After a decade apart, childhood sweethearts reconnect by chance in New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren’s touching, romantic novel Love and Other Words…how many words will it take for them to figure out where it all went wrong?
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We quickly got lost in memories of first romance as we tore through this this well-paced love story. Toggling between Macy and Elliot's long-past teenage crush and their present-day adulthood, Love and Other Words traces the enduring but complicated story of two kindred spirits. In a voice that’s both relatable and contemporary, two-person author team Christina Lauren—previously known for their young adult novels—craft engaging and honest prose that packs just the right amount of steamy drama.
Poignant but never cheesy
It’s hard to balance sincerity without tipping over into syrupy sweetness. This novel does both, in the youthful and grown up timelines. Highly recommend
Good, but anxiety-inducing
While this is a good story, it is not your typical Christine Lauren book. There is no light-hearted banter. I don’t think a book has ever ratcheted up my anxiety quite like this one.
One of my faves!
This book is just everything! It’ll make you smile, cry, laugh, and make you feel good. Such a sweet, nostalgic story.