Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Hardcover288 pages
Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers 
ISBN: 1101937645

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.

Holy MOLY. This book was so much better than I could have ever anticipated. I devoured this book in one sitting, and I cannot wait for everyone else to read this beautiful book. I honestly could read this book every day and never get tired of it. 

The first thing I loved about Words in Deep Blue was the fact that it was all about books and a bookstore. I constantly felt this sense of joy and comfort while reading about characters who love to read and who work in an adorable bookstore. I desperately wanted to jump into the pages of Words in Deep Blue and live in the wonderful bookstore the author created.

Every character in this book was unique, well developed, and relatable. I fell in love with each character the author created. The main characters, Henry and Rachel, were lovable yet frustrating in their own ways. Henry was an adorable and hilarious goofball, that I couldn't help but swoon over. Come on, HE LOVES BOOKS! I couldn't help myself. However, he did get on my nerves sometimes. His decisions when it came to his love life made me want to yell at him. Henry had a bit of a love triangle going on in this book. It was all extremely realistic and well done, but I still wanted to shake some sense into him because he was irritating me. 

Rachel went through a lot in this book, and I constantly wanted to give her a hug. Rachel was so strong, caring, loyal, and hilarious. She was a little rough around the edges, but when she opened up to people, she was a soft little cupcake. I wish she would have a been a little more truthful about a few things, but I totally understood why she kept her secrets to herself. Everything that frustrated me about the characters in this book felt believable and necessary, which I appreciated. 

Also, the romance between Rachel and Henry made my heart grow three times in size. Gosh, I couldn't help but ship them so hard. Their banter made me laugh out loud so many times and their appreciation for books warmed my heart. I was desperately wishing for them to admit their feelings to each other and just be together. 

Even though it killed me emotionally, it was a romantic journey that kept me glued to the pages. THEY ARE PERFECT TOGETHER, OKAY? I also really enjoyed the side romance that occurred in this book with Henry's little sister, George. I think the inclusion of George's story kept this book fresh and interesting. CAN WE PLEASE GET A SPIN-OFF BOOK ABOUT HER?!?!?

I was expecting this book to tug at my heart strings, but I didn't realize how emotional it would actually make me. I legitimately cried numerous times while reading this book. I cried happy tears and sad tears. Basically, I was an emotional mess the entire time. 

I honestly could write a book about how much I adored Words in Deep Blue. With the adorable romances, complex and relatable characters, book appreciation, humor, and heartbreak, I couldn't help but fall in love with this book. I would recommend Words in Deep Blue to anyone and everyone. 

5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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