Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

love and other words

“I never got to fall out of love. I just had to move on.”

5/5 stars


Fiction – Romance

Goodreads Summary

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.


You know how every once in awhile a book comes along and just completely captures your heart? Love and Other Words was that book for me!

This was the first book I’ve read by writing duo Christina Lauren. I’ve had some of their books on my TBR list since earlier this year and just finally got around to reading one. I am SO glad I did! This book was everything I look for in a romance and then some. I was literally sucked into and completely enchanted by Macy and Elliot’s love story. The story switches between Macy and Elliot then and now. We learn about their history—how they met, what shaped their relationship and who they are, and why they lost touch. And in the present, the reader follows along with the rush of emotions as their paths cross again many years later. This love story is gorgeous! It is so real and raw—no sugar coating here. These characters are so easy to love. Even though they are clearly human and make mistakes, they have a deep longing to connect with others and improve themselves.

This is easily one of my absolute favorite reads of 2018! I am anticipating reading a few more Christina Lauren books in 2019 and will report back when I do! 

Author Christina Lauren’s website

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