“Before you say it words do matter. They’re not pointless. If they were pointless then they couldn’t start revolutions and they wouldn’t change history and they wouldn’t be the things that you think about every night before you go to sleep. If they were just words we wouldn’t listen to songs, we wouldn’t beg to be read to when we’re kids. If they were just words, then they’d have no meaning and stories wouldn’t have been around since before humans could write.”
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This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.
I adored the themes and messages portrayed in this book. There are heavier themes like loss and grief, but friendship and family are also really big factors. As a short summary, after the loss of Rachel’s brother, Cal, she loses a lot of herself. The book is about facing her grief and accepting that her brother is gone + along the way she learns and grows.
I loved the setting of this book! For one it was in Australia! I got so excited when I read that because books are rarely ever set here. Another funny thing is that I don’t understand the American schooling system. Sophomore, junior, seniors. I’ve gotten a few of my American friends to explain it to me and for the most part I get it, but just seeing terms like grade 11 (junior) and grade 12 (senior) was so cool (I think those are equivalent but correct me if I’m wrong. It was also set along the beach and in a second hand book store! This book is perfect for us bookworms and really important to because it talks about the power of books/words and was just a really good summary of why I love books so much.
I read this book non-stop. Crowley constructs the themes of grief really well and something I loved was how while Rachel tried to hold her emotions in and hide the truth about what happened, she does let her friends and family help her deal with it once she was ready to let them know. That’s so important!
Rachel: Such a strong character. Losing someone you love is one of the worst things in life and always always unfair. She’s funny and witty and strong. She’s holds up so well but at the same time, she lets people in and she understands that she can’t hold that weight alone.
Henry: Henry is adorable but also really deluded at times. He’s in love with someone who so clearly doesn’t love him back. The girl isn’t a bad person exactly but she just doesn’t care about him all that much (okay yeah still kinda terrible). His love for his sister is adorable. His love for books is relatable and he’s so dorky and passionate. A BEAN.
There was so much hope and emotion coming off the pages.Words in Deep Blue is just such a lovely book.
A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.
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Have you read Words in Deep Blue? What about Cath Crowley’s other books? Is it on your TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?
Until next time,