In Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Posted April 20, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Love and Other Words by Christina LaurenLove and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Genres: Women's Fiction
Publication date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: eARC, 432 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

Generally speaking, I tend to shy away from women’s fiction. I want to KNOW I’m getting a HEA or even HFN at the end of a book and that’s not always the case in that genre. But, when you find out one of your favorite author duos is releasing a new book that sounds really good, no matter the genre, you read it. Or at least I do. That’s what happened with Love and Other Words. I regret nothing.

I’m a sucker for a second chance romance and Macy and Elliot’s story made me feel all the feels. Told entirely from Macy’s POV, but alternating between the present (when they find themselves back in each other’s lives) and the past (when they were the best of friends… and more). It was a great way to learn the entire story. Something obviously went down between them in the past, but it’s not clear what and waiting on that revelation, all the while watching these two become close again, definitely drove the story. I was invested. Like, couldn’t sit the book down because I needed answers invested. Without getting spoilery, I’ll just say I thought I knew where the story was going and I was wrong. So wrong. And I sobbed like a baby at the reveal.

I loved these characters so much. Macy was a wonderful heroine and I liked her more and more the longer I read. I know I should’ve been skeptical about Elliot because of the allusions to what happened in the past, but I couldn’t. It was so obvious he was still in love with her and would basically die before intentionally hurting her that I couldn’t even side-eye him. He was so thoughtful, sweet and swoony. My heart broke because these two were apart and I desperately hoped they could work it out. (And that Macy wouldn’t end up with Sean, the man she was engaged to at the time.) I thought the “love triangle” aspect was well-written. I never really connected with Sean, but I’m glad he wasn’t demonized in some way to move things forward with Elliot. The way it all went down felt more realistic.

Love and Other Words was a gorgeous book. It was the perfect mix of angsty and romantic, with a little bit of sexy thrown in, too. It pummeled my emotions and left me an utter disaster, but I was happy and content when it was all said and done. While not a traditional romance, it certainly was a beautiful love story.


It never occurred to me that love could be anything other than all-consuming. Even as a child, I knew I never wanted anything less.

“You’re the love of my life. I assumed I would get over you eventually, but seeing you yesterday? I couldn’t go home to someone else and pretend to love her with everything I have.”

“I love you so fucking much. I love you, and I lust you and want you.”

About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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