Friday, 8 June 2018

Review - Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Title: Words in Deep Blue
Author: Cath Crowley
Pages: 288
Publisher: Hachette Children's
Release Date: 13th July 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Sometimes love is written in the margins ... 

Henry and Rachel were best friends once. Rachel had a huge crush on Henry, but that was before she moved away, before her brother Cal drowned.

Now, Henry works in his father's bookstore, Howling Books, with the famous "letter library", a section of the shop where customers are encouraged to circle words and leave love letters inside their favourite books. 

When Rachel returns from by the sea, the place that took her brother, she starts working beside Henry. At the book shop, she must gain strength from the bond she shares with Henry ... and from the written word. 

Bit by bit, Rachel realises that to build a future, she must look to the words people have left behind. 

This is a love story for everyone who loves books. 


 My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

Rachel and Henry used to be best friends. The night before Rachel moved away, she left a letter for Henry in a book. In the letter, Rachel declared her love for Henry. When Henry never mentioned the letter, Rachel figured that he must not feel the same way, so she tried to move on.
Then Rachel's brother, Cal, drowned in the ocean.
After failing Year 12, Rachel returns to her old town to find that her aunt has gotten her a job at Howling Books, a second-hand bookshop owned by Henry's parents.
Can Rachel and Henry resume their friendship?
Can Rachel open herself up again after Cal's death?

Who doesn't love a novel that's mostly set in a bookshop?
I really liked the idea of the Letter Library - a collection of books that customers can write in. It was a nice touch to include some of the letters throughout the novel.
Rachel and Henry were both relatable and believable characters. I felt sorry for them both for different reasons, and I wanted them to be friends again. I liked Lola and George. I really disliked Amy.
The plot was interesting and held my attention, but nothing happened that shocked me.
I really enjoyed the writing style - it was easy to follow.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.