Sunday, January 24, 2021

Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

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.

Love, loss, friendship, and the betrayals of the past all collide in this first fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You / Hating You).

Paperback, 426 pages
Published April 10th 2018 
by Gallery Books
4.5/5 stars

Relatively new to the writing duo Christina Lauren, it was In a Holidaze that has me going through their back list.  Love & Other Words was the one recommended by my friends on IG.

I was drawn into this book immediately.  Told from present day Macy and then as 13 year old Macy - this story progresses as the friendship between her and Elliot develops.

Would I call this 'chick lit'?  I suppose so or maybe women's fiction but either way I enjoyed reading this book, from the writing that kept me immersed to a connection with a 13 yo, who lost so much at such a young age, to watching her grow into a young woman and what happened when everything changed - yea I didn't see that one coming. Coming in over 400 pages, some parts in the middle might have dragged on a little but I was too invested to let it bother me.

Love & Other Words is a coming of age story with its bookish charms - what's your favourite word? what are you reading and a cozy 'closet' that any bookworm would love regardless of age.  It was a pleasure to read and will be one to recommend. There is some mature content but nothing to take away from the story.

My copy was obtained from the local public library.

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