Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | A beautifully written novel about love and loss

This is probably one of the most beautiful contemporary books I’ve ever read. And if this is not enough to make you instantly pick up this book, I intend to praise it for another page or two – no matter how long it takes for me to convince you that THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER AND YOU NEED TO READ IT! (Did it work???)

31952703Years 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.

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It is one of a few books I’ve read this year that made me cry and not just once. Written in such relatable and beautiful way, it is a must-read for any contemporary lover!


1 – First and very important point is lyrical writing. Cath Crowley doesn’t write for YA audience, she just writes. The passages are so beautiful that you cannot stop underlining quote after quote.

What I usually find in YA books is an “overly simplified sentences and words”. While some books can get away with it, the majority turns out to be plain and dry. This book, on the contrary, will make you think, will make you fall in love with deep discussions held by the characters, will make you want to be a part of it!


2 – The main characters are Rachel and Henry, two old friends who lost each other and then meet again, but they are not the only ones who are important for the plot and who you eventually grow to love. There are many different characters, some we love, some we hate, but they are all different with their unique traits and personalities that formed a colourful array as the story progresses.


3 – This point is just as important as the previous ones, this book is not just a love story. It’s a story of friendship, it’s a story of forgiveness. It’s a story of grief and loss, and the beautiful things in the world that move us forward when there seems to be no future.

But most importantly, it’s a story of words. And who understands better than us, bookworms, how powerful words can be?!


4 – We all know how well-written books make us feel. It’s that feeling of absolute happiness, even if just for a few minutes or seconds, that we always seek. Cath Crowley and «Words in Deep Blue» will make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, with a few moments of deep sorrow and understanding the complexity behind human’s emotions.


5 – And finally, don’t you want to know what «Words in Deep Blue» actually mean? Well, guess what! You need to read it to know what the title refers to!

Besides these five reasons, there is also a bookshop, letters and notes left in books, book discussions, unexplainable and all-consuming love for books! (Maybe that is what I should have started with…)

This is my first Cath Crowley book, thank you NetGalley and Knopf Books for Young Readers for the free ARC of this book, and I will be looking to pick up more books by this author! As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by a third party.

My Rating:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

What is your all time favourite contemporary read? Let me know in the comments down below!

With love,




A note left on a margin of page 280 of «Words in Deep Blue»

Dear Cath,

Thank you for this amazing story! I want to preserve the warmth your book made me feel for as long as possible and that is why I am leaving this note.

Your new reader,



13 thoughts on “Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | A beautifully written novel about love and loss

  1. Just got this book the other day because it was recommended on booktube. I can’t wait to sit down and read it! I’ve only heard good things!

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  2. I loved this post! I read your blogs fairly often and
    you’re always releasing great stuff. I shared this on my facebook and my follwers loved it!
    Keep up very good work.


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