Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue

eBook - 2017
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Teenagers Rachel and Henry find their way back to each other while working in an old bookstore full of secrets and crushes, love letters and memories, grief and hope.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
ISBN: 9781101937662
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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May 18, 2019

I had first read this book up to chapter 5 in Middle School. Unfortunately I didn’t get to finish due to being on poor terms with that teacher in specific who owned it.
Just after reading those few chapters, the book was on my mind for months. I couldn’t stop thinking of it until I had actually completed it.

Cal, Rachel, Henry, they were all connected in heart tugging ways. The entirety of this book felt blue, and I honestly can’t think of any other way to describe it. Throughout it’s entirety it felt like everything was being seen through a blue tint, the library, the beach, the sea, the concert. Everything felt like something was being held back to the other characters.
I’ll be honest, I mostly read it because I just adored the concept of the book shop in this. The idea of having books to share notes and thoughts with other people. It all felt utterly bittersweet. The thought of all the emotions that were intertwined within it. I suppose the story was supposed to emphasize that. With the minor character of the man searching for his late wife’s book, having a beautiful view on the idea of second hand books.

I suppose I was ultimately disappointed though. The end of the book didn’t feel like an end, the characters eventually slipped away to words. The start of the book seemed perfect, yet as it went on and on it just slowly all came apart. I couldn’t find any interest towards it any longer. I loved the characters, but eventually I just lost all connection. I won’t be forgetting this story any time soon though!

Feb 25, 2019

This book was so heartfelt and heartbreaking. The main characters were lovable, quirky and relatable. My only complaint was that the author referenced A LOT of books and other authors throughout the novel and, at times, it just felt a little bit pretentious.

RDPL_Teens Oct 10, 2018

I really enjoyed this YA (bordering on New Adult) book set in Australia largely in a used bookshop complete with a 'Letter Library' where people can leave notes to one another in the books. It's a coming-of-age tale dealing with unrequited Love, as well as grief and friendship, and the fact that it incorporates lots of books into the story is great too.

Sep 15, 2018

Very sweet, very compassionate.

Jul 31, 2018

This was a great book that addressed many issues facing today's teens. Some of the main issues were family relationships, death of a sibling, teen relationships (who is right for someone and who is not), teen bullying, teens being stuck on themselves, etc. I really enjoyed reading the book (read in less than 24 hours) and getting to know the characters. I loved Rachel and Henry, their relationship as friends, how they support each other and told each other how it was to a point. I cannot believe how much Rachel held in emotionally and how she held herself together. Henry is a typical teenage boy thinking about girls and the future. I fell in love with the bookshop and the letter library. It would be amazing to be able to read letters that have been left in books. George held a front that finally cracked toward the end. What they did with the books from the letter library was just great. It would have been fun to find one of those books in a bookshop somewhere. A couple of my favorite quotes: "We are the books we read and the things we love" and “The past is with me; the present is here. The future is unmapped and changeable. Ours for the imagining: spreading out before us. Sunlight filled, deep blue, and the darkness.”

May 30, 2018

I absolutely loved this book. The storytelling was fantastic, I loved the way Cath Crowley intertwined snippets of messages, poems and books. Furthermore, I found the plot quite refreshing. I’ve never read anything with a plot quite like this book. “Words in Deep Blue” is not solely a romance novel; it also sheds light on what it’s like to lose a loved one. The real emotions of pain and grief remind us that sometimes life can take an unexpected turn. I highly recommend this book to anyone lookings for an expressive, meaningful read. As for age suitability I would recommend ages 14+ as there is mature language in this novel. Rating: 4.5/5
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

JCLMeganK Jan 24, 2018

This is a beautiful novel about overcoming tragedy, accepting change, and the power of words. The author is Australian, so when they talk about summer, the pages are dated in what we in the United States know as winter. She also uses some Australian vocabulary, which was fun to see. I really enjoyed this novel, and I would highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys the classic YA novel that deals with overcoming obstacles, but is also looking for something a bit deeper.

ArapahoeKati Aug 25, 2017

Just a beautiful novel about love, grief and the power of words and human connection.

Aug 14, 2017

Poignant, funny, and relational. Simply, a beautiful YA novel for the consummate book lover.

ArapahoeStaff1 Jul 13, 2017

While this book is a little moody and over the top, I love a good romance story. The main characters are both dealing with some rough stuff, but when they are introduced back into one another's lives, it's as if they've never been apart. It doesn't hurt that they are both book lovers!

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May 18, 2019

HelenaBeat thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

RDPL_Teens Oct 10, 2018

RDPL_Teens thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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RDPL_Teens Oct 10, 2018

Coarse Language: Not used extraneously, but there is some language younger readers should be mindful of.


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