Tayshas Top 10 of 2018
This was a great book that addressed many issues facing today's teens. Some of the main issues were family relationships, death of a sibling, teen relationships (who is right for someone and who is not), teen bullying, teens being stuck on themselves, etc. I really enjoyed reading the book (read in less than 24 hours) and getting to know the characters. I loved Rachel and Henry, their relationship as friends, how they support each other and told each other how it was to a point. I cannot believe how much Rachel held in emotionally and how she held herself together. Henry is a typical teenage boy thinking about girls and the future. I fell in love with the bookshop and the letter library. It would be amazing to be able to read letters that have been left in books. George held a front that finally cracked toward the end. What they did with the books from the letter library was just great. It would have been fun to find one of those books in a bookshop somewhere. A couple of my favorite quotes: "We are the books we read and the things we love" and “The past is with me; the present is here. The future is unmapped and changeable. Ours for the imagining: spreading out before us. Sunlight filled, deep blue, and the darkness.”
I absolutely loved this book. The storytelling was fantastic, I loved the way Cath Crowley intertwined snippets of messages, poems and books. Furthermore, I found the plot quite refreshing. I’ve never read anything with a plot quite like this book. “Words in Deep Blue” is not solely a romance novel; it also sheds light on what it’s like to lose a loved one. The real emotions of pain and grief remind us that sometimes life can take an unexpected turn. I highly recommend this book to anyone lookings for an expressive, meaningful read. As for age suitability I would recommend ages 14+ as there is mature language in this novel. Rating: 4.5/5
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This is a beautiful novel about overcoming tragedy, accepting change, and the power of words. The author is Australian, so when they talk about summer, the pages are dated in what we in the United States know as winter. She also uses some Australian vocabulary, which was fun to see. I really enjoyed this novel, and I would highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys the classic YA novel that deals with overcoming obstacles, but is also looking for something a bit deeper.
Just a beautiful novel about love, grief and the power of words and human connection.
Poignant, funny, and relational. Simply, a beautiful YA novel for the consummate book lover.
While this book is a little moody and over the top, I love a good romance story. The main characters are both dealing with some rough stuff, but when they are introduced back into one another's lives, it's as if they've never been apart. It doesn't hurt that they are both book lovers!
This is a hard one to review.
Things I loved: Henry and Rachel's love of books; their letter writing; the bookshop; their deep discussions of poetry and literature; their friendship; her grief over Cal; the final letter from Frederic -- wow, it was beautiful.
Things I didn't love: She was really awful to him in the beginning; Amy; Greg; the overabundance of Fbombs -- like, on every page -- I grew so weary of reading that word.
This is a must read for librarians, book sellers and readers.
And also a wonderful teen romance.
It reminds me of a story Arlo Guthrie tells in concert about historical places holding a special sense of all the people who have been there, and songs holding a special sense of all the people who have sung them. It is perfect and lovely and a blessing to extend this to books in such a beautifully told story.
*Edit* After writing this review above - I posted a picture of the crepes I was cooking on the stove to my social media with this commentary:
When authors imagine readers finishing their books, tears streaming down their faces, rushing to write reviews on Goodreads to express their emotion and appreciation for the work of art the writer has put into the world....
I can only assume they don't imagine the reader is reading at dawn on their phone screen, squinting through the tears and then typing the review with frantic flying thumbs in their pajamas, at the stove, between flipping crepes on the skillet while their kids play noisily in the next room and the coffee brews.
Make time for reading. It doesn't have to be the perfect time. Reading fiction is amazing and empathetic and transformative. Make time for reading.
*so far I've only flipped one crepe onto the floor
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