Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren – Book Review

Title: Love and Other Words (review copy)

Author: Christina Lauren

Genre/Themes: Romantic Drama, Alternating Time Line. Then and Now, Love, Loss, Friendship, Sweet, Emotional

Blurb from Goodreads

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

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 paediatrics 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 favourite 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.

My Review

Oh my god I love this book.

It was nigh on perfection for me.

I laughed, I cried…

Okay I mostly cried….


But oh…. The cute love story just was a salve to my tired soul.

I loved the alternating timelines that this book used. It was such a clever plot device and incredibly well executed in my opinion.

The book follows the love story of two characters, Macy Sorenson and Elliot Petropoulos, through Macy’s perspective. It starts with them reconnecting as adults in the present who haven’t seen or spoken to each other in eleven years even though as teenagers they were each other’s everything. The book alternates between now and then and weaves the story of how these two characters fell in love, separated and asks if there can be a second chance at happily ever after.

This book was the perfect blend between cute YA (because so many of the chapters were from a teen perspective) and an adult contemporary romance.

Definitely recommended for when you want a sweet and emotional love story.

An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Piatkus, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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22 thoughts on “Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren – Book Review

  1. I TOTALLYY ADOREEEE ALTERNATING TIMELINES! Adds soo much substance to the story! 😍😍❤️ AND although I hadn’t heard of this one before today, I’ll be damned if I don’t check it out asap because I am in a need of a fluffy read!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️👻👻👻👻 LOVEEEEDDDD THIS REVIEWWW EMER!! AS ALWAYSSS! AMAZINGGGGGGG!! ❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍💕💕💕💕

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    1. YES!!! I love alternating timelines too!!!! They just add such interest and dynamism to a story I think and omg this was just soooooo cute… Gave me ALL the feels. Definitely one to check out if you want something romantic to read <33333333333333333 :))))))

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  2. awww this sounds like a cute little perfect read. i’m actually starting to feel better involving romance so i’m going to check this out for sure. great review my love!!

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