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Love and Other Words Paperback – April 10, 2018
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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)
About the Author
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners/besties/soulmates and brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Dating You / Hating You, Roomies, Sublime, The House, and Autoboyography. You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, Facebook.com/ChristinaLaurenBooks, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.
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As fate would have it, this map leads them to a cabin in the small town of Healdsburg and down a path where nothing will ever be the same.
Elliot was the bookish sibling in the large Petropoulos brood. He could always be found hiding in a quite space with a book in his hand. And this is exactly how he meets his new neighbour.
Macy immediately forges a special bond with the lanky boy she discovers reading in her closet. Together they share a love of books, of words and soon, each other.
But life doesn’t always go according to plan. Almost eleven years without her true love has left Macy numb and just barely hanging on. Now that Elliot is back in her life, she’s going to have to decide if she’s willing to place what’s left of her soul back into the hands of the one who shattered it so long ago.
Love and Other Words is a Christina Lauren like we’ve never seen them before. They have somehow become deeper, more tender and far more heartbreakingly honest.
Yes, their signature swoon is still in full force, but it’s tempered with an ever-present undercurrent of sadness that only a great loss can inspire.
The result is a one-of-a-kind reading experience that will have you smiling through tears and believing that love is really worth risking it all…
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 annoying, 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. It felt like it took a bit too long for Macy to leave him, and for Elliot & Macy to finally have their heart to heart 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.
Love and Other Words is one of my favorite reads of 2018 and is now my favorite book by Christina Lauren.
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