Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue This is a love story It s the story of a second hand bookshop called Howling Books where people leave letters to strangers or those they love or want to love between the pages of books in the Lette

  • Title: Words in Deep Blue
  • Author: Cath Crowley
  • ISBN: 9781444907896
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a love story It s the story of a second hand bookshop called Howling Books where people leave letters to strangers, or those they love, or want to love, between the pages of books in the Letter Library.Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie are best friends Or they were Before Rachel moved away to the sea Now, she s back, grieving for her brother Cal who drowned in theThis is a love story It s the story of a second hand bookshop called Howling Books where people leave letters to strangers, or those they love, or want to love, between the pages of books in the Letter Library.Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie are best friends Or they were Before Rachel moved away to the sea Now, she s back, grieving for her brother Cal who drowned in the sea that he loved.Rachel loves Henry Henry loves Amy Amy loves Amy but is happy for Henry to love her too.This is a book about books About the power of literature to cradle our past, present and future selves It s about how we leave ourselves behind when we die How we leave our histories in the things we love like books.

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    1. Seriously. This book had me sobbing like I haven't since All the Bright Places or maybe even Me Before You, although there's not quite the same level of tragedy. But as I was crying so hard I wet my t-shirt (don't judge), at the same time I was thinking that I may very well become obsessed with Cath Crowley's writing after this one.Henry and Rachel were best friends. They were utterly inseparable, and the truth is, Rachel was in love with Henry. She knew that Henry was fascinated by Amy, the pre [...]

    2. Saying I have mixed feelings on this seems like an understatement. I loved the concept, this truly is a bibliophile's paradise with all the references to other well known books and the second hand bookstore setting. It brilliant conveys the emotions of the characters however I found the characters themselves to be rather uninspired. I definitely have mixed emotions regarding the writing style. It was good in some ways but for the most part I found it scattered and confusing to follow. I feel lik [...]

    3. This is one of the most beautiful books I've had the pleasure of devouring at dawn. Actually I devoured it at midday but pfft, please let's not get caught up on the details. THE FACT IS: THIS IS AN AMAZINGLY GLORIOUS BOOK AND I LOVE IT. But then can Cath Crowley do no wrong?!? I adore her books A Little Wanting Song and Graffiti Moon and I'm sooooo glad this new book exists. IT'S BEAUTIFUL. (What do you mean I said that already??? Dude, I'm saying it a million times. Buckle up for the ride.)The [...]

    4. I'm so damn mad! This sounded like a book I would love. Most of my friends love it! So what happened to me????????? All it did was mostly get on my nerves even though I loved the majority of the people in the book and it was sad and there were books. I'm at a loss people!

    5. “If they were just words then people wouldn’t fall in love because of them…” A beautifully written YA contemporary story about grief and love, death and life and most of all, about the magical power of words to people. Every element fits the overall theme and I love that most of the story is set at a local secondhand bookstore somewhere in Australia. I could practically imagine myself inside Howling Books enjoying every section of the store especially the Letter Library area where people [...]

    6. The letters left in books as a way of communication were absolutely wonderful. The inclusion of book culture itself caught my interest very fast. Books about books rarely disappoint me. But the romance did. Rachel loves Henry, her best friend, but Henry loves Amy. Rachel leaves. Three years later, after her brother’s death, she comes back and is forced to face Henry again. What if she falls for him once more? Meanwhile, Amy breaks up with Henry, but Henry wants her back desperately. Henry is v [...]

    7. Dear gorgeous cover and an interesting premise,Be good to me, please.Sincerely, Desperate reader in a slump-ish

    8. This book was just simply beautifulOn the surface this book was about Rachel and Henry and their second chance at love, but truly it was so much more than that. it was a book about love and life, death and grief, and the power of words I found both Rachel and Henry extremely likable and relatable; i'd love to go to Australia and visit this book shop, especially the letter library. if you love books and Love ❤️ this book is definitely for you! So grateful I found this little gem narration:Ham [...]

    9. This is the story of Rachel and Henry. They have been best friends for years and at the end of their senior year of high school they have a plan to travel the world together. All is very exciting until someone enters the picture, *cough* evil vixen *cough* and their plans crumble. At the same time, Rachel is secretly in love with Henry and leaves him a letter expressing her love before she moves away. What happens then? you have to read the book to find out.The story is told from the alternat [...]

    10. I fell in love with Cath's words with Graffiti Moon and I knew I wanted to read this before I knew what it was about. I loved Rachel and Henry. They're both going through so much and while they rate differently on the spectrum of bad, to each of them, it's catastrophic. I loved their dynamic, their banter, their desperation to help the other when they weren't doing well themselves. And of course there are a small cast of characters who are all excellent and add a layer and texture to the story.T [...]

    11. Occasionally, one stumbles upon a book that just moves you in unexpected ways. Words in Deep Blue is one of those books. So what if it's labelled "young adult". If it's good, it's good.Our protagonists are Rachel Sweetie and Henry Jones, both eighteen. They've been best friends for many years, with a three-year gap, when Rachel moved away to another town and stopped all contact with Henry. When Rachel moves back to town, she finds things are not the same, as Henry is dumbfounded that Rachel hadn [...]

    12. There is so much to love about this book. The writing is alive with authenticity, and angst. The intimacy of communication shows how extraordinary an ordinary life is. Beautifuld soooo very moving!!!!

    13. 4.5 STARSI really liked this story and I thought that the writing was just brilliant. The story's setting is a second hand book store called Howling Books which is owned by a family whose parents are going through a divorce. Their son is Henry our hero who just graduated high school. While our heroine who had left this small town to live with her family on the beach has returned masking the hurt over best friend’s Henry’s obsessive love for a girl name Amy and a secret pain she has not share [...]

    14. HOW? How do Aussie YA authors do this? How do they just take a seemingly straightforward premise and make it wholeheartedly their own? Seriously, I bow down to their genius. My real love affair with Aussie YA started with Cath Crowley’s Graffiti Moon. When I read the synopsis of Words in Deep Blue, I knew that I had to have it in my life. This book slowly crept up on me and by the end, had me bawling my eyes out.Told in the point of views of two friends, Rachel and Henry , and set in a quaint [...]

    15. Is it just me that always struggled to write the first few lines on a review, I’ve been sat here for the past few minutes figuring out how I want to start it and just drawing a blank, I’m so uncool I apologise xDANYWAYYYYSo, this book was pretty awesome - it was such a lovely (but heartbreaking at times) book and I’m so glad I picked it up to read and I’m so ready to read more books by Cath because this one was just so cute.We have two main characters, Henry being our main character and [...]

    16. THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL.“I think that we look back and read the past with the present in our eyes”Henry and Rachel have been best friends for the longest time. Thing is, Rachel loves Henry and doesn't know how to tell him. Henry is in love with another girl called Amy. Rachel KNOWS Amy isn't the right girl for Henry. Amy only comes around when she's lonely. She doesn't love Henry, not like Rachel does. But Rachel has to leave townThe day before Rachel is set to leave, the students at school decla [...]

    17. this book is blue and beautiful and features- grief- AN ADORABLE SECOND HAND BOOKSHOP- many great characters to ship- books, books, books- tears- letters between book pages- A FRICKEN BOOKSTORE- cute nerdy boys who read more than you okay im still trying to wipe my tears and emotions so RTC

    18. Henry, if the love of your life is kissing a moron, it's probably time to reassess whether or not she's the love of your life. —RachelAs someone who devours literature on a daily basis, I always enjoy reading books that feature similarly bookish people. My reading experience becomes more meaningful and memorable whenever I am able to fully connect with characters, as fictional as they are. Following this train of thought, Words in Deep Blue is a perfect summer read for us lovers of the written [...]

    19. Five wonderfully romantic totally sad but fantastic stars!I so enjoyed this lovely charming book that took on young love, old love, a secondhand bookstore and the loss of a loved one. Capturing the theme of love, loss, and words left behind through letters and notes inserted into and onto books was delightful. Sometimes it is not easy to speak to one of your feelings. How much better it is to write them down particularly on a page in a book that writes of what you feel? Have you ever underlined [...]

    20. Weirdly, this is yet another book about anonymous letter writing (along with Letters to the Lost and Alex, Approximately.) That said, Cath Crowley is in a class by herself. This is an amazingly beautiful book about life and love and loss, about books and the people who love them. One of my favorites of 2017. Please follow me on Instagram! Read more of my reviews on YA Romantics or follow me on Bloglovin The FTC would like you to know that the publisher provided me a free advance copy of this boo [...]

    21. 5★“’You said you loved me.’‘I do love you,’ she says, and then she starts italicising love into all its depressing definitions. ‘I just don’t think I’m IN love with you. I tried, though. I tried really hard.’These must be the most depressing words in the history of love. I tried really hard to love you. I should ask her to leave.”That was Henry speaking to Amy. (We like Henry. We loathe Amy, just so you know, even though we’ve all probably been there.) I completely enjoye [...]

    22. How does one start living again after a loss of a loved one, a pain so deep it stops everything? ”I wonder how she could forget about it, a thing like that. And I wonder how she can go on living if she doesn’t.”Maybe we keep on living by keeping the dead alive in the pieces and stories they leave behind in the world and in our hearts.Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue holds and shares so many stories—from two former best friends trying to be best friends again to the life and meaning of [...]

    23. This was on okay read though I expected to enjoy it a lot more. To me, the hero was sweet but at the same time incredibly whiny and spends more than half of the book pining for another girl (who is a TERRIBLE person.) This book was more centered on grief, loss, and how to deal with losing someone and less about romance, which is what I wanted and was expecting and wished the author focused more on. This story seemed to be targeted for younger readers and just not something I connected entirely w [...]

    24. 3.5I enjoyed this book! My favorite aspect of the entire book was the bookstore, Howling Books and more specifically their Letter Library.In the letter library you cannot buy any of these books. You are more than welcome to read them, peruse them and even write in them and also write letters to other people.I just loved reading all of the lettters people wrote to each other and left in certain books and the letters between our two main characters, Henry and Rachel. Of course this letter library [...]

    25. *3.5 This book has a really cool concept and I enjoyed the storyline a good deal. However, I had a few problems with the characters and the pacing. It felt really slow at times and I was not really connected to any of the characters. I mostly wanted to slap Henry half of the time. Now that being said, the concept of this book is brilliant. It's very bookish and quirky and I adored the whole book vibe throughout I just don't believe I'm going to remember these characters for any long period of ti [...]

    26. "We are the books we read and the things we love. Cal is the ocean and the letters he left. Our ghosts hide in the things we leave behind."Words in Deep Blue is endearing and poignant. It is a love letter to books that I felt deep in my soul. The way Cath Crowley put into words how loving books becomes you is perfect and it really just worked for me. I wholeheartedly loved this. I know this is a book I will revisit again and again to read my favorite quotes that I've marked like it was my own bo [...]

    27. I’m in love. With this book, with the characters, with the writing, with everything. As a reader, this was a book that literally warmed my soul and heart. It’s a story about love, loss, friendship, family and, most importantly, books. It’s essentially a love letter to books and I think I’ve been waiting to read it my entire life. I’m so happy I found it.From : This is a love story.It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.It’s th [...]

    28. "Before you say it 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 sleep. If they were just words we wouldn't listen to songs, we wouldn't beg to be read to when we're kids. If they were just words, then they'd have no meaning and stories wouldn't have been around since before humans could write. We wouldn't have learnt to write. If they [...]

    29. This was a beautiful book to read. It is charming and funny. I absolutely loved the story. I borrowed it from my public library but I plan to buy it for my own bookshelves because it is a book I can see myself rereading. Highly recommend reading this book if you want to read a story on friendship, love, grievance, redemption, and life's many changes we go through through the years.

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