Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on 4/10/18
Genres: Women's Fiction
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Love, loss, friendship, and the betrayals of the past all collide in this first women’s fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You / Hating You).
The story of the heart can never be unwritten.
Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.
But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.
This is arguably the best book Christina Lauren has ever written. This is unequivocally one of my new favorite books. And this is one story that I’d insist every single person reads as soon as they possibly can because it is just that good.
5 “This was Everything” Stars!
Love and Other Words is a breathtaking, heartbreaking, unforgettable coming of age story of grief and loss, of first loves and second chances, all set against a backdrop of meaningful words and classic books. So I suppose it’s only fitting that the words I feel I so desperately need in this moment to properly describe how phenomenal I found this novel to be would evade me now. There are no words that seem adequate yet there are so many words that come to mind. Brilliant. Riveting. Intense. Passionate. Sweet. But my favorite word? Flawless.
Christina Lauren exquisitely crafts this incredible story through alternating chapters in the past and in the present. The past follows a grief stricken Macy as she finds solace in words and in Elliott, the boy next door to the vacation home she spends her free days in. The past chapters detail Macy and Elliott as they grow up together, as they get to know each other over their mutual love of words and books, as they fall into a beautiful friendship and ultimately test the waters of first love. The present, though, finds them estranged and this story takes the reader through an excruciatingly addictive journey toward discovering what went wrong.
I can’t tell you how perfect I found this book to be. I can’t tell you how desperately I wish I could reread it right this second. Everything about Love and Other Words is so right, so perfect, so superbly crafted. Every poignant moment in this love story touched me. Every devastating revelation cut me somewhere deep. Every sweet word, every taste of adolescent jealousy and confusion, each moment of grief, every beautiful glimpse of a father’s love, every frustrating scene, every sensual touch, every second of longing and heartache reached inside me and left something there that I’m not giving back. This book is meticulously pieced together, so superbly executed, all of it coming together in the most unforgettable, brilliant story and as wordy as I may be in this moment, the right words, the words that would do this book the justice it deserves, just won’t come.
To call this book a second chance romance feels insufficient. This story is bigger than that. This book should find itself in the secret hidden shelves of a private little library where two kids fell in love on these pages, a room full of classic stories that everyone should know and experience. This is arguably the best book Christina Lauren has ever written. This is unequivocally one of my new favorite books. And this is one story that I’d insist every single person reads as soon as they possibly can because it is just that good. I might not have the right words to describe this masterful story but Christina Lauren delivers all of them on these pages. And it is perfection.
About the Author
Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right).
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in September, followed by a contemporary romance, Roomies in December, and their first Women’s Fiction, Love and Other Words in April.