Reviewer: Kayla Halls
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley breaks the monotonous mold of romance novels that have flooded the world of YA.
Rachel had a crush on her best friend Henry James, and she wanted him to know it. However, as all middle school girls are too insecure to voice their true feelings, she left a love note in his favorite book in his family’s bookshop the night before she moved to a new town. She waited for a response, and never got one. Now years later, Rachel returns to the city and lands a job in his bookshop.
Now hear me out. I know what you’re thinking: “Girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy… I’ve heard this a million times before.” But it gets better. SO much better.
Rachel hasn’t returned to the city looking for Henry but looking for an escape. Her younger brother Cal drowned in the ocean behind her house months ago, and she’s been drowning in her own head ever since. What a plot twist, right?
Now, let’s zoom in on Henry for a bit. Henry isn’t doing too hot himself. His girlfriend who he “fancied” himself in love with has dumped him, the bookstore that he’s cherished since he could breathe is teetering on the edge of financial ruin, and his quirky, loveable, dysfunctional-but-functional family is falling apart.
Henry and Rachel discover that even in the midst of a confusing, painful, ever-turning world, the words we write or don’t write, the words we say or don’t say, and the love we fight for or let slip through our fingers, can be powerful enough to give us hope.
This book truly stands apart from the rest. Genuine and unique characters are one in a million when it comes to romance, and I’m happy to say that this book was overflowing with them. Read it and comment below on which is your favorite! My personal favorite is George, Henry’s younger sister. She is full of spunk, sass, and smarts. In my opinion, we all need a George in our lives. By the end of the novel, you’ll want each and every character to break out of their paperbound cage and step into your life.
The best part about this novel is that it doesn’t sugar coat the pain of loss, big or small. It shows how loss is both heartbreaking and heart-hardening. It shows just how painful it is to pick up your broken pieces. It shows that you can’t do it alone.
Words in Deep Blue is a collage of books, love, and second chances. Don’t miss out on the beauty of this novel. Seriously.
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