Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words
Author: Christina Lauren
Narrator: Erin Mallon
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The heart may hide, but it never forgets.

The first women’s fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You / Hating You).

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.


Love and Other Words is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. If I had to pick a favorite right at this moment, this book would be it. Hands down.

I cannot even begin to describe how good this book was. From the moment I started listening to it, I knew I was going to be in for an emotionally bumpy ride. Macy was filled with so much angst. I wanted to know so badly why she was the way she was. I couldn’t understand it. Elliot seemed so amazingly awesome. Knowing where Macy and Elliot were now in their lives made experiencing their past even more excruciating. They were so dang perfect for each other that it was hard to imagine where things got off track for them. I had my predictions, but I couldn’t have guessed how their falling apart went down. The path to those revolutions was so engrossing. I didn’t want to stop listening. I was frustrated that I didn’t have the time to listen to the audiobook straight through. When I finally learned the entire truth behind Macy and Elliot’s past, I was even more devastated for them than I had been before.

My heart ached for Macy and Elliot this entire book. It was such a bittersweet story, but it was so good. I loved the way Love and Other Words was written. The past and present were woven together perfectly. The right amount of information was given at the right time. It was utter perfection. I cannot express how beautiful this book was. Go read it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

16 thoughts on “Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

    • You’re welcome! I think this one would be one for you. It’s contemporary romance, but it is almost women’s fiction.

  1. Yay! I love reading how much you loved this one. Me too!!! It’s one of my favorites this year. I love this new genre of writing for them – SO GOOD!

    • Yes, I love the direction they’ve been going lately. Very diverse, yet still romance. Thanks!

    • Thank you. This one is very good. It’s a little less sexy than her other books. I’ve read Roomies and Loving You/Hating You. Both were excellent.

  2. I only have a few people ahead of me on the wait list at the library and have been looking forward to this one. I didn’t realize it was a sad book, though. That makes me a little hesitant, but it didn’t seem to hinder how much you loved it, so hopefully it won’t for me either. Great review!

    • I wouldn’t say it’s overly sad. There’s just this anticipation that things are going to be sad. I think you’ll like it. Thanks!

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