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Second-hand bookshops are full of mysteries This is a love story. It's the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets, to words. 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. She's looking for tSecond-hand bookshops are full of mysteriesThis is a love story. It's the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets, to words. 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. She's looking for the future in the books people love, and the words that they leave behind. Sometimes you need the poetsThe new novel from the award-winning author of Graffiti Moon.PRAISE FOR WORDS IN DEEP BLUE"Words in Deep Blue is a beautiful examination of grief, love and the power of words. Told in a dual narrative and littered with excerpts from letters and notes left in books at the shop, Cath Crowley has created a sweeping story about self-discovery and growing up, filled with complicated and flawed characters ... this is a love letter to books and bookshops, to the ocean, to falling in love and finding your way." Bookseller+Publisher"Cath Crowley's Words in Deep Blue is what dreams are made of ... It's a story that will stay with me forever." Nick and Nereyda's Infinite Booklist"Would I recommend it? Without a doubt. Words in Deep Blue is a gorgeous novel that'll pull your heart strings, make you giggle and fill you to the brim with different kinds of love." Trust in Tales...

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words in deep blue Reviews

  • Larry H
    2018-11-29 04:15

    Seriously. This book had me sobbing like I haven't since All the Bright Places or maybe even Me Before You, although there's not quite the same level of tragedy. But as I was crying so hard I wet my t-shirt (don't judge), at the same time I was thinking that I may very well become obsessed with Cath Crowley's writing after this one.Henry and Rachel were best friends. They were utterly inseparable, and the truth is, Rachel was in love with Henry. She knew that Henry was fascinated by Amy, the pretty new girl in school, but she figured she needed to tell him how she felt before she moved away. So she wrote him a letter and tucked it inside his favorite book at his family's bookshop, and she waited for him to come to her.He never showed up, and he texted her to say he overslept the morning she was leaving. She realized that it was time to put Henry and their relationship behind her. So she left town, and didn't respond to his letters or any of his attempts at contact. She built a new life for herself, one without Henry.Three years later, Rachel returns to her hometown. So much has changed, most notably, her brother drowned, making it impossible to be near the water, which was her most favorite place to be. She is unable to feel, unable to derive any joy out of her life, so her mother sends her to live with her aunt. And although the one thing Rachel wants to do is avoid seeing Henry altogether, it's completely unavoidable, since they'll be working together in the bookshop.Henry, meanwhile, doesn't understand how his best friend could have forgotten him. He doesn't understand why she's so angry, so closed off, so unwilling to laugh with him or tell him anything. But Henry has his own crises to contend with—Amy has broken up with him (again), and started dating the handsome jerk from high school, and his divorcing parents are fighting over whether to sell the bookshop. He doesn't know a life that doesn't include the shop—his family lives above it, after all—but at the same time he wonders if selling might make the most sense, since he would finally have the money to treat Amy the way she wants to be treated, when she realizes it's Henry she loves.The bookshop is known throughout Australia for its Letter Library, a collection of books in which people have left letters (or written things) for others throughout the years. Flipping the pages of any of these books provides a glimpse into the beauty and imperfections of love, infatuation, grief, anger, and joy. As Rachel works to catalog the markings inside these books, she realizes that perhaps she needs to open herself up to life a little bit again, and discovers some of her fears about her brother's short life, fears that have paralyzed her, aren't true.As Henry and Rachel try to rebuild their friendship, they must contend with the secret she's been hiding about her brother, as well as the three-year-old elephant in the room. But Henry still can't figure out what he wants from life—romantically or from the bookshop. Both of them must take a leap when the very thought of stepping outside their comfort zone is more than they can handle."What's the point in living on past the moment when those we have loved have left us? And how can we ever forgive ourselves for letting them go?"Words in Deep Blue is emotional, angsty, moving, and occasionally frustrating, but it is just so good. (I haven't even touched on the parallel storyline featuring Henry's younger sister.) Yes, I wanted to beat the crap out of Henry for most of the book, but he's a pretty authentic teenage guy, who wants what he wants regardless of how others feel. And while I get irritated when characters could move forward if only they would say what needs to be said but they don't, this, too, is more like life than fiction.Not everyone out there is into YA, but this is a pretty terrific YA book. I love that the characters aren't refugees from a John Hughes film or a John Green book—while perhaps they're a bit more erudite than typical recent high school graduates, they're not coming up with bon mots you want to write down and try out on your friends either. (Or is that just me.) This is a book that made me feel, yes, all the feels.Cath Crowley, can't wait for your next book. But perhaps a warning I'll need Visine next time? See all of my reviews at http://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blo....

  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2018-11-29 23:17

    Saying I have mixed feelings on this seems like an understatement. I loved the concept, this truly is a bibliophile's paradise with all the references to other well known books and the second hand bookstore setting. It brilliant conveys the emotions of the characters however I found the characters themselves to be rather uninspired. I definitely have mixed emotions regarding the writing style. It was good in some ways but for the most part I found it scattered and confusing to follow. I feel like the author was trying to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time which lead to that lack of clarity. That being said, I did enjoy it enough to give it a 3 stars. Side note: this cover is so aesthetically pleasing.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2018-12-16 22:10

    This is one of the most beautiful books I've had the pleasure of devouring at dawn. Actually I devoured it at midday but pfft, please let's not get caught up on the details. THE FACT IS: THIS IS AN AMAZINGLY GLORIOUS BOOK AND I LOVE IT. But then can Cath Crowley do no wrong?!? I adore her books A Little Wanting Song and Graffiti Moon and I'm sooooo glad this new book exists. IT'S BEAUTIFUL. (What do you mean I said that already??? Dude, I'm saying it a million times. Buckle up for the ride.)The best thing about this book is: IT'S ABOUT BOOKS. I think books about books are (A) the best kind of bookish inception, and (B) doomed to capture the reader's heart because we relate! It's partially set in a bookstore that's failing and about to be sold. And it's absolutely STUFFED with references, discussions, and mentions of other books. Plus do you know how aesthetically pleasing an old second-hand bookstore story is!??? I just wanted to fold myself into this book and live here forever.Although, the bookishness did pose one annoyance. Um, yeah. Hear me out. See the thing about books about books is....usually they're about classic books. Don't get me wrong. I have no problem with classic books. And these characters WERE NOT SNOBS about classics, which was great. The book even mentions The Fault in Our Stars! And I recognised a reference to Summer Skin (which I won and should read yeah???) But about 89% of the important books in here were classics. And it did kind of end up as a pretentious little tango there.(Not enough for me to stop loving the book though, clearly.)(And, I mean, I love the idea of abusing books and writing notes in them and letters and underlining and highlighting...but I COULDN'T DO IT. NO. I COULDN'T.) (And also having a library where people write letters and put them in books for other people to find is THE best idea in the world. Please someone make this happen. #AestheticallyPleasing)Also the characters and the dialogue was definitely BEYOND AMAZING. It's dual narrated by Henry and Rachel who are ex-best friends and kind of are slowly becoming friends again. Henry is also hugely involved in this girl who goes out with him and dumps him again and again etc etc. But despite being an absolute LIMP CUSTARD NOODLE about this girl....Henry is still adorable. Boys with good senses of humour who like to read are just adorable. The end. And Rachel's brother just died so she's severely depressed and often rude. But she's recovering from the worst kind of heartbreak and she is learning to live again (no "romance cures all" messages btw; huzzah). And their banter is EVERYTHING."What?" she asks."Your head," I tell her, "is a very pleasing shape.""Likewise," she says, and smiles.And that's not even to mention all the amazing secondary characters. I just...I can't even summarise how much I looooved the secondary characters. THERE ARE NO PAPER PLATES HERE. Everyone is so dimensional that I literally will climb onto a very very tall chair and yell for a spin-off story for George (Henry's little sister). Everyone was complex and interesting and HEARTBREAKING.Although, I mean, mini-warning: it kinda contains a love triangle. Obviously it is a PERFECT love-triangle because here I am, still enjoying it. It's also 1 boy = 2 girls, which is unusual? And I honestly knew how it'd end up, and it was a case of characters being BLIND. But there you go. Fair warning. It could be a bit irritating because it was obviously Henry needed to get smacked upside the face with a large bookshelf. But ya know...these things happen.I also maybe nearly cried. But I didn't because #Vulcan. But there was something like A TEAR tickling the back of my eyeballs.Also the books is actually very comfortable and calming. This feels weird to say??? BUT HEAR ME OUT. It was a cosy bookshop and lots of food and gentle banter and teenagers with excellent vocabularies and love of dusty old books. And that was just SO COMFORTABLE TO READ ABOUT. It was sad. It was beautiful. It was never never never dull. And yet it was what I'd call a "quiet book". And I'm just enormously thankful for it.I READ AN EBOOK BUT I WANT TO BUY THE PHYSICAL NOW BECAUSE I HAVE A NEED.Basically I love this book an exuberant amount. Obviously. Take a peek at my 5star shouting. The beautiful words, the book-appreciation, the amount of dumplings, the complex characters, the heartbreaking letter-writing, ALL. THE. BOOKS = completely won my little bookworm soul.Bye. I have to go HUG MY BOOKSHELF NOW.*** QUOTES ***Note: quotes taken from an eARC from Netgalley. Be aware that they may not be final.Second-hand books are full of mysteries, which is why I like them.The Letter Library is a section of books that aren't for sale. Customers can read the books, but they can't take them home. They idea is that they can circle loved words or sentences on the pages. they can write notes in the margins. They can leave letters for people who've read and been there before them.Last night I collected all the books I thought I'd need before I took to the counch, so they're all piled up around me -- there's some Patrick Ness, an Ernest Cline, some Neil Gaiman, Flannery O'Conner, John Green, Nick Hornby, some Kelly Link, and if all else fails, Douglas Adams.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-11-25 21:59

    I'm so damn mad! This sounded like a book I would love. Most of my friends love it! So what happened to me????????? All it did was mostly get on my nerves even though I loved the majority of the people in the book and it was sad and there were books. I'm at a loss people!

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2018-12-11 02:51

    “If they were just words then people wouldn’t fall in love because of them…” A beautifully written YA contemporary story about grief and love, death and life and most of all, about the magical power of words to people. Every element fits the overall theme and I love that most of the story is set at a local secondhand bookstore somewhere in Australia. I could practically imagine myself inside Howling Books enjoying every section of the store especially the Letter Library area where people are allowed to write on the books they love or insert anonymous letters to anonymous people and just let the power of words affect people in the best ways possible. The characters are so easy to relate with and I truly enjoyed the alternating POVs between Rachel and Henry. I also love all the other characters who have become a sort of a family because of the bookstore. I appreciate how the romance is interspersed in the plot and I like that even though this is basically a romance novel, it doesn’t overwhelm the entire plot. It’s a truly heartwarming, adorable read that showcases the ability of the author to write one novel with layers upon layers of stories, themes and ideas. I’m definitely reading other books written by the author.

  • LolaReviewer
    2018-12-10 21:57

    The letters left in books as a way of communication were absolutely wonderful. The inclusion of book culture itself caught my interest very fast. Books about books rarely disappoint me. But the romance did. Rachel loves Henry, her best friend, but Henry loves Amy. Rachel leaves. Three years later, after her brother’s death, she comes back and is forced to face Henry again. What if she falls for him once more? Meanwhile, Amy breaks up with Henry, but Henry wants her back desperately. Henry is very, very desperate. If Amy had been a charming girl who wanted the best for him, I would have said, ‘‘yeah, okay, give it a shot, try to get her back since you love her so much.’’ But the author does not present her in a loveable way. She’s banal, until she’s annoying, until she’s despicable. I wouldn’t say that there’s a love-triangle, because Amy said early in the story that she doesn’t love Henry, despite the fact that the latter is crazy about her. Still, there is a case of unrequited love, no secret there, and even of love-hate relationship. I loved the interactions between George and Martin, but Henry and Rachel left me mainly unmoved.Rachel keeps Cal’s death secret for the most part of the book. I understand that she doesn’t want to bring up the subject, or even get into it, but it wasn’t right for her to lie either. Secrets never stay secret for long. It’s annoying for the reader, because he can clearly predict what will happen when the truth is discovered. Howling Books is such an original setting. It’s a bookshop! I had no trouble imagining it in my head. The garden. The monthly book club. The letter corner. I wish such a place existed near my house. It’s a beautiful shop that brings people together and spreads the love of books. I expected to like this more. It was fine… Three stars isn’t the worst case scenario, but it means the book is not worthy of a reread. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  • Maram
    2018-12-16 05:55

    Dear gorgeous cover and an interesting premise,Be good to me, please.Sincerely, Desperate reader in a slump-ish

  • Berit☀️✨
    2018-12-16 22:16

    This book was just simply beautiful.....On the surface this book was about Rachel and Henry and their second chance at love, but truly it was so much more than that.... it was a book about love and life, death and grief, and the power of words... I found both Rachel and Henry extremely likable and relatable; i'd love to go to Australia and visit this book shop, especially the letter library.... if you love books and Love ❤️ this book is definitely for you! So grateful I found this little gem... narration:Hamlisch R. Johnson and Chelsea Burland both did an amazing job, I am a huge fan when there are multiple narrators voicing the multiple points of view and bonus they have Australian accents!💛

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2018-12-06 04:02

    This is the story of Rachel and Henry. They have been best friends for years and at the end of their senior year of high school they have a plan to travel the world together. All is very exciting until someone enters the picture, *cough* evil vixen *cough* and their plans crumble. At the same time, Rachel is secretly in love with Henry and leaves him a letter expressing her love before she moves away. What happens then? you have to read the book to find out.The story is told from the alternating points of view of Rachel and Henry. They both love reading and books are discussed throughout the novel. Some of the titles mentioned are Cloud Atlas, Fahrenheit 451, The Metamorphosis, The Fault in our Stars, and Waiting for Alaska, among others. Henry's parents own an used-books bookstore called Howling Books and in this place there is the Letter Library where people leave letters and secrets and it's just wonderful.Rachel's brother, Cal, has recently passed away so the novel is also an exploration of grief, family relationships, and friendship. I was not 100% convinced by the ending so that was the only issue I had with the book.Overall I liked the book and recommend it to all who love novels that take place around books, bookstores and book lovers.Review posted on blogFINAL NOTE: Check out the entire book cover below, it's beautiful

  • Stacee
    2018-12-10 23:54

    I fell in love with Cath's words with Graffiti Moon and I knew I wanted to read this before I knew what it was about. I loved Rachel and Henry. They're both going through so much and while they rate differently on the spectrum of bad, to each of them, it's catastrophic. I loved their dynamic, their banter, their desperation to help the other when they weren't doing well themselves. And of course there are a small cast of characters who are all excellent and add a layer and texture to the story.The plot is engaging, but it's the prose that did it for me. The topic of books and words and the passion the characters feel for them, it was electric. I was absolutely captivated and as always, I want to roll around in Cath's words. Overall, this felt like a love letter. It was hopeful and heartbreaking and at times the grief was palpable. I was shaking my first to the sky in one page and hugging my arc in the other. I will forever read this book. **Huge thanks to Knopf and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Bianca
    2018-12-16 22:12

    Occasionally, one stumbles upon a book that just moves you in unexpected ways. Words in Deep Blue is one of those books. So what if it's labelled "young adult". If it's good, it's good.Our protagonists are Rachel Sweetie and Henry Jones, both eighteen. They've been best friends for many years, with a three-year gap, when Rachel moved away to another town and stopped all contact with Henry. When Rachel moves back to town, she finds things are not the same, as Henry is dumbfounded that Rachel hadn't missed him. Or had she?Rachel starts working in Henry's parents' second-hand shop, cataloguing their books. Howling Books is a very special place, where many beautiful memories have been made. Where books are special. People leave messages and underline special passages in books. All those special books are held in the Letter Library; those books are not for sale. Of course, books are the centre of this novel. As a book lover, I am somewhat an easy prey when it comes to books about books, although, I've read plenty of novels about books that didn't quite do it for me. This one had references from contemporary and more classic novels and poetry and a few other genres. I never got the feeling that Crawley was just name dropping for the sake of ... whatever. Of course, this novel is about more than just books. It's also about loss, grief, and love. It's also about finding your crowd, who accept you for who you are, even if you are a "freak". The books are the conduit when it comes to confessing love, learning about love, and moving on with life despite grieving the loss of a loved one and the loss of places and objects. Crowley is a terrific writer, who managed to engage and transport me from the very first page.Honestly, I loved everything about this novel. The writing is superb, all the characters, including the secondary ones, are well developed and real. Despite having shed some tears (shhh, don't tell anyone), this was uplifting, calming, and optimistic. Ah, another thing I should mention, this novel has a great filmic (is that a word?) quality about it. I could easily see the scenes as I was reading. I hope somebody grabs the rights for its adaptation and makes it into a movie. Who doesn't love coming-of-age movies?Of course, now I'm keen to read more of Cath Crowley's novels. Because this was just special!I've received this novel via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to the publishers, Macmillan Australia, for the opportunity to read and review this novel.Cover: 5 stars

  • Elyse
    2018-12-18 02:02

    There is so much to love about this book.... The writing is alive with authenticity, and angst. The intimacy of communication shows how extraordinary an ordinary life is. Beautiful...and soooo very moving!!!!

  • Jennifer Kyle
    2018-12-01 00:11

    4.5 STARSI really liked this story and I thought that the writing was just brilliant. The story's setting is a second hand book store called Howling Books which is owned by a family whose parents are going through a divorce. Their son is Henry our hero who just graduated high school. While our heroine who had left this small town to live with her family on the beach has returned masking the hurt over best friend’s Henry’s obsessive love for a girl name Amy and a secret pain she has not shared with anyone yet.Henry’s love for Amy is a bit exhausting however it’s well written and very trying on Rachel and a reader.The store and its uniqueness is completely stellar. I’m positive the majority of friends will love it. ”It’s a library of people, really…”The story was worth the read and the writing truly memorable. ”I believe in a lot of things that you don’t – you know I’m superstitious. But I don’t believe that the future gives us signs. I think we look back and read the past with the present in our eyes.”

  • nick
    2018-12-01 00:16

    HOW? How do Aussie YA authors do this? How do they just take a seemingly straightforward premise and make it wholeheartedly their own? Seriously, I bow down to their genius. My real love affair with Aussie YA started with Cath Crowley’s Graffiti Moon. When I read the synopsis of Words in Deep Blue, I knew that I had to have it in my life. This book slowly crept up on me and by the end, had me bawling my eyes out.Told in the point of views of two friends, Rachel and Henry , and set in a quaint little second-hand bookstore, Words in Deep Blue was a book bursting with heart and emotions. Rachel’s voice nearly destroyed me with how poignant and emotional it was. It was full of grief as a result of having lost her younger brother, Cal, to a drowning and she was dealing with a lot of pain. It’s always a little hard for me to read books about grief and loss, but Cath Crowley knew how to write those themes in a way that touched me and made me feel. Rachel’s incredible journey to learning to live with her loss wasn’t an easy one for her, but she grew to become accepting of her new reality. Henry, on the other hand, I had conflicted feelings about. He was bullheaded in his staunch belief that his selfish ex-girlfriend, Amy, was the only girl for him. Frustrating as that was for readers, it was easy to see where he was coming from, being that he was a hopelessly romantic teen boy and all. Despite his flaws, he had some really great qualities: his loyalty to his family, his protectiveness when it came to his friends and his willingness to provide a shoulder to Rachel to lean on when she needed one. He was an all-around sweet guy, and a perfect fit for Rachel. Their romance was one that slowly evolved from a friendship. They had a one-sided romance before Rachel left town, and while it takes Henry quite some time to realize just how wonderfully perfect she was for him, the friendship the two shared made it all worth the wait.Words in Deep Blue was much much more than just Rachel and Henry’s stories of self-discovery. They may be the narrators, but the secondary cast was just as invigorating. Family and friendship intersect in this story and it’s amazing to watch unfold. From George, Henry’s quirky and outspoken sister, who is ready to find love in her life to Henry’s father, whose love for his little bookstore made my heart ache to Cal, Rachel’s dead brother whose goofiness and love for the ocean made me cry. It’s truly an extraordinary feat when an author is able to make the secondary characters’ stories shine just as bright as the main characters’ – all the stories that I fell in love with here were full of heartbreak and hope. One reason I was more than eager to pick up Words in Deep Blue was the secondhand bookstore setting that Henry’s family owns. The bookshop in itself was a character with how vibrantly it was described as well as the stories that the books held and I’m not just talking about the books’ stories themselves. At Howling Books, people leave each other letters between the pages of the books and man, those letters just made my heart soar and completely swept me away.Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue is what dreams are made of. It’s one of those gem of a book that I know that I will repeatedly read passages and I know that every time I do so it will cause a tiny pang in my heart. It’s beautiful and evocative and romantic and passionate and poignant and unforgettable. I am so grateful that Cath Crowley has graced the literature community with this book. It’s a story that will stay with me forever.

  • ✨ k i t k a t
    2018-11-18 00:55

    Is it just me that always struggled to write the first few lines on a review, I’ve been sat here for the past few minutes figuring out how I want to start it and just drawing a blank, I’m so uncool I apologise xDANYWAYYYYSo, this book was pretty awesome - it was such a lovely (but heartbreaking at times) book and I’m so glad I picked it up to read and I’m so ready to read more books by Cath because this one was just so cute.We have two main characters, Henry being our main character and although some of the things he did at times infuriated me there were bits of him that I loved, especially the fact he was in love with books, from reading them, selling them all the way to smelling them xD He was also a pretty funny character at times I just hated him and Amy, and because of that I hated how he treated Rachel because of Amy.“There should be a disconnect button you can push when someone leaves: you’ve fucked me over; therefore I no longer love you. I’m not asking for the button to be connected to an ejector seat that removes them from the universe, just one small button that removes them from your heart.” I loved Rachel, she was dealing through so much but was still so strong and I loved that about her. She works at the bookshop with Henry in the section of the ‘letter library’ which is actually my favourite thing about the book, it was just such a clever idea, it was where customers could write in the margin of the pages, put little secret love letters in, make notes to different people, circle or underline important words I thought it was such a clever idea.Also, a little mention of side characters because there were some pretty awesome side characters in this book (George) and I would totally be okay with a spin off!I was worried when reading this that I wasn’t going to get a happy ending but I DID and I did a little cheer (in my head) when the happy ending was revealed. Overall this was an enjoyable cute read, it could be a little slow paced at times but overall I really enjoyed it! :D

  • Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
    2018-11-23 23:11

    THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL.“I think that we look back and read the past with the present in our eyes”Henry and Rachel have been best friends for the longest time. Thing is, Rachel loves Henry and doesn't know how to tell him. Henry is in love with another girl called Amy. Rachel KNOWS Amy isn't the right girl for Henry. Amy only comes around when she's lonely. She doesn't love Henry, not like Rachel does. But Rachel has to leave town...The day before Rachel is set to leave, the students at school declare it to be "the last day of the world". Rachel and Henry decide to spend it together. But that biatch Amy comes and steals him away.Rachel and her best friend Lola get on a sort of sugar high that "last day" and Rachel decides to leave Henry a letter declaring her love. She puts it in a book that she knows he'll open, the same page of his favorite poem. I love that you read. I love that you love second-hand books. Henry and his family own a second-hand bookstore. Business may be slow, but Henry loves it. The speciality of their bookstore is that a set of books have been sectioned off and named "The Letter Library". Basically, anyone can take their favorite book off the shelf and make comments in the margins, underline their favorite quotes, whatever. People have actual full conversations in the margins of books. Other people use the books to leave letters to their secret admirers. The Letter Library is a section of books that aren’t for sale. Customers can read the books, but they can’t take them home. The idea is that they can circle loved words or sentences on the pages. They can write notes in the margins. They can leave letters for people who’ve read and been there before them.Rachel uses this idea and leaves the letter in a book by his bed.Then she waits all night for a call. Nothing.She leaves the next day without saying goodbye. She waits three years for him to mention the letter. Nothing. Nada.I wonder if the future sends us hints to get us ready, so that the grief doesn’t kill us when it comes.But a lot has changed in three years. Rachel's brother dies, drowns in the ocean, their favorite place...The universe is all existing matter and space, ten billion light-years in diameter, consisting of galaxies and the solar system, stars and the planets. All of which simply do not have the capacity to cheat a person of anything.Rachel can't take it, can't bring herself to care. She even fails Year 12.But after Year 12, she decides to change her scene. She goes back to town, and stays with her aunt. Her aunt even gets her a job at Henry's bookstore.Rachel isn't thrilled. She had a boyfriend back home, named Joel, who she loved, and later pushed away after her brother died. But she decides to take up the job, if not for Henry, then his mother.And of course, Henry is still in love with Amy.The same Amy who keeps coming back only when she's lonely, who's always been a little bit in love with Greg. The same Amy who dumped his ass. Multiple times. Even though they officially started dating within the last year.(Can't help but love Henry cuz he loves books by amazing authors, but also cuz he makes comments like: “I explain the plan to her, which is basically to wait, horizontally, for life to improve.”)And the story just takes off from there :)So, I know, what you're thinking:This has been said and done so many times. How is this any different? Cath Crowley makes it different!! I had to stalk her for a second until I remembered why her name sounded so familiar. She wrote this book back in 2010 called Graffiti Moon but I read it in 2014 and I. Just. Loved. It.It was one of THOSE books though... The story/plot was probably 4 star but the language. AGH. So beautiful!!! She can make you cry and smile and think all in a fraction of a second. Just one thought about the writing convinced me to give it 5 stars.But this book isn't like that. It's through and through 5 stars, like 7 years just made Cath Crowley a better writer. The concepts and ideas and thoughts... Omg... It just makes me look at life with a competent different angle and it just LOVE books like that.My favorite convo:“Do we have a set amount of seconds to live when we’re born or an unknowable number?""An unknowable number," Henry says."How do you know?""I don’t. I believe." He rolls over and looks at me. "I believe I am adding up to something”It's a nice way to think of it.“He’s picking up parts of the world and showing them to me, saying, See? It’s beautiful.”Kinda badly want someone like that?Another important part of this book are all the book references. Especially since HENRY. LOVES. BOOK.Because I love books down to the full stops. I love them in a way that’s beyond logic and reason.That. Is definitely going on my bio.Ohhhhhh and the side characters are so amazingly a part of the story and agh I'm crying all over again. I'm literally torn up and in a million pieces right now CUZ THAT SIDE STORY.Also, you get to read some notes and letters the The Letter Library, so that's fun!!Definitely read this book!! I don't think it'll disappoint!!!

  • maymay ☕ {semi hiatus}
    2018-11-25 23:59

    this book is blue and beautiful and features- grief- AN ADORABLE SECOND HAND BOOKSHOP- many great characters to ship- books, books, books- tears- letters between book pages- A FRICKEN BOOKSTORE- cute nerdy boys who read more than you okay im still trying to wipe my tears and emotions so RTC

  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)
    2018-12-10 22:00

    Henry, if the love of your life is kissing a moron, it's probably time to reassess whether or not she's the love of your life. —RachelAs someone who devours literature on a daily basis, I always enjoy reading books that feature similarly bookish people. My reading experience becomes more meaningful and memorable whenever I am able to fully connect with characters, as fictional as they are. Following this train of thought, Words in Deep Blue is a perfect summer read for us lovers of the written word. It follows two booknerds, Rachel and Henry, who live in this rabbit-and-kangaroo-infested place called Australia (not America, for a change). Rachel and Henry have been best friends since they were children, and Rachel eventually decides to confess her feelings by leaving a love letter in his favorite book. Unfortunately, certain circumstances prevent Henry from reading it and cause Rachel to move to another city. Years later, Rachel and Henry work together in his family's bookshop, but everything between them has changed for the worse. You can probably guess what happens next.Unsurprisingly, Words in Deep Blue was character-driven. Since I've already read tons of contemporary books, I could see the ending from a mile away. Plus, some of the chapters were uneventful although they shed much light on Rachel and Henry's personalities. Although the plot was indeed predictable, I really enjoyed how this book tackled relevant themes such as grief, forgiveness, and true love. This wonderful aspect of the book more than compensated for its lack of spontaneity.Among all of the characters, Rachel was the one who touched my heart. I was so sad for her loss, and I understood the numbness or emptiness she felt because of her brother's death (this is not a spoiler). If I lost either of my brothers, I wouldn't know what to do with myself besides moping and looking up. Honestly, familial loss in books never fails to tug at my heartstrings.Reading Cal's letters to his crush was both enjoyable and saddening. He was a devoted bookworm like the other characters, and he could have lived such a fruitful life if he hadn't drowned in the stupid ocean (this only deepened my hatred for swimming). In other words, it was painful to think about the happy ending that he could've had. Wishful thinking can be so pleasurable, but it sucks when you realize that it's futile. Cal's death was already established from the very beginning. Nevertheless, I couldn't help but stubbornly wish for a shocking plot twist.Henry was actually my least favorite character. I liked his fondness for poetry and other philosophical literature, but I wasn't a fan of how he pined for a girl who obviously "loved" him only when it was convenient. I cringed every time he tried to convince Amy to come back to him because it made him look so pathetic, if not hopelessly blinded by puppy love. His redeeming qualities were his sensitivity and optimism. If it weren't for him, Rachel would have spent a longer time in the cage of depression. Basically, Henry was the type of person who always had a shoulder to cry on.The side characters in this book were surprisingly well-developed. I didn't feel that they were just created to function as plot devices. For example, George and Martin had their own unique personalities, and the letters they sent to each other increased the depth and humor of the story. This made me appreciate the book more because it showed how the author was very intentional in her writing.After all the paragraphs I've written in this review, the bottom line is that Words in Deep Blue is a worthy addition to your TBR shelf, especially if you love contemporary novels that are character-driven and emotionally heavy. It doesn't have the most unique plot, but the book as a whole is something to reflect on.

  • Marialyce
    2018-11-27 01:10

    Five wonderfully romantic totally sad but fantastic stars!I so enjoyed this lovely charming book that took on young love, old love, a secondhand bookstore and the loss of a loved one. Capturing the theme of love, loss, and words left behind through letters and notes inserted into and onto books was delightful. Sometimes it is not easy to speak to one of your feelings. How much better it is to write them down particularly on a page in a book that writes of what you feel? Have you ever underlined passages in a book? Have you ever made notes on the side of a page? Have you ever just stopped reading and sat awhile to mull over the beauty of the words you just read? For Rachel and Henry the love they share is one built on friendship although for Rachel it is something more. She has just lost her brother Cal who drowned. She suffers his loss and tries to lose herself in going back to live with her aunt for awhile thus reuniting with friends and of course Henry. "I open my eyes at midnight to the sound of the ocean and my brother’s breathing. It’s been ten months since Cal drowned, but the dreams still escape." Henry is suffering from the love for Amy who drops him always with her eye towards a better situation while he also is dreading a possible sale of his beloved bookstore. " I tried to love you." "I really tried very hard" says Amy but "I am not in love with you." "These must be the most depressing words in the history of love. I tried really hard to love you. I’m not certain of a lot of things, but I’m certain of this—-when I’m old and I have dementia, when my brain has aged to smoke, these are words I will remember." Poor Henry!With beautiful prose and the backing of some wonderful books and poetry, Ms Crowley creates a lovely story filled with many of the things we can recall of young love and the trials of youth. This is a beautiful book that examines the concepts of grief, loss, and finding your way in a complicated world. I heartily recommend it especially to those who relish books that tug on your heartstrings and make you remember what it was like being very young and being in love.

  • Jen Ryland
    2018-12-14 04:51

    Weirdly, this is yet another book about anonymous letter writing (along with Letters to the Lost and Alex, Approximately.) That said, Cath Crowley is in a class by herself. This is an amazingly beautiful book about life and love and loss, about books and the people who love them. One of my favorites of 2017. Please follow me on Instagram! Read more of my reviews on YA Romantics or follow me on Bloglovin The FTC would like you to know that the publisher provided me a free advance copy of this book, that free books can be enjoyable or not, and other readers may disagree with my opinion.

  • PattyMacDotComma
    2018-12-03 02:56

    5★“’You said you loved me.’‘I do love you,’ she says, and then she starts italicising love into all its depressing definitions. ‘I just don’t think I’m IN love with you. I tried, though. I tried really hard.’These must be the most depressing words in the history of love. I tried really hard to love you. I should ask her to leave.”That was Henry speaking to Amy. (We like Henry. We loathe Amy, just so you know, even though we’ve all probably been there.) I completely enjoyed this tale of teen angst with some interesting bookish characters who have various issues (don’t we all?) and who have known each other since their early school years. But this is not just about the kids. It’s also about several related and unrelated adults. PLUS, it’s a book about books, a weakness of mine. Henry’s family owns Howling Books, a second-hand bookshop with a difference. It is also the second home (the first in many ways for a few) for some lost souls who congregate in the reading garden or leave messages in the Letter Library, which are shared with us.“The Letter Library is a section of books that aren’t for sale. Customers can read the books, but they can’t take them home. The idea is that they can circle loved words or sentences on the pages. They can write notes on the margins. They can leave letters for people who’ve read and been there before them.”Henry and his family love the Letter Library, but they may have to put it up for sale. Amy doesn’t see the point of a bookshop when the land is worth so much. She’s after a high-achieving lawyer-type (we REALLY don’t like Amy), but then along comes Rachel. . . again. She and Henry and Amy went to school together. So did Henry’s sister (George) and Rachel’s brother (Cal, for whom she’s grieving), and also some other friends who feature here. Rachel and Cal were as besotted with books as Henry’s family.She has returned to her hometown after several years away, now trying to escape her grief over her brother but unwilling to tell anyone what’s happened. Henry and Rachel were best friends since they were little, until she moved away and gradually stopped writing to him. (We know why, but he’s befuddled.)“She sent me one-paragraph letters back, and then the letters turned into one-paragraph emails, and then she added me to group emails, and then she stopped writing altogether.”He stresses about that, but then when Amy dumps him, as she does periodically (you won’t like Amy either, trust me), and a friend asks how he feels, Henry says“ ‘Like I’ve just had every single one of my organs harvested while I’m still alive.’‘Good to know you’re not overreacting. ’” Amy, takes up with a handsome bully, but she’s determined to keep teasing Henry away from Rachel, and does a pretty good job of it. He’s only a kid, and Rachel IS being difficult!There’s plenty of philosophising, which I often don’t enjoy but I did in this book. A few examples:“Sh*tness, my sister says, has a momentum that good luck just doesn’t have.”[Remisicent of Mark Twain's: "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."]In discussing time loops and whether there are signs from the future we're missing now:“But I don’t believe that the future gives us signs. I think that we look back and read the past with the present in our eyes.”About the Letter Library:“. . . the transmigration of memory that happens all the time—saving people the only way we can—holding the dead here with their stories, with their marks on the page, with their histories.”And for all writers and readers:“. . . 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.”I loved it. It is repetitive here and there, but I loved it anyway. It revolves around one of those little community hubs that we don’t want to lose. My quotes are from a NetGalley review copy, so they might have changed in the final publication.P.S. From the author’s blog:“The wonderful Pan Macmillan has created a Virtual Letter Library, [http://theletterlibrary.tumblr.com/] inspired by Words in Deep Blue.I’d love it if people submitted to the library. All the instructions are on the site. You can post quotes from Words in Deep Blue, letters you might write to strangers, notes you would scrawl in margins on the books that you love.I’ll be a regular poster. I hope to see you there.Cath x

  • Laura
    2018-12-03 02:52

    How does one start living again after a loss of a loved one, a pain so deep it stops everything? ”I wonder how she could forget about it, a thing like that. And I wonder how she can go on living if she doesn’t.”Maybe we keep on living by keeping the dead alive in the pieces and stories they leave behind in the world and in our hearts.Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue holds and shares so many stories—from two former best friends trying to be best friends again to the life and meaning of a bookstore and home. This book shows the pieces of all of us in the pain and passions. Pieces of a life. Loves and losses. Family and friends. Words and books. One life can hold so many pieces and connections.“There are so many people in the Library, so many people who’ve left parts of themselves on the pages over the years.”Howling Books is at the center of this book and a home to Henry Jones and his family. It serves as a hub of ideas and discussion and theory for a family and community. People go to Howling Books to talk and share their love of reading and books. This beloved struggling, second hand book store even opens for book emergencies in the middle of the night! I wanted to crawl around the stacks and sleep on the floor staring up at the piles as the dust and words moved around the room. But the heart of this bookstore is the Letter Library—a sectioned off place for people to leave letters and marks and notes on the pages of books for other readers to discover and discuss. The beating heart of a reader and book can be found in these highlights and circles and marks in the text. People leave their pain and passion on the pages. It’s a beautiful idea and place to find history, life, love, and death. What would I leave? In which book? What would I find? Who would I find? Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie can be found in this beautiful book. Two hilarious, soulful, sweet best friends going through so much. Rachel, who moved away years before is back, but grieving after the death of her brother, Cal. A heartbroken Henry is searching for a way to get his ex-girlfriend back. A girl that no one seems to like or think is good enough for Henry. (Including me—especially me!) After three years of almost complete radio silence though, can Henry and Rachel find a way to share their lives and hearts again? I adored Rachel and Henry’s energy. They were quiet, but at the same time said so much. Their soft spoken hearts were filled with sweet sarcasm and matter of fact-ness and honesty. Brutal honesty, but a brand of truth we all look for in a friend. Their energy seeped into the room with me. Henry’s dry, hilarious sense of self made me smile and Rachel’s strength moved me to remember and push through past pains to happier memories. These two souls were made for each other! The way Henry spoke of Cal’s death and Rachel’s grief was genuine and life affirming. Honestly I don’t know how Ms. Crowley managed to capture such complicated emotions on the page in such simple, pure, little words and phrases. Phrases like “I will always save you.” and “How can you not have missed me?”. *big sigh*Let me sidetrack for a minute about the writing…..Cath Crowley has a way with words. Her words are unique and gorgeous and somehow find a way of burrowing down deep into my soul. Days pour in, words rain down, and more! But the way she uses books in this story to help Rachel grieve and survive is dazzling! Books can hold memories of our loved ones. Memories and stories that connect us to the days and people we left behind or lost. Do you have a book in your reading life that can somehow transport you back to another time with certain people or feelings? My book is a copy of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. It’s currently sitting on a shelf at my public library, but it’s MINE. That copy can bring me right back to a time filled with love and little worry. Just running my finger down the spine can make me smile and sigh. I left a piece of myself in that book and I see it every time I visit the library. “We are the books we read and the things we love.”I know I didn’t break down the plot in detail, but really you just have to experience this story. You need to drop by Howling Books and meet Henry, Rachel, George, Martin, Michael, Frederick and more. They will leave a mark on your soul and maybe--maybe inspire you to leave your mark on a book for others to find.HIGHLY recommended.

  • TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
    2018-11-25 05:53

    This was on okay read though I expected to enjoy it a lot more. To me, the hero was sweet but at the same time incredibly whiny and spends more than half of the book pining for another girl (who is a TERRIBLE person.) This book was more centered on grief, loss, and how to deal with losing someone and less about romance, which is what I wanted and was expecting and wished the author focused more on. This story seemed to be targeted for younger readers and just not something I connected entirely with. Also - that plot twist was blatantly obvious and I saw it coming a mile away.I do want to point out it's most definitely a well written story and the banter was entertaining. But the characters just didn't do it for me, nor their romance, and the overall story was too sad for my liking. Find Me On:Instagram ❤ FB Page ❤ FB Blog ❤ Blog ❤ Twitter

  • Heather 'Bookables'
    2018-11-24 22:13

    3.5I enjoyed this book! My favorite aspect of the entire book was the bookstore, Howling Books and more specifically their Letter Library.In the letter library you cannot buy any of these books. You are more than welcome to read them, peruse them and even write in them and also write letters to other people.I just loved reading all of the lettters people wrote to each other and left in certain books and the letters between our two main characters, Henry and Rachel. Of course this letter library is not the plot of this book but rather Rachel and Henry and how they used to be best friends but not anymore.How they may have feelings for each other but they haven't seen each other in 3 years. It's about Grief and dealing with that. It is a beautiful book and I would highly recommend it to book lovers for the aspect of the howling books alone.

  • Jill
    2018-11-17 22:13

    *3.5 This book has a really cool concept and I enjoyed the storyline a good deal. However, I had a few problems with the characters and the pacing. It felt really slow at times and I was not really connected to any of the characters. I mostly wanted to slap Henry half of the time. Now that being said, the concept of this book is brilliant. It's very bookish and quirky and I adored the whole book vibe throughout... I just don't believe I'm going to remember these characters for any long period of time :(

  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
    2018-12-14 03:13

    "We are the books we read and the things we love. Cal is the ocean and the letters he left. Our ghosts hide in the things we leave behind."Words in Deep Blue is endearing and poignant. It is a love letter to books that I felt deep in my soul. The way Cath Crowley put into words how loving books becomes you is perfect and it really just worked for me. I wholeheartedly loved this. I know this is a book I will revisit again and again to read my favorite quotes that I've marked like it was my own book going into the Letter Library of Howling Books. This was beautiful and magical in a way that a book that has no magic can be. I mean I could go on and on but I'll stop here. I should also mention that while the characters are very flawed, they're all so genuine and realistic to their circumstances. I loved the characters especially Rachel and George. The love story was really sweet. I also really enjoyed how grief and loss was discussed. At very least, if you love books and bookshops, just read this. 5 stars."Because I love books in a way that's beyond logic and reason. That's just how it is.I love them the way those people in the Letter Library love them. It's not enough to read--I want to talk through the pages to get to the other side, to get to the person who read them before me."

  • Mary
    2018-12-03 02:13

    I’m in love. With this book, with the characters, with the writing, with everything. As a reader, this was a book that literally warmed my soul and heart. It’s a story about love, loss, friendship, family and, most importantly, books. It’s essentially a love letter to books and I think I’ve been waiting to read it my entire life. I’m so happy I found it.From Goodreads: 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. This was absolutely beautiful. As a reader, I don’t think I’ve related to a book so much before. The love for books permeates the pages and you can *feel* it. I adore the idea of Howling Books and the Letter Library - having people leave notes and letters in books, that can be later discovered by other people. Having books as a means of communication between people who might never see each other again or who have never actually met. It creates such a connection, not only between the characters, but between the reader and the book itself. I honestly want to live inside the universe of this book. Move into the Letter Library and never, ever leave.The characters were brilliant. Henry was adorable and funny and dorky, but in a really cool way. Rachel was sweet and witty and an amazing person all around. The side characters were quirky and exactly what this book needed. I loved each and every one of them (maybe except for Amy because no). The dialogue was on point. The prose was *beautiful*. I really have difficulty expressing myself properly, because I don’t have enough words to praise this as much as it deserves. How can I explain how much this book resonated with me? You need to read it for yourself and see. As a reader, it was a perfect novel. Riddled with references to other books (I caught a reference to Ready Player One, which honestly blew my mind), discussion based on them, characters whose love for books is a defining trait… I wasn’t kidding when I said it was a love letter to books as a whole.It’s such a… cosy book. It left me feeling fuzzy and warm and with overall just a good, pure feeling. Very few books have made me feel this way. I don’t know if it was the writing - so poetic, so gentle, so calming - or if it was something else. The truth is that it will probably be a go-to book whenever I need something to quiet the mind and the world. It’s comforting, quiet, but not boring or dull.It’s absolutely brilliant. And a must-read for anyone who loves books. Which is probably all of you reading this. So do yourselves a favour and pick this up immediately.Favourite quotes: “[…] 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. We wouldn’t have learned to write. If they were just words then people wouldn’t fall in love because of them, feel bad because of them, ache because of them, stop aching because of them, have sex, quite a lot of the time, because of them.”“Second hand books have a way of travelling, sure. But what travels forward can come back.”"We are the books we read and the things we love. Cal is the ocean and the letters he left. Our ghosts hide in the things we leave behind.” ★★★★★Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts

  • Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
    2018-11-30 06:11

    "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 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. We wouldn't have learnt to write. If they were just words then people wouldn't fall in love because of them, stop aching because of them, have sex, quite a lot of the time, because of them"I cannot believe i waited so long to read this book after i got it in the YA Chronicles subscription box, it was so AMAZING! Being my first Cath Crowley book i was blown away by how hooked i got to the story, the characters, the letters in the 'Letter Library' and her writing. It is read in two perspectives , Rachel's and Henry's. This is a quick read, a love story, a book of letters, a book about books; and it is now one of my favourites. This will be a little hard to review because i dont want to give too much away, IT IS JUST AMAZING, SO PICK IT UP!Me after reading this:Rachel Sweetie is mourning the loss of her brother Cal when she fails year 12 and the numbness inside her grows. Needing a change she decides to move away from Sea Ridge and back to her hometown of Gracetown, where she left behind memories of her old life, including her best friend Henry.Moving in with her aunt Rose, she is made to help out at a local second-hand bookstore owned by Henry's parents who are considering selling it due to financial trouble. Her job is to catalogue all the handwritten notes, underlined phrases and letters between people in the 'Letter Library' (a shelf of books with personalised inscriptions from readers over the years, which cannot be bought but read inside the store). Henry on the other hand, still works the same job with his sister George, hangs with the same friends but still hasn't gotten over the fact that Rachel left without even saying goodbye, despite writing her letter after letter which go by without response. Having just been broken up with by his girlfriend Amy after booking a non-refundable ticket around the world, he desperately tries to win her back while trying to decide whether his family selling the second hand book store is a good idea or a terrible life changing mistake. My favourite character in this is probably George, Henry's sister. I related to her quite a bit, or more so my teenage self did. She is shy with most, but when in a comfortable environment outgoing and outspoken. She's been bullied for being different, and not following the status quo. Dealing with the divorce of her parents, and doesn't like to hurt anyones feelings by choose sides. She receives letters in the 'Letter Library' from a secret admirer for years, and when the pieces slowly come together it makes her character stronger, more open and finally ready for love.My least favourite character.. well thats not right. I literally loathed this character and everything about her. I seriously fucking hate Amy with a passion, everytime she's mentioned i'd just roll my eyes. I've known girls like her and i can say even in real life, i cannot bloody stand them and their stupid selfish games.This book ties everything together perfectly. Its a real feel good, love life novel about love, friendship, books and how much words can make an impact on our lives.I love the idea of the 'Letter Library' although the thought of actually writing in my own books, or other peoples makes me cringe, its a nice concept though and something completely different.The love of books in general is beautiful, there's classic and newer books presented in this novel.In a way all the characters in this novel love books or hang out at the second hand book store, which has a little garden area out back to enjoy the weather and share bookish talk. Reading the letters was probably my favourite bit about it all. If Cath Crowley writes all her books like this, well i'll be sure to buy them and continue adding them to my favourites.Go Cath!But seriously, buy this book, listen to it, borrow it; GET ON IT!Recommended for anyone liking : Contemporary , YA and Romance.

  • Suzanne
    2018-12-04 23:09

    This was a beautiful book to read. It is charming and funny. I absolutely loved the story. I borrowed it from my public library but I plan to buy it for my own bookshelves because it is a book I can see myself rereading. Highly recommend reading this book if you want to read a story on friendship, love, grievance, redemption, and life's many changes we go through through the years.

  • Maraia
    2018-12-06 23:14

    I just love books about people who love books! This one is extra special. <3