(Review) Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 273 (hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love lives between the lines.
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, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

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.

My Review: I was putting together my end of year list when I realized that I never wrote a review for this gorgeous thing. I've been hooked since Graffiti Moon and was thrilled when I heard she was giving us more lovely words. 

Rachel is sad. That's really the only way to truly describe her. Things are hard for her and being back where she grew up is hard for her. For starters, the family doesn't know about her brother - and she doesn't want to tell them. 

I loved this family something big. All of their personalities are big and beautiful and they all welcome Rachel home and into their bookstore again. 

Reading the little notes and trying to figure out who wrote what was so much fun. The side stories that came from the notes brought a little bit of happiness to a book that was kind of sad (my favorite kind, tbh). 

As Rachel comes to terms with her life, she and Henry become closer and she rebuilds a long lost friendship. I loved reading about these relationships and the way that each of these characters were put back together. Those are my favorite kinds of stories. 

Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.