Words in Deep Blue *Spoiler-Free* ARC REVIEW


Title: Words In Deep Blue

Author: Cath Crowley

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance,

Format: Paperback ARC

Page Count: 269

Release Date: June 6th 2017 (first published August 30, 2016)


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.


This book… I can’t even put into words how it made me feel. The thing is, I will have to express the way this book made me feel in words and that will be a difficult thing to do. I’ll do the best I can because this book deserves a review of the highest quality.

As mentioned in the synopsis, this book follows our main character Rachel who is dealing with the recent death of her brother. She has closed herself off from the rest of the world since then, thus keeping to herself and closing off all feelings for others. She’s scared that if she’ll let someone in, she’ll just become heartbroken again and lose them.

She decides to move in with her Aunt for a little while to escape from her home near the ocean – where her brother drowned. Her Aunt lives in the city where she lived three years prior, where her friend of 7 years lives, Henry. Who she also used to be – and might still be – in love with.

Henry is dealing with his own struggles. Secondhand bookshops are slowly becoming extinct and his family lives and breathes for their secondhand bookshop. Only, they’re struggling to stay afloat with the lack of a steady income.

I recently started page flagging the books that I read, and let me tell you, I page flagged so many pages because there are just so many amazing lines in this book. The author’s writing is so beautiful and simplistic and I love how she develops the characters, especially their relationships.

These characters are flawed. Very flawed. That’s what make them realistic and enjoyable to read about,they’re raw and make mistakes. I loved nearly the entire cast of characters in this novel – especially Henry, although he did get frustrating sometimes.

“No one has anything to get up for. Life’s pointless and everyone just gets up anyway. That’s how the human race works,” she says, and hands me a coffee.”

There was also a ton of character growth in this novel. I was honestly surprised how many events and character growth the author was able to cram into this single book. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book to be honest. Henry did get a bit annoying at times, but aside from that this book was a perfect read for me.

But let’s be honest, we all love Henry. He’s the perfect example of probably all of our dream guys because he lives and breathes for books.

“Sometimes science isn’t enough. Sometimes you need the poets,” he says, and it’s this moment, this exact moment, that I fall in love with him again.”


Rating: 5 Stars

This book was overall an adorable, quick read that also delves into grief and how it’s like to lose somebody close to you. I would recommend it to anybody who loves a good romance with characters who are flawed but learn throughout the book and grow into better people by the end.

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11 thoughts on “Words in Deep Blue *Spoiler-Free* ARC REVIEW

    1. I’m in a contemporary mood as well and it seems like a lot of other people in the bookosphere are as well. I think it’s spring!

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    1. I usually don’t read much contemporary but I’ve been reading a lot more lately and this book really surprised me.


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