Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep Blue

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...

Title:Words in Deep Blue
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ISBN:1101937645
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:273 pages

Words in Deep Blue Reviews

  • Stacee

    I fell in love with Cath's words with Graffiti Moon and I knew I wanted to read this before I knew what it was about.

    I loved Rachel and Henry. They're both going through so much and while they rate differently on the spectrum of bad, to each of them, it's catastrophic. I loved their dynamic, their banter, their desperation to help the other when they weren't doing well themselves. And of course there are a small cast of characters who are all excellent and add a layer and texture to the story.

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    I fell in love with Cath's words with Graffiti Moon and I knew I wanted to read this before I knew what it was about.

    I loved Rachel and Henry. They're both going through so much and while they rate differently on the spectrum of bad, to each of them, it's catastrophic. I loved their dynamic, their banter, their desperation to help the other when they weren't doing well themselves. And of course there are a small cast of characters who are all excellent and add a layer and texture to the story.

    The plot is engaging, but it's the prose that did it for me. The topic of books and words and the passion the characters feel for them, it was electric. I was absolutely captivated and as always, I want to roll around in Cath's words.

    Overall, this felt like a love letter. It was hopeful and heartbreaking and at times the grief was palpable. I was shaking my first to the sky in one page and hugging my arc in the other.

    I will forever read this book.

    **Huge thanks to Knopf and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**

  • nick

    HOW? How do Aussie YA authors do this? How do they just take a seemingly straightforward premise and make it wholeheartedly their own? Seriously, I bow down to their genius. My real love affair with Aussie YA started with Cath Crowley’s Graffiti Moon. When I read the synopsis of Words in Deep Blue, I knew that I had to have it in my life. This book slowly crept up on me and by the end, had me bawling my eyes out.

    Told in the point of views of two friends, Rachel and Henry , and set in a quaint li

    HOW? How do Aussie YA authors do this? How do they just take a seemingly straightforward premise and make it wholeheartedly their own? Seriously, I bow down to their genius. My real love affair with Aussie YA started with Cath Crowley’s Graffiti Moon. When I read the synopsis of Words in Deep Blue, I knew that I had to have it in my life. This book slowly crept up on me and by the end, had me bawling my eyes out.

    Told in the point of views of two friends, Rachel and Henry , and set in a quaint little second-hand bookstore, Words in Deep Blue was a book bursting with heart and emotions. Rachel’s voice nearly destroyed me with how poignant and emotional it was. It was full of grief as a result of having lost her younger brother, Cal, to a drowning and she was dealing with a lot of pain. It’s always a little hard for me to read books about grief and loss, but Cath Crowley knew how to write those themes in a way that touched me and made me feel. Rachel’s incredible journey to learning to live with her loss wasn’t an easy one for her, but she grew to become accepting of her new reality. Henry, on the other hand, I had conflicted feelings about. He was bullheaded in his staunch belief that his selfish ex-girlfriend, Amy, was the only girl for him. Frustrating as that was for readers, it was easy to see where he was coming from, being that he was a hopelessly romantic teen boy and all. Despite his flaws, he had some really great qualities: his loyalty to his family, his protectiveness when it came to his friends and his willingness to provide a shoulder to Rachel to lean on when she needed one. He was an all-around sweet guy, and a perfect fit for Rachel. Their romance was one that slowly evolved from a friendship. They had a one-sided romance before Rachel left town, and while it takes Henry quite some time to realize just how wonderfully perfect she was for him, the friendship the two shared made it all worth the wait.

    Words in Deep Blue was much much more than just Rachel and Henry’s stories of self-discovery. They may be the narrators, but the secondary cast was just as invigorating. Family and friendship intersect in this story and it’s amazing to watch unfold. From George, Henry’s quirky and outspoken sister, who is ready to find love in her life to Henry’s father, whose love for his little bookstore made my heart ache to Cal, Rachel’s dead brother whose goofiness and love for the ocean made me cry. It’s truly an extraordinary feat when an author is able to make the secondary characters’ stories shine just as bright as the main characters’ – all the stories that I fell in love with here were full of heartbreak and hope. One reason I was more than eager to pick up Words in Deep Blue was the secondhand bookstore setting that Henry’s family owns. The bookshop in itself was a character with how vibrantly it was described as well as the stories that the books held and I’m not just talking about the books’ stories themselves. At Howling Books, people leave each other letters between the pages of the books and man, those letters just made my heart soar and completely swept me away.

    Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue is what dreams are made of. It’s one of those gem of a book that I know that I will repeatedly read passages and I know that every time I do so it will cause a tiny pang in my heart. It’s beautiful and evocative and romantic and passionate and poignant and unforgettable. I am so grateful that Cath Crowley has graced the literature community with this book. It’s a story that will stay with me forever.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)

    Actually I devoured it at midday but pfft, please let's not get caught up on the details. THE FACT IS: THIS IS AN AMAZINGLY GLORIOUS BOOK AND I LOVE IT. But then can Cath Crowley do no wrong?!? I adore her books

    and

    and I'm sooooo glad this new book exists. IT'S BEAUTIFUL. (What do you mean I said that already??? Dude, I'm saying it a million times. Buckle up for the ride.)

    Actually I devoured it at midday but pfft, please let's not get caught up on the details. THE FACT IS: THIS IS AN AMAZINGLY GLORIOUS BOOK AND I LOVE IT. But then can Cath Crowley do no wrong?!? I adore her books

    and

    and I'm sooooo glad this new book exists. IT'S BEAUTIFUL. (What do you mean I said that already??? Dude, I'm saying it a million times. Buckle up for the ride.)

    I think books about books are (A) the best kind of bookish inception, and (B) doomed to capture the reader's heart because we relate! It's partially set in a bookstore that's failing and about to be sold. And it's absolutely STUFFED with references, discussions, and mentions of other books.

    I just wanted to fold myself into this book and live here forever.

    Um, yeah. Hear me out. See the thing about books about books is....usually they're about

    books. Don't get me wrong. I have no problem with classic books. And

    about classics, which was great. The book even mentions The Fault in Our Stars! And I recognised a reference to

    (which I won and should read yeah???) But about 89% of the important books in here were classics. And it did kind of end up as a pretentious little tango there.

    (Not enough for me to stop loving the book though, clearly.)

    (And, I mean, I

    the idea of abusing books and writing notes in them and letters and underlining and highlighting...but I COULDN'T DO IT. NO. I COULDN'T.)

    (And also having a library where people write letters and put them in books for other people to find is THE best idea in the world. Please someone make this happen. #AestheticallyPleasing)

    It's dual narrated by

    who are ex-best friends and kind of are slowly becoming friends again. Henry is also hugely involved in this girl who goes out with him and dumps him again and again etc etc.

    Boys with good senses of humour who like to read are just adorable. The end.

    But she's recovering from the worst kind of heartbreak and she is learning to live again (no "romance cures all" messages btw; huzzah).

    And that's not even to mention all the

    I just...I can't even summarise how much I looooved the secondary characters. THERE ARE NO PAPER PLATES HERE. Everyone is so dimensional that I literally will climb onto a very

    tall chair and yell for a spin-off story for George (Henry's little sister). Everyone was complex and interesting and HEARTBREAKING.

    Obviously it is a PERFECT love-triangle because here I am, still enjoying it. It's also 1 boy = 2 girls, which is unusual? And I honestly knew how it'd end up, and it was a case of characters being BLIND. But there you go. Fair warning. It

    be a bit irritating because it was obviously Henry needed to get smacked upside the face with a large bookshelf. But ya know...these things happen.

    But I didn't because #Vulcan. But there was something like A TEAR tickling the back of my eyeballs.

    This feels weird to say??? BUT HEAR ME OUT. It was a cosy bookshop and lots of food and gentle banter and teenagers with excellent vocabularies and love of dusty old books. And that was just SO COMFORTABLE TO READ ABOUT. It was sad. It was beautiful. It was never never never dull. And yet it was what I'd call a "quiet book". And I'm just enormously thankful for it.

    I READ AN EBOOK BUT I WANT TO BUY THE PHYSICAL NOW BECAUSE I HAVE A NEED.

    Obviously. Take a peek at my 5star shouting. The beautiful words, the book-appreciation, the amount of dumplings, the complex characters, the heartbreaking letter-writing, ALL. THE. BOOKS = completely won my little bookworm soul.

    Bye. I have to go HUG MY BOOKSHELF NOW.

    *** QUOTES ***

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader

    A beautifully written YA contemporary story about grief and love, death and life and most of all, about the magical power of words to people. Every element fits the overall theme and I love that most of the story is set at a local secondhand bookstore somewhere in Australia. I could practically imagine myself inside

    enjoying every section of the store especially the

    area where people are

    A beautifully written YA contemporary story about grief and love, death and life and most of all, about the magical power of words to people. Every element fits the overall theme and I love that most of the story is set at a local secondhand bookstore somewhere in Australia. I could practically imagine myself inside

    enjoying every section of the store especially the

    area where people are allowed to write on the books they love or insert anonymous letters to anonymous people and just let the power of words affect people in the best ways possible.

    The characters are so easy to relate with and I truly enjoyed the alternating POVs between Rachel and Henry. I also love all the other characters who have become a sort of a family because of the bookstore. I appreciate how the romance is interspersed in the plot and I like that even though this is basically a romance novel, it doesn’t overwhelm the entire plot. It’s a truly heartwarming, adorable read that showcases the ability of the author to write one novel with layers upon layers of stories, themes and ideas. I’m definitely reading other books written by the author.

  • Lola  Reviewer

    The letters left in books as a way of communication were absolutely wonderful. The inclusion of book culture itself caught my interest very fast. Books about books rarely disappoint me.

    But the romance did. Rachel loves Henry, her best friend, but Henry loves Amy. Rachel leaves. Three years later, after her brother’s death, she comes back and is forced to face Henry again. What if she falls for him once more? Meanwhile, Amy breaks up with Henry, but Henry wants her back desperately.

    Henry is ver

    The letters left in books as a way of communication were absolutely wonderful. The inclusion of book culture itself caught my interest very fast. Books about books rarely disappoint me.

    But the romance did. Rachel loves Henry, her best friend, but Henry loves Amy. Rachel leaves. Three years later, after her brother’s death, she comes back and is forced to face Henry again. What if she falls for him once more? Meanwhile, Amy breaks up with Henry, but Henry wants her back desperately.

    Henry is very, very desperate. If Amy had been a charming girl who wanted the best for him, I would have said, ‘‘yeah, okay, give it a shot, try to get her back since you love her so much.’’ But the author does not present her in a loveable way. She’s banal, until she’s annoying, until she’s despicable.

    I wouldn’t say that there’s a love-triangle, because Amy said early in the story that she doesn’t love Henry, despite the fact that the latter is crazy about her. Still, there is a case of unrequited love, no secret there, and even of love-hate relationship. I loved the interactions between George and Martin, but Henry and Rachel left me mainly unmoved.

    Rachel keeps Cal’s death secret for the most part of the book. I understand that she doesn’t want to bring up the subject, or even get into it, but it wasn’t right for her to lie either. Secrets never stay secret for long. It’s annoying for the reader, because he can clearly predict what will happen when the truth is discovered.

    Howling Books is such an original setting. It’s a bookshop! I had no trouble imagining it in my head. The garden. The monthly book club. The letter corner. I wish such a place existed near my house. It’s a beautiful shop that brings people together and spreads the love of books.

    I expected to like this more. It was fine… Three stars isn’t the worst case scenario, but it means the book is not worthy of a reread.

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  • Maram

    Dear gorgeous cover and an interesting premise,

    Be good to me,

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    Sincerely,

    Desperate reader in a slump-

  • Larry H
  • Elyse

    There is so much to love about this book....

    The writing is alive with authenticity, and angst. The intimacy of communication

    shows how extraordinary an ordinary life is.

    Beautiful...and soooo very moving!!!!


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