on June 6th 2017
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Words in Deep Blue is easily one of the best books that I’ve read this year. I’ve actually never read a book by Cath Crowley before, though I’ve heard nothing but positive things. After reading this amazing novel from here, I absolutely believe the hype and look forward to reading more of her books in the future. This was a brilliant book with a wonderful concept that had an even better execution. I imagine that book lovers especially are going to love this book. It’s been out in Australia for awhile now, but has only been recently released in the United States. I imagine that the popularity and hype of this will only grow as time passes by. This was a beautiful and easy to read book. I loved every second of it! I don’t have a ton to say about it because this is one of the books that you simply need to pick up and read for yourself. I’m so happy that I got to read this and I hope that you pick it up as well!
Rachel is my girl and I’m not just saying that since we have the same name. She’s a strong and fierce character. I loved and related to her right away. She was rude at times and suffering from severe depression due to the recent death of her brother. My heart bled for the grief that she was feeling. I can’t imagine going through something like that. However, sometimes it was a bit awful because of some of the things that she had to Henry and others around her. I get that she was hurting, but I can’t deny that some of it was definitely on the borderline of crossing the limit. It was still fascinating to be inside her head for a portion of the novel.
Henry was the other main character and we also got a chance to see his POV. I really liked Henry as a character. Though it did piss me off a bit that he was so hung up on his ex girlfriend who was basically the worst anyway. He did some dumbass things throughout the book. He was also rather pretentious when it came to books and mostly quoted the classics and things like that. He didn’t always quote modern books besides like John Green and a few Australian books. He wasn’t a book boyfriend that completely swept me off my feet or anything, but I didn’t necessarily hate him either. I liked him a whole lot actually, just didn’t love him.
The relationship between Henry and Rachel was pretty cute though sometimes you wanted to yell at them to get their shit together. They were best friends but things changed once Rachel moved away. Now, she can barely look at him. But they slowly work back to becoming friends and then eventually they become more. There is somewhat of a love triangle involving Henry being a dumbass and going back and forth with his ex girlfriend. Anyway, the banter between Henry and Rachel is beautiful and fun right from the start. I adored them as a couple and felt as if the buildup was well written.
I could keep going on and on about how this book is so remarkable, especially for people who adore books. How great is the concept of writing letters in books? It’s a beautiful way to communicate with other book lovers. The supporting characters featured in the book are also downright amazing. I don’t want to spoil anything, but we learn a lot of background on two of the supporting characters through the letters that they left each other in books. There aren’t many flaws with this book honestly. It’s one of those books that you aren’t going to want to put down once you pick it up. I can’t recommend it to you guys enough!