Monday, June 5, 2017

We All Fall In Love Sometimes - Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Title: Words in Deep Blue
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 6. 2017
Source: ARC from Publisher through Netgalley

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.

This one was really emotional for me. Cath Crowley has an incredible knack for writing characters that I want to connect with.

While typically flowery or 'purple' prose turns me off, Cath uses her words to draw me in by putting them together in combinations I never would've thought of before. The descriptions are unique but complete enough to paint a full picture while leaving room for your imagination to fill in details in a way that is meaningful to the reader.

There were many background stories and while with some books this is overwhelming to me or distracting, here it just makes complete sense and give the reader a deeper connection to the characters.

Rachel's relationships with her aunt, Lola, George, Martin, and the others are really just as important as her past with Henry. The sorrow she avoids, but never quite escapes is evident in everything she does. I love how she begins to work through her pain, not just because of Henry, but thanks to all of the people who are now in her life.

Words in Deep Blue touched on many different family dynamics as well as friendships. Rachel's family is fractured because of the tragedy they have lived through while the Jones family has just been beaten down by life and everyday hardships. Both families are changing so much and the family members have to make some major adjustments to navigate their new realities.

This book is great for anyone interested in young adult romance, family dynamics, and friendships. Also, to anyone who is currently breathing.

Jeff Buckley - We All Fall in Love Sometimes

I chose this song because of the various relationships beginning AND ending throughout the course of the book and Jeff Buckley's melancholy style fits the sadness that haunts Rachel as she learns to face her loss.

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