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- Print Length: 433 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books (April 10, 2018)
- Publication Date: April 10, 2018
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075CRQLKG
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Lauren writes of the bittersweet pangs of love and loss with piercing clarity, and delivers a resoundingly life-affirming tale of what it takes to claw one’s way to necessary healing, both romantically and personally.” (Entertainment Weekly)
"Love and Other Words is a triumph, the kind of book that makes you feel so deeply for the finely drawn characters that you almost forget they’re fictional. You’ll be swept away by the heartbreak, the joy, the chemistry, and the charisma woven through the fabric of Macy’s and Elliot’s star-crossed relationship. As the story unfolds–expertly interweaving the past with the present—you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll root for Macy and Elliot to find their way back to each other against all odds. A true joy from start to finish." (Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amelie )
“A major success. It’s now obvious that anything Christina Lauren writes is worth checking out, even if it’s out of a reader’s comfort zone. I’ve rarely ventured into the genre and wasn’t sure how different it may be from Christina Lauren’s contemporary romance novels. However, I worried for nothing because I was quickly hooked by Love and Other Words... and would happily recommend it to any Christina Lauren fan or readers looking for a sophisticated story of love and loss.” (Hypable)
"Christina Lauren has found a new sweet spot, with heartbreaking and hopeful language that will evoke the whirlwind immediacy of adolescence and the complicated choices of adulthood. Love and Other Words weaves past and present together in an emotional story that will have you declaring your favorite word is LOVE." (Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake )
"Love and Other Words is a beautifully crafted story of friendship and first love, of suffering loss and finding your soulmate. I felt every moment in this book." (Vilma Iris)
"With frank language and patient plotting, this gangly teen crush grows into a confident adult love affair." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Christina Lauren takes a unique look at the evolution of infatuation” (Associated Press)
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First, what I loved: I loved the character development, and the characters themselves. Elliot and Macy were the sweetest friends that turned into more, and I so enjoyed seeing the evolution of their relationship and how it grew and strengthened over time. I just really liked both characters, Elliot especially. I also loved the setting for this story. As someone who also grew up in Northern CA, I was very familiar with all of the main settings (Berkeley, SF, and Healdsburg/the Russian River Valley), so that was a fun aspect of the story for me. I also liked the ending of the story, even though it felt like it took just a little too long to get there, and was slightly rushed once misunderstandings were cleared up.
Now, what I didn't love: In general, I'm really not a fan of books that alternate between the past and present, especially every chapter. I just find this style somewhat distracting and disjointed, because every time you really want to know what happens next, it switches back to a different time. I mean, flashbacks are fine, but alternating tense every chapter was a bit much for me. That said, I also realize how important it was for Christina Lauren to establish Elliot and Macy's friendship, and to SHOW readers how that friendship developed when they were younger... So, I sort of get it, even if I found the style slightly tedious to read. The other thing that bothered me was how Macy hung onto her relationship with Sean for so long. She was clearly not feeling it from the moment she saw Elliot again, and I don't really understand why she settled & stayed with him when he was making her so unhappy, especially when she knew that Elliot was enthusiastically interested & ready to get back together. It just felt like it took a little too long for Macy to leave Sean, and for Elliot & Macy to finally talk and settle their misunderstandings.
Overall, though, I really enjoyed this sweet story of friendship and love. Elliot and Macy are characters that will stick with me.
Through past/present storytelling, Christina Lauren takes the reader on a journey back to Elliot and Masie's past from when they first met through when they fell in love and later fell apart. Eleven years after their breakup, the two meet again and Elliot is just as in love with her as he was as a teenager. But one problem—Masie is engaged.
Christina Lauren almost always writes delicious red-hot chemistry with great banter and dreamy heroes. Those things are present in Love and Other Words. Even though Elliot's character fell into the "too perfect to feel real" category, I still swooned hard over his intelligence, nerdiness, and sweetness. Lauren built up their love story as children so well, showing the reader how these two bookworm nerds fell hard for each other over the course of several years. I loved reading their past love story. In a way, we got a what I like to call a "double love story" because we got to see them fall in love twice. This book made me feel addicted to it because I kept needing to know what happens next. I love it when that happens!
This is Christina Lauren's first foray into women's fiction, so I was curious to see how their writing talents transferred into this new genre for them. My biggest question was how they were going to craft the conflict. In the past, the conflict in some of their stories hasn't been the strongest, which causes the whole story to deflate when it should be exploding.
In an attempt to explain away some of the plot contrivances, Lauren asks the reader to believe a lot. Somehow, Elliot didn't know that Masie's dad had passed away. After being best friends for years and deeply in love, Elliot didn't aggressively attempt to reach out to Masie. On the flip side, Masie didn't want to talk over what she saw with Elliot? I don't buy it. If she was that in love to drive hours to see him that night, that same girl would have been pounding at his door and shoving at his chest screaming, "WHAT THE HELL?!" Neither Elliot nor Masie ever met their mutual friends in nearly six years of friendship, until the night they broke up. Masie was engaged when she sees Elliot again. But it's a little too convenient that her fiancé is not really that in to her and was totally fine with her ending it.
Both characters felt like the same character type we've seen in other Christina Lauren type books. We have the really nerdy sensitive guy and the female professional whose profession didn't really play a part in her character. Though, I did like see Lauren write a story with everyday people, instead of high-powered executives we've seen in the past. With this being billed as women's fiction, I was expecting to see more of an interplay between Masie's profession and her life as well as a more developed emotional arc for Masie's character. Neither of those things really occurred here. To me, this felt like more of a contemporary romance and less like a women's fiction novel. Also, Elliot's life in the present isn't really explored in any detail either. I couldn't even tell you what he does or what he likes (aside from Masie and literature).
I really didn't like that we find out that Elliot had been essentially raped, yet this trauma wasn't explored or dealt with in any way whatsoever. Rather, the focus was on the breakup between him and Masie.
I did enjoy reading their love story as teens and seeing them reconnect in the future. If you're a die hard women's fiction reader, this book may leave you wanting more. But if you like second chance romance, then I'd recommend you give this one a go (with some reservations), especially to meet the adorable Elliot.
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I fell in love with this story immediately - there were no pauses to think and consider whether I liked what I was reading - the book just settled straight into my heart and it felt incredibly right in my soul. I absolutely adored this book, and it isn't one that I'll be forgetting any time soon. In fact, I would go as far to say that it is a book that I will go back to at some point in the very near future. I added a lot of sticky tabs throughout and I genuinely do look forward to going back to them and reading my favourite parts again.
There are some massively important topics covered in this one - and I think they definitely, 100% hit the mark on women's fiction.
I highly recommend this book. It is now one of my favourite stories that has stayed in my thoughts long after I finished reading it.
Centers around 2 Ccharacters who experience lots of firsts together until a silly mistake that changes everything for everyone involved .
fantastic book didnt want it to end.
I really like how it jumps between timelines because you are able to see them fall in love as young adults and then meet again years later and fall for each other once again. You instantly love the main characters and feel really involved in their story.
Overall, a really good romance book and definitely recommend.
Their story is powerful, their love leaves you heartbroken but hopeful at the same time. It is both joy and pain to follow them through their past and present, to learn about them moment by moment.
If could, I would give this book a million stars and I wish I could go back in time and read it again for the first time. “Love and other words” left a deep mark on me and I will be forever grateful to Christina Lauren for sharing it with everyone.
A romance that captures readers' hearts and keeps them glued to the pages. I couldn't help but fall in love with Macy and Elliot. Christina Lauren's writing is so good that the reading went too fast, and, in the end, I wasn't ready to let the story and characters go.
The young Macy and Elliot sound so familiar with their dialogues, their routine, and those fears that brought me back to adolescence.
I always love characters driven story, and I appreciated how the characters here, through their actions, appear so flawed, and realistic. It's so easy to feel connected with them, and I was so thrilled to know more about the events that took them apart for a decade-long silence.
Emotional, funny, and with so much heart, Love and Other Words, is absolutely a book I recommend, and that definitely lives up to the hype for me.
I just have no words. It's beautifully written, the slow-burn between Macy and Elliot is superb, and the characters are delicious. Mix all this with a good amount of angst in the last chapters and I'm sold.
I'll shut up now, because nothing I can say can do justice to this beautiful (and heartbreaking) story.
A first love/second chance story, Macy's loss, friendships, love and self discovery unfolds perfectly through alternating time periods, allowing you to feel that you are right along beside her experiencing the emotional upheaval that is her life. Her relationship with Elliott from teen to adult is romantic, raw and so real that it consumes you while you yearn to see them fix what is broken.
As always, Christina Lauren provides signature characters that are charmingly witty and relatable combined with a beautiful love story - this time framed in a long arduous journey of a woman losing and finding her true self. An emotional must read for all!