Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath CrowleyWords in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on June 6th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Source: Edelweiss

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.


This book totally hit me in the feels.

First of all, this book is kinda mostly set in a bookstore. With a section called the Letter Library where people can leave notes in the books and their letters that they never send to lovers, friends and strangers. Yay. It was so lovely to get to snippets of this throughout the story. And of course it plays a big role for our characters as they work through this crazy thing we call life.

If they were just words then people wouldn’t fall in love because of them…

This is sort of a story of missed connection and second chances when Rachel ends up back in Gracetown and in Henry’s bookstore. Rachel and Henry were best friends and Rachel has been in love with Henry for a while. But Henry, the sweet idiot he is, is too enchanted by another girl. And so Rachel decides she’s done. It was actually really cute watching Rachel and Henry slowly become friends again (and than watching Rachel fall in love again with Henry (despite her wishes to not)).

And I don’t even know how Cath Crowley did it, but she made Henry pretty darn lovable. Surprisingly, not-so-surprisingly?, I wanted to smack Henry upside the had a lot of times for being an idiot, so blinded was he by Amy (who obviously only liked him when she couldn’t have him etc. etc.). I think maybe it’s because Henry’s so genuine with his emotions and feelings, that despite being a hopeless(ly annoying) romantic, you can’t help but like the guy. It took him a bit, he does figure it out.

Dear Rachel,

Doesn’t love fall somewhere in the scheme of things? Isn’t it the biggest scheme?


There’s also another really cute secondary-ish friendship/romance in the making with Henry’s younger sister George and the new guy at work, Martin. George is sort an outcast as school and has troubles making friends there. It makes sense she’s hella wary to be friends with the guy who also happens to in with her tormentors. They write letters and it’s freak’n adorable and I loved seeing Martin trying to win over George.

Rachel’s (and her brother’s) story just gutted me. After her brother dies, Rachel struggles with pain and loss. It was poignant and it broke my heart. We also see a lot of other characters that are in some what connected to the bookstore and we get to little snippets of their lives, too which I really enjoyed.

Overall is was an adorable and heartwarming read about characters you can’t help but love. While the romances are intertwined into the story, I love that this was definitely a story about the people, and about the books, and the love we have for these things that make us feel so much.

“Not very scientific,” I say.

“Sometimes science isn’t enough. Sometimes you need the poets.” he says, and it’s in this moment, this exact moment, that I fall in love with him again.

{*Thanks to Edelweiss and Knopf for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!


Author: Cyn

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13 Replies to “Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley”

  1. I love this book just so much. It came out in Australia mid last year and all I wanted was for everyone to read it. Glad it’s making it’s way to the US now.

  2. Oh oh, yes. I do need to read this one after seeing your review. The letters in books and the friends to lovers have my attention. Have a great weekend, Cyn!

  3. So glad to see that you enjoyed this one! I’m in the very small minority that didn’t love this one as much as everyone else. lol! I did really love the letters in the books…and pretty much all the bookish elements tho. Great review!

  4. I’ve literally only seen positive reviews for this one. I love the letters aspect to it. Great review!

  5. I love your review and it is wonderful when a book delivers all the feels!

  6. I love books that can pack a punch! Wonderful review!

  7. Oh, this book looks so good! I cannot wait to read this one. I love the premise.

    Great review. 🙂

  8. I don’t know how this book wasn’t on my radar, but now that I’m seeing it everywhere I’m realizing that I was missing out! How can you not love a bookstore setting?

  9. This sounds like such a poignant, profound read! I must admit that I, not unlike most other readers I guess, am such a sucker for books set in/around bookstores! Coupled with All the Feels and I’m sure I’ll really love it. Really great review – made me add the book to my TBR immediately. 🙂

  10. Well! That sounds like a lot of awesomeness. I’d not seen it before so thank ya for the heads up!

  11. This one sounds SO good (thanks for the great review that’s tempted me all the more to read this one ASAP). I love the idea of it being so seeped in literature, and of course the emphasis on a bookstore! 🙂

  12. This sounds so good, and I love that it’s set in a bookstore. How awesome is that? This one wasn’t really on my radar but I’ve seen so many positive reviews now I think I want to read it! Great review.

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