Today, I'm back with another Christina Lauren novel: Love and Other Words.
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious and 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 disappear.
A long time ago, 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.
Christina Lauren is truly phenomenal. Like Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, Love and Other Words is heartwarming and captivating. C.L.'s writing is remarkable, but it's the characters that make this story brilliant and unforgettable.
Through the protagonists, the authors manage to create and develop a narrative that is engaging, genuine, and relatable. Macy and Elliot are real characters, who like many of us, have gone through ordeals that have shaped them, their actions, and their relationships.
Like many, Macy protects her heart by keeping partners at arm's length, while Elliot protects himself from heartbreak by giving other women only a small part of himself. These characters hurt, love, laugh. They remind readers that relationships are hard work, but that sometimes, they're worth it.
Love and Other Words is a great pick for any reader of romance and fans of character-based novels.
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