Author: Christina Lauren
Book: Love & Other Words
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 teen 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 reading 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.
“𝑰𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒚, 𝒎𝒚 𝒅𝒂𝒅 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅. 𝑯𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒆𝒕: 𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒆𝒕𝒍𝒚, 𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒌𝒆 𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒆𝒕𝒍𝒚; 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒆𝒕. 𝑰𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝑯𝒊𝒔 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒓𝒐𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒗𝒐𝒄𝒊𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘.”
– Christina Lauren
Love and Other Words is a wonderful triumph – the kind of story that draws you so intimately close to the characters that you almost forget they’re fictional. You’ll be swept away by the friendship, the ease of love – familial, platonic and romantic, the heartbreak, the joy, and the chemistry woven through the fabric of Macy’s and Elliot’s relationship.
CL never disappoints, so I was expecting this to be good, but HOLY SHIT this was amazing. I finished this in 3 days (that’s fast for me 😅). More than once, I wanted to physically shake both main characters (especially Macy) but I eventually understood 😢. I got it! This was such a quietly beautiful story and a true delight from start to finish. Love it!
Anyway, if you’ve read it, what did you think? If you haven’t read it? Read IT!!!
Easy 💯 recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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