Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren



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.



NOW and THEN is the format of the story. It goes from the present time when Macy and Elliot run into each other after not seeing each other for 11 years to the past when they were teens and becoming friends.

The eleven-year gap when they weren’t together is what we learn about when the story ventures back to the THEN. That was a time of innocence and of coming of age. Macy and Elliot spent time reading together and sharing their favorite word which was always changing depending on what was happening around them.

The NOW was messier. Their lives had other people in them. Everything was just more complicated NOW that they were adults.

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS is a standalone. It alternates between two timelines (teenage years and then 11 years later). It’s a second chance romance between two book nerds who will have you rooting for them to take another chance on each other. My favorite word: romance. 🙂

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