Reasons we think you need to read Words in Deep Blue:
1. If you’re reading this post, it’s because you are a reader. This book is filled with characters who are readers.
2. You are on a book blog because you love books, and this book mostly takes place in a fabulous second-hand book store called Howling Books, where books are loved.
3. The dual POVs of Henry and Rachel.
4. Henry and his family have a cat named Ray Bradbury.
5. The Letter Library. Everything about it. The letters themselves. The way it’s formatted in the book. Everything.
6. It made us cry a little. More than once. You might not cry. But you might. It made us smile more. It will definitely make you smile.
7. Because you’ve had a broken heart, will have a broken heart, have broken someone’s heart, or will break someone’s heart.
8. Because we all deal with grief in different ways. We can try to distract ourselves from it, we can try to hide from it, but the hurt is inevitable. There’s no timetable for grief. We can think we’re all cried out, but like Rachel says, “I’ll think I’m at the end, but then I realize there’s more to go.” This book is about grieving, but it’s also about healing.
9. George and Martin.
10. Best friends.
11. Young love. Not-so-young love. New love. Lost love. Rediscovered love.
13. Cath Crowley’s writing is captivating and stunning.
14. Because having characters and secondary characters who will steal your heart is one of the best parts of a book. Having a character to loathe is fun, too (hi, Amy).
16. Because when Henry talks about a particular poem, he says he could eat it – “Just peel the words off the page and stuff them in my mouth.” And lovers of words understand that feeling perfectly, and we could make a feast off of Words in Deep Blue.
17. Because it’s filled with so many books and authors – a smorgasbord of literature.
18. Because it’s not just for young adults. It’s for all of us.
19. The ending is wonderful, and we don’t get enough of those.
20. Because beautiful things happen in the most unexpected places but almost always in the pages of a book.
Reasons we think you should not read Words in Deep Blue:
Thank you to the publisher for providing us with a copy of this book in exchange for our honest review. Quotes used in this review are from an ARC and are subject to change.