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Thursday 1 September 2016

Review: Words in Deep Blue

Just like every other book Cath Crowley has written, I couldn’t just read Words in Deep Blue. I had to inhale it. Everything was put on hold until I’d consumed the last word. Then I mourned that it finished too soon. That’s the way with books by Cath Crowley.

Words in Deep Blue is full of letters and love and grief and death. It is funny and heart-wrenching and flows like water. If you loved The Fault in our Stars, you have to read Words in Deep Blue but not because it is the same: it’s because the characters won’t let you go — even the dead ones. I needed to know how the living would work their way out of the shittiest of situations. Or not.

When you shed your heart in a letter, there is nowhere to hide. What if the letter never arrives? What if it does but there is no reply? This is the thread that binds Words in Deep Blue from beginning to end. But there is another deeper thread that underpins Rachel’s world and that of Howling Books. When sudden death calls, it takes months, years to come to terms with not saying goodbye. Words in Deep Blue explores how words, especially those handwritten on the edges of books can heal, open raw wounds and affect us forever.

If you only read one book this year, read Words in Deep Blue.

Title: Words in Deep Blue
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, $18.99 RRP
Publication Date: 30 August 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781742612386
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction