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.
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.
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I loved this book, I cried so hard at the end, it has been a while since I read a book that had good romance and emotions like this.
Such a sweet love story
I have read many of these authors books. Many funny and sexy but this story was sweet and heart warming. Bring your tissues
What a page turner!
I couldn’t put this book down! It was endearing and comical and a perfect story filled with young love and loss. A must read!