write ideas on the books and even leave letters. It is like they are sharing a part of them in the book.

This actually got me into daydreaming that I would really like to meet or even be with someone who is into reading just like me. Someone whom I can discuss and argue with over a cup of coffee or dinner the thought behind a book we just read. I would love my children to be able to hold and read tangible books instead of electronic ones.



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