Title – Words in Deep Blue
Author – Cath Crowley
2016 / Pan Macmillan Australia / ISBN 9781743289570 / 349 Pages / Young Adult
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. She’s looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.
I love this book. It is perhaps the best book I have read all year long. I picked it up because of the cover and because I had heard great things about it. I grabbed myself a copy and read it within a handful of days. I couldn’t put it down. Every word, every sentence, every scene pulled me in and kept me there, holding me hostage in the word of Henry and Rachel and I honestly didn’t want it to finish.
The story revolves around a girl who is grieving after the death of her brother, and her best friend who has no idea why she left town or what is eating at her. Focusing on the events happening at the bookshop owned by Henry’s parents where they live and work in, Henry is in a world of his own until Rachel comes back and stirs up feeling for both of them. Grief stricken and too scared to let anyone close to her, Rachel lies to everyone and is full of rage and hurt, not knowing how to live without her brother anymore. But it’s the care and love of her once best friend Henry and his bookshop that bring Rachel back to life.
This story needs to be read by everyone. Anyone who write, everyone who reads or appreciates the written language should read this book. It is simply a love letter to books and words. You’ll love it just as much as I did if you call yourself a book nerd, because quite simply, it’s a story we are dream to be part of.
There was only one this I didn’t like about this book and that is every time a new chapter started it changed character perspectives and recapped what just happened in the last page or two. I loved reading Henry side of the story and Rachel’s side of the story and I think without that, the book wouldn’t have worked as well.
If you like heart breaking drama, boundless romance, bookshops and the idea that words have power, than you are going to love this book.
I give this book 5 out of 5 booky stars!
You can buy a copy of this book from:
Angus & Robertson Book World