Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Title: Words in Deep Blue
Author: Cath Crowley
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 273

Content Warnings: death of a sibling, drowning, alcohol, bullying, assault, depression

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This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.

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Poignant. Beautiful. Thoughtful.

Words in Deep Blue caught me by surprise. I know I read the synopsis when I got this book almost three years ago but I didn’t remember what it was about when I finally decided to pick it up. Going into it without any preconceived ideas helped turn this into an incredible reading experience.

Cath Crowley explored grief in such an honest way. A lot of the things Rachel felt I remember going through when my nana died. Everything was raw and genuine – feeling like it came straight from the heart.

If my future already exists somewhere, I don’t want to know. I want to live under the illusion that I have complete control over my life.

My favorite thing is that this wasn’t just a love story in the way you’ll immediately think – between two people. It’s also a love story between books, words, memories, friendships, and yourself.

The characters were dynamic and real. Rachel and Henry had layers upon layers to them that were slowly peeled away over the course of the novel. I loved watching them figure themselves and their experiences out before diving head first into a relationship.

Words in Deep Blue is a truly remarkable book. It has such a slow build that you almost don’t see it working towards an ending but you can inherently feel it – and that is everything.

A physical ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Additionally, all quotes should be checked for accuracy against the final copy.

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