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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Such a beautifully written book deserves a beautiful review, but I’m afraid I can’t quite do it justice. In spite of some profanity, which I chalk up to the Australian writer, the writing was lyrical and the story excellently constructed. Really, I would like to live in this book. I fell in love with Howling Books and the letter library where people leave their favorite books and mark their favorite passages. The letter library is my dream--people loving books and connecting through their pages.

Rachel and Henry are complex and believable characters struggling with the pain of life and death. Their journey contains wonderful lessons about friendship, forgiveness, and overcoming grief--with a little teen angst and some humor thrown in. I know this book isn’t for everyone, but it hit a sweet spot for me when I needed some lovely writing.

Recommended ages--14 and up


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