Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Summary: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. 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. 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.
What’s the point in living on past the moment when those we have loved have left us? And how can we ever forgive ourselves for letting them go?
Words in Deep Blue is an emotion-packed, beautifully written, and deeply moving story about loss, the power of books, and finding closure.
The day before she moved, Rachel wrote a letter to her best friend Henry, confessing that she loved him. Three years later, Rachel’s younger brother drowns, so she moves back to her hometown in hopes of finding some closure. There she reconnects with Henry while the two of them work at the same bookstore.
Rachel is a well-written character who is easy to relate to and sympathize for. She’s intelligent and organized. She’s certainly not perfect – she’s so consumed by grief from the loss of her brother that she can act a bit cruel – but those flaws are what make her feel so realistic.
We cannot choose where and when we are born, by whom or how we are first loved, or with who we fall in love. And we cannot choose who is taken from us, or the way in which they are taken.
Rachel’s romance with Henry was slow-moving and realistic. Seeing Henry again causes Rachel’s crush on him to resurface, but Henry is still healing from a breakup with a girl he’s still very much in love with. As they spend more and more time together, their friendship gradually transforms into something more.
Above all, though, this is a testament to the power of books and words.
Words do matter. They’re not pointless. If they were pointless then they couldn’t start revolutions and they wouldn’t change history and they wouldn’t be the things that you think about every night before you go to sleep.
Working in a bookstore has a huge influence on both Rachel and Henry, and it was wonderful seeing that words and books played such a large role in this book.
Words in Deep Blue is a great addition to the YA genre, and fans of contemporary stories are sure to enjoy its powerful and emotional message.