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.
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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.
Such a beautiful yet heart breaking story.
I have to say, this book really took me by surprise. I did NOT expect most of the events that were revealed at the end of the story.
The book is split alternating between the past and present, which gives an interesting twist to how the story plays out. I loved Macy and Elliots beginning and how it came about, but man the crazy twist that is revealed broke my heart. And then the author swooped in and picked up the pieces and glued them all back together. I do wish though, that there was a little more on their life afterwards.
The writing was good, you could really feel the emotions between the characters. Character Development wasn’t as good as other books I have read, but it works for this sweet story.
please read! You might cry, I did, multiple times.