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.
It’s been almost three days since I finished Words In Deep Blue and I’m still walking around with a massive book hangover. I couldn’t, for the life of me, bring myself to write my review the moment I finished it because: One, I was on a plane and I didn’t want to cry in front of complete strangers. Two, all I wanted to do was sit there and stare into space and think about the beautifulness that is this book.
So here I am, three days later and I still can’t find the right words to express how magnificent Cath Crowley’s latest masterpiece actually is.
Let’s see how this goes.
I usually would start off by telling you what this book is about but as I mentioned, this is not one of my typical reviews so I recommend you read that “In a nutshell” part at the beginning of this post—yes, I know you probably skipped that part, shame on you—because that is exactly what this book is about, there are no better words to describe this story.
Now that you know what this book has in store for you, we can start talking about some of the tons of reasons why I fell in love with every detail of Words In Deep Blue.
First of all, the plot. Oh, the darn plot had me from the start. I love that Rachel left Henry a letter telling him she loved him more than a friend and that he didn’t find the letter, it makes you feel like you’re hanging on by a thread the entire book from the angst overload. Angst in books is the best.
The characters are all so well thought out and fantastically written, they jump out of the pages like those 3D pop-up books.
Rachel’s character is so sad and broken and angry in the begging of the book and it is amazing watching her—more like reading her—overcome everything she went through not long ago and pick up her friendship with Henry and other friends from her past. I love, love, love her character.
Henry is definitely one of my favorite male characters now. He is the sweetest guy. He is so open and he has a beautiful, beautiful soul. I love that he loves books—he gets us y’all! I might start crying now. He literally lives in between books.
I fell head over heels in love with the Letter Library. The Letter Library contains books that are filled with notes in the margins, letters in between pages and whatnot. That is the place where Rachel left her love letter to Henry. And I need a Letter Library in my life as soon as possible. How come this is the first time I’ve discovered something as amazing as a Letter Library?!
Words In Deep Blue is written from Rachel’s point of view and Henry’s point of view. I love alternating point of views because it gives you the whole reading experience and of course, there are always to sides to a story.
Throughout the story you can find letters left inside books at the Letter Library and I can’t even begin to tell you how many of them made me sob on the inside. I wish I could print them and paste them all over my bedroom walls so I can see them every day.
I think that is a fairly good list of reasons why I love this book. It is sad, cute, romantic, frustrating, funny at times but above all, so incredibly beautiful. I don’t think this review even expresses the true amazingness of the story. So please, I beg you, give yourself the chance of reading this book because you’ll regret it if you don’t give it a try. This is one of those books you want everyone to read and yet you don’t want anyone to read it because it is like your precious.
Cath Crowley found a way to sneak Words In Deep Blue into my “Favorite Books of All Time” list just when I thought it was impossible for me to add more books to that list. I give a million standing ovations to that woman.