[Review] Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren

New romance

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.

I was really scared to pick this book because of all the hype around it. Did I completely miss the hype? Yes. Did I enjoy it still? Yes. But I really enjoyed it and got into it when I reached around 70-75% of my read. So basically the end of the book.

I liked the way this book was written with the flashbacks but something big was missing: Elliot’s point of view. Macy’s character was really interesting but I would have loved to have Elliott’s point of view to get more of the back story. I think this character wasn’t developed as much as it should have- and it’s sad.

So can we get a sequel just about Elliott, please? Thank you.

No but for real, I felt like the topics that should have been developed around Elliot’s past and his own journey weren’t used enough.

What made me love the book was how Macy and Elliott’s friendship was built around their love of books and words. That’s what made me want to read the book to be honest, when I heard the two main characters were bookworms I was like- “SOLD”.

So overall it was a beautiful story, about friendship, first love, first experiences, death, grief, growing up. I wish I cried as much as others did, because I did not cry once. And I was expecting to cry.

As always I would recommend anyone who feel like reading it, to do so. Remember every points of views are different. You might cry! Who knows?


Morgane. x

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