5 Books Underlined by the Author of Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley is one long love letter.

Two teens who were once best friends find their way back to each other in a family-owned bookstore. The store is home to books that are filled with letters between the pages, notes in the margins, and favorite quotes underlined and circled by hopeless romantics and long lost friends throughout the years.

We asked Cath Crowley to tell us the quotes and notes she has underlined in her favorite books. Have you read any on her list?

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

“Remake the world.”


At first, Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

2. A Visit from Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

“Time’s a goon, right?”


Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

“‘Why would you like someone who can’t like you back?’ The question is rhetorical, but if I wasn’t trying to shut up, I’d answer it: You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.”

Note in the margin: Yep.


One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage.

4. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

“They say that each night, when the duties of state permit, she climbs, on foot, and limps, alone, to the highest peak of the palace, where she stands for hour after hour, seeming not to notice the cold peak winds. She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”

Note in the margin: If you loved this, read I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.


Tristran Thorn promises to bring back a fallen star for his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester—and crosses the wall that divides his English country town from another, more dangerous world of lords and witches, all of them in search of the star.

5. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

“He is coming, and I am here.”

Note in the margin: This line reminds me of us, my love, and a strange start. One day you will find this note in our bookshelf, and maybe we are old. Remember that somewhere, in our past, we are young still, and in love.


Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

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