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Review by Suze
Rachel and Henry used to be best friends, but Rachel wanted them to be more. She wrote a letter and put it in one of Henry's books just before she moved to another town, but he never replied. She was heartbroken and their friendship suffered because of it. When Rachel loses her brother she's so depressed she needs a distraction. That's why she's back in the city, where she will work at the bookshop owned by Henry's family. That means Henry will be back in her life and Rachel doesn't know is she's happy with it, but she's been through worse.
Henry is glad he has his friend back, but something is bothering Rachel. She isn't the girl he used to know. Fortunately one part of their friendship has remained, leaving letters in the bookshop's books. Henry has some tough choices to make, something he should have done years ago and Rachel is at the center of it. Will they be able to restore their friendship and be happy in each other's company again or will their second chance to connect make things even worse?
Words in Deep Blue is a beautiful moving story. Rachel is sad because she misses her brother and my heart ached for everything she's lost. They used to be close and the unfairness of the situation brought tears to my eyes. Even though Rachel is grieving she's trying to keep going and I admired her for that. She needs a friend and while Henry can cheer her up, he's also a bit slow when it comes to recognizing his own feelings. He gives Rachel a chance to see some light in her future again and that was amazing to witness. However, Henry's love life is incredibly complex and I couldn't wait to find out where that would lead. I liked the large number of emotional layers and think Cath Crowley's descriptions of them are spot on.
Words in Deep Blue has a fantastic main setting, a bookshop. It's a special place and I loved it immediately. I especially enjoyed reading the letters that are being left by various people inside their favorite books. It's a meaningful and charming part of the story. Cath Crowley is a skilled writer. She uses fantastic words and I enjoyed every sentence of Words in Deep Blue. She's also great at influencing the atmosphere and she doesn't need big gestures to change the moods of her main characters, she's wonderfully subtle. Words in Deep Blue is a brilliant story, I highly recommend this impressive book.
If you love beautiful moving books you should definitely read Words in Deep Blue, it's a great story for both young adults and adults.