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.
“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
★ "Original, wise, and essential. . . . This love story is an ode to words and life." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "This poignant tale exquisitely chronicles the journey from hopelessness to learning to live again." —School Library Journal, starred review
★ "...Crowley has built a warm cast of surprising and memorable characters and placed them in universal circumstances that slowly unfold into something extraordinary." —Booklist, starred review
"Reading Words in Deep Blue feels a little bit like a slow dance, or falling in love, or swimming in the ocean on a rainy day. It's a stunning reminder of the power of words and books and stories that will leave your heart full and heavy and hungry for more. Cath Crowley is magic." — Krystal Sutherland, author of Our Chemical Hearts
"A big-hearted, stunner of a novel. Cath Crowley's gorgeous prose will make you both tear up and swoon. A beautifully honest meditation on grief and love.” —Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes
"Words In Deep Blue is beautifully written. Laced with humor and poignancy, tragedy and joy, this story will break your heart and then piece it back together." —Emma Mills, author of First & Then and This Adventure Ends
Praise for Graffiti Moon: “The character development is strong. . . . It’s the kind of night you dream about, but it’s very much grounded in reality.” —Buzzfeed.com “Laced with humor and sadness, longing and joy, this slice of life is satisfying and hopeful.” —Booklist
“Richly and affectingly expressed. . . . [An] engrossing story with credible complexity.” —Publishers Weekly
An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book for Teens
Praise for A Little Wanting Song:
★ “Give this incredible, satisfying book to fans of Sarah Dessen, Karen Foxlee, Melina Marchetta—actually, give it to any teen girl who longs a little and feels too much. . . . Unforgettable.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Crowley captures quiet moments with aching beauty and tenderness; her empathy for teen girls recalls Deb Caletti and Sarah Dessen.” —Booklist An ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book