Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep Blue by Cath CrowleyWords in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Genres: Coming of Age, Young Adult
Format: ARC
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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.


Some books speak to you in ways that are hard to explain. Word in Deep Blue was one of those books for me. I could related to every single one of the characters in some way or another and I loved every single word on the pages. I fell in love all over again with words. There were so many quotes, so many tears, so many laughs that I found myself highlighting and memorizing so many details from the book that I laughed at myself. It is a book you will hold onto forever. A love letter to life, to words, to books, to letters, to bookstores and to the plain old fashioned book person who sees things and believes in things a little bit differently than the rest of the world. This book is for us.