Words in Deep Blue (Hardcover)

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Who doesn’t love a book set in a bookstore? This one is exceptional, with a potential love story years in the making playing out among the shelves of secondhand books. Rachel and Henry were once best friends, but have barely spoken lately, when they find themselves working closely together. Full of hope, grief, and friendship, you’ll root for the characters to figure out what will make for the best ending to their story.

— Kelly


"One of the loveliest, most exquisitely beautiful books I've read in a very long time. . . . I didn't just read the pages, I lived in them." --Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

A beautiful love story for fans of Jandy Nelson and Nicola Yoon: two teens find their way back to each other in a bookstore full of secrets and crushes, grief and hope--and letters hidden between the pages.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family's bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city--and to the bookshop--to work alongside the boy she'd rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can't feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side--surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages--they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it's possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

About the Author

CATH CROWLEY is an award-winning author of young adult novels, including Graffiti Moon and A Little Wanting Song. She lives, writes, and teaches creative writing in Melbourne, Australia. Visit her online at CathCrowley.com.au or find her on Twitter at @CathCrowley
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101937648
ISBN-10: 1101937645
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English