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


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

30 review for Love and Other Words

  1. 4 out of 5

    CristiinaReads❀

    ➳A second chance at finding the honest truth but also, discovering the beauty of what friendship does to enhance a new romantic relationship between two soul mates... ➳I don't think there are enough words to describe how soul-soothing amazing the words that Christina Lauren create bring to my life. It's indeed very hard to find a novel that will not only connect with you in an entertainment kind of way, but also emotionally when it comes down to sensible topics such as second chances at findi ➳A second chance at finding the honest truth but also, discovering the beauty of what friendship does to enhance a new romantic relationship between two soul mates... ➳I don't think there are enough words to describe how soul-soothing amazing the words that Christina Lauren create bring to my life. It's indeed very hard to find a novel that will not only connect with you in an entertainment kind of way, but also emotionally when it comes down to sensible topics such as second chances at finding the honesty of the past, family lose, finding a new family for comfort, and also being with the one true person that has showed tenderness, joy, and sadness all in one bundle since the moment you have met. That's who Macy and Elliot are in this flashback of a romance story that fascinate and swoop you off your feet, making you not want to get up from whatever comfortable reading position you read in just so you find out what happens in the next chapter, and the chapter after that, and after that one, and after that one, and so on... ➳This romance novel is not like your any day romance novel that's for sure. With the history that Elliot and Macy have, it is that same reason that makes this novel so worth of being enamored by it in ways that one would not expect. That one mystery that makes you question "what happened to them?" is always there as well, drawing you to the page and their flashbacks. The contentment between Elliot and Macy is there, even after years of not seeing each other, the warmth and recognition is still there. As an advocate of romances with possessive alpha males, love at first sight, strong held friendships that lead to a romantic affair (in the good way), and finding an ending that doesn't lead you to questioning what happens next, I can declare this new CLo book a masterpiece that is no surprise to me will become a hit for many who adore their writing. ➳The emotional side of CLo has one hundred percent shown in this new novel, and to many may enjoy it, but it is indeed a romance that no one should pass along and forget about. It comforts you, it soothes you, it gravitates towards you to continue and enjoy the chemistry that Elliot and Macy have. The messages of the lose, the gain, and the remembrance of family is one that certainly makes you stop and think about what you truly have and the who are the people that surround and care for you. Personally, I have taken my family for granted for so many years, but with the presence of this novel I have succumbed to the realization that family will always be there, through the thick and thin, the enjoyable times and downfall times, and the confusing and understandable times, family will always be there to show us how love truly enhances in an individual. ➳Overall, this fictional romance novel that has gained so much of my respect this year and has become one of my favorites can officially be declared as a unique story that so many should read. Those who are fans of Christina Lauren and for those who are not but still rehash to the romance genre, Love and Other Words is a story filled with unique and unforgettable moments. Thank you to my favorite publishers at Gallery Books for providing an early copy that I will forever take advantage of re-reading over and over again. ➳ARC kindly provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review... ➳Follow Me On: Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Loved Loved Loved!!! This book is pure bliss on so many levels. Not only do we have amazing characters to love, we have amazing characters who love books and words, and their favorite books and favorite words fuel their romance! Love and Other Words is an enthralling read about friendship, first love, and broken hearts. I am not including a summary--just read this book! Oftentimes, I find romance novels tend to not go beyond the surface and are often just formulaic. Love and Other Words is a Loved Loved Loved!!! This book is pure bliss on so many levels. Not only do we have amazing characters to love, we have amazing characters who love books and words, and their favorite books and favorite words fuel their romance! Love and Other Words is an enthralling read about friendship, first love, and broken hearts. I am not including a summary--just read this book! Oftentimes, I find romance novels tend to not go beyond the surface and are often just formulaic. Love and Other Words is a little formulaic, but what makes this so enjoyable is that the characters have depth. While they have their flaws, they are both likable and I loved reading about Elliot and Macy’s friendship and how they came to fall in love. There is also a level of emotional intensity that I was not expecting. While there is a happy ending, there are some unexpected tragedies. I was obsessed while reading this and I had to force myself to put it down! It was a surprisingly good and satisfying escape from the dark thrillers that I normally read. This is the first book by Christina Lauren that I have read and I now plan on reading ALL of their books asap! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    its been said that beautiful things dont ask for attention. and oh, how humbly beautiful this book is. it is also simple, but its an elegant simplicity. the story itself isnt flashy; it doesnt rely on gimmicks or beg for the reader to notice it. it is just a quiet story about boy and a girl who grew up to love each other. a book like this deserves a thousand word review, but all i have to say is how grateful i am that stories like this have been written - stories that create an honest moment of its been said that beautiful things dont ask for attention. and oh, how humbly beautiful this book is. it is also simple, but its an elegant simplicity. the story itself isnt flashy; it doesnt rely on gimmicks or beg for the reader to notice it. it is just a quiet story about boy and a girl who grew up to love each other. a book like this deserves a thousand word review, but all i have to say is how grateful i am that stories like this have been written - stories that create an honest moment of beauty and love - and make the world just a little bit better, just a little bit more lovely. ↠ 5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    What is your favorite word? Love and Other words is a second chance love story told in alternating timelines about two people who met and fell in love while growing up and then re-met eleven years later. Macy and Elliot met during an open house when Macy found Elliot reading a book in a closet. Macy's father purchased this second home for them after his wife (Macy's mother) passed away. Macy and her father would go to their cabin home on weekends and spend their summers there. Since the day they What is your favorite word? Love and Other words is a second chance love story told in alternating timelines about two people who met and fell in love while growing up and then re-met eleven years later. Macy and Elliot met during an open house when Macy found Elliot reading a book in a closet. Macy's father purchased this second home for them after his wife (Macy's mother) passed away. Macy and her father would go to their cabin home on weekends and spend their summers there. Since the day they first met, when she was 13 and he was 14, Macy and Elliot bonded over their love of books and became best friends who fell in love during their teenage years. They could talk about anything and shared a very close bond. Then their relationship ended, and they had not seen or spoken to each other in eleven years. Then the two meet accidentally in a coffee shop, eleven years later. and the spark is still there. There is a complication of course, isn't there always with romance books - and yes, this is a romance book and a coming of age story rolled into one -even if it is classified as something else. I enjoyed this book from the get-go even though it looks as if it took me 5 days to read. I started this book and had to finish other reading obligations but then tore through this one yesterday. This book is very easy to become absorbed in. I literally could not put this book down. I really enjoyed both characters and really rooted for them, wanting desperately to know what tore them apart eleven years ago. Love and other words is an easy fast read which sucked me in. There was a time or two while reading this book that I wanted to shake both characters - one more than the other. I enjoyed reading about their friendship when they were younger where it was evident that both wanted to be more than friends and the reader could see them flirting with the idea and watch them get close then retreat, get close, hint around at it, then retreat, until finally they became a couple and then.... READ THE BOOK! There is a bit of a reveal which I have mixed feelings about. I can't go into detail, so I won’t give any spoilers away, but I thought "you have got to be kidding me" and "seriously, come on". Grrr In some ways this felt cliched but it was successful in making me feel several emotions – just as the characters felt several emotions as well. This is the type of book that can easily be read in one day! It pulls at the heartstrings and delivers! I could feel their friendship, their angst, their chemistry, the love, the heartbreak, the spark, the re-connection. While reading this book I felt as if I were on this emotional journey with Macy and Elliot. Thank you to Simon and Schuster who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Yes, I love it, I love it, I love it! After the frustration of “Twice in a blue moon” and “Honey don’t list”, I finally found a story to fall in love with from one of my favorite author duo! Hell, yeah! Of course “Josh &Hazel’s Guide to not dating” will always be my number book of these writers but at least I found my number two! I loved Macy and Elliot, how grew up together, formed an amazing friendship, their love for the books, their quirkiness and common tastes and how they realized they fell Yes, I love it, I love it, I love it! After the frustration of “Twice in a blue moon” and “Honey don’t list”, I finally found a story to fall in love with from one of my favorite author duo! Hell, yeah! Of course “Josh &Hazel’s Guide to not dating” will always be my number book of these writers but at least I found my number two! I loved Macy and Elliot, how grew up together, formed an amazing friendship, their love for the books, their quirkiness and common tastes and how they realized they fell for each other. But at the very same night, when Elliot comes clean about his feelings, everything turns into something messy and Macy’s heart gets broken. They never see each other for 11 years. I kept screaming and wanted to know why the reason Macy got so much hurt. (I hardly to restraint myself not to skip now and then part and read the end of the story to learn more!) Macy suffers a lot and tries to gather her broken pieces, starting a new life in San Francisco, she becomes a pediatric critical care resident and she’s engaged with an older but trustworthy, caring man who has a young daughter. She seems fine and she’s coped well. But when she sees Elliot at the cafeteria close to her hospital, her past slaps her one more time that she realizes that she’s not over him. What happened that night? Why two people who are crazy in love ruined everything? Why any of them tried to make things right? And now, what’s gonna happen? Will Macy forgive Elliot and learn to trust him again? Will Elliot do something to take this girl back? Macy knows he is her destiny, he is her person. She didn’t love anybody even her fiancée as much as she loved him! Oh boy! This book is so emotional, sweet and also sad, heartbreaking! My emotions are everywhere and I cannot blame any of these characters. They are not flawless. They made big mistakes and both of them are equally guilty for ruining the special relation they had. I both love them so much and I hurt for them and I ache for their painful 11 years. And the revelation part was nice touch. This was angsty but also touchy, lovely story. I’m so thankful after so long I’m giving full 5 stars for this power duo’s wonderful book and so happy to read good romance. (I feel like I waited for decades.) 2019 was so frustrating year for my romance reads ( Well met, Get a life Chloe Brown and Regretting You are best books.) And it’s too early to say something about this year so for my romance craving, I started to read relatively old and recommended books from my pile for being better safe then sorry. And thankfully I’m not sorry right now! I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Farrah (on a short hiatus!)

    Very sweet! 🤍 It's comforting to know that I can turn to a Christina Lauren book when I need to get out from under the weight of a previous upsetting read. Very sweet! 🤍 It's comforting to know that I can turn to a Christina Lauren book when I need to get out from under the weight of a previous upsetting read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    4.5 absolutely Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5 I loved loved loved every single word of this book.... Christina Lauren absolutely hit a homerun with this book.... A book I couldn’t put down filled with characters I absolutely adored and was rooting for.... This is a second chance love story....Elliot and Macy were one another’s first love.... The story is told in alternating time periods between their teenage years and 11 years later when they are reunited.... Macy and Elliot started out as friends bondin 4.5 absolutely Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5 I loved loved loved every single word of this book.... Christina Lauren absolutely hit a homerun with this book.... A book I couldn’t put down filled with characters I absolutely adored and was rooting for.... This is a second chance love story....Elliot and Macy were one another’s first love.... The story is told in alternating time periods between their teenage years and 11 years later when they are reunited.... Macy and Elliot started out as friends bonding over a love of books and words.... Their friends to lovers story develops so sweetly and slowly and perfectly.... I just could not possibly figure out what could have torn these two apart.... 11 years later and Macy and Elliot run into each other at a coffee shop.... The connection is still there, but are Macy’s walls too high and too thick to be broken down? What happened to break these two up in the first place? What tragedy and secret has been haunting Macey for all these years? Well you’re going to need to read this book to find out! And I strongly encourage you to do so..... this book has all the feels and leaves you with a huge smile on your face.... Trust me my non romance loving friends even you will be entranced by this book.... and your eyes will not roll I promise.... it is almost impossible not to fall in love with Elliot and Macy and this remarkable love story.... Favoriteword.... YOU💕 *** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

  8. 4 out of 5

    KAS

    5 ”When we love, we love for good.” Stars!! Anyone remember the commercial from back in the day “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.”?? Well one of my best buds, Robin Hill, is my E. F. Hutton. When she recommends a book, I listen! LOL. ;) Honest to goodness, she is never wrong!! So, of course, she recommended I read this book, and viola, I LOVED IT!! And yes, of course, I went in blind. But I will admit, I thought it was going to be another romantic comedy, as I just finished reading “Josh an 5 ”When we love, we love for good.” Stars!! Anyone remember the commercial from back in the day “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.”?? Well one of my best buds, Robin Hill, is my E. F. Hutton. When she recommends a book, I listen! LOL. ;) Honest to goodness, she is never wrong!! So, of course, she recommended I read this book, and viola, I LOVED IT!! And yes, of course, I went in blind. But I will admit, I thought it was going to be another romantic comedy, as I just finished reading “Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating.” Boy, was I wrong on that assumption. Plenty of romance, sans comedy. Once again this author duo has hit it out of the park! From the first page to the last, I was dialed in and mesmerized.   ”I called you,” he says. “Like a million times. And then that number changed.”  ”Elliot,” I say pushing past the clog in my throat at the feel of his name there, “I’m sorry. I really have to run. I need to be at work soon.”  He bends so that he’s level with my face. “Are you kidding?” His eyes go wide. “I can’t just run into you at Saul’s and be like ‘Hey, Macy, what’s up, and then you go to work, and I go to work, and we don’t talk for another ten f...ing years.” This is an endearing and captivating second chance romance, and is the love story of Elliot and Macy, who have had no contact in eleven years. I really enjoyed how it is told in the ‘now and then’ format, which works incredibly well. I also found it a strange coincidence that I started this book on New Year’s Eve and finished it on New Year’s Day. There is much significance in those dates. Attempting to be your E.F. Hutton, I recommend you pick this one up ... and hope you will listen ;)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    i just finished this and it's 2 a.m. and i cried significantly for some reason this book made it to the list of books i've owned the longest that I haven't yet read. I think it's because I heard that it's not CL's best work and it's more character-based than smutty, but this still flew by and as mentioned, it made me weep by the end. it's been so long since i've read a good romance book that im just out here mourning my lack of an elliot. i just finished this and it's 2 a.m. and i cried significantly for some reason this book made it to the list of books i've owned the longest that I haven't yet read. I think it's because I heard that it's not CL's best work and it's more character-based than smutty, but this still flew by and as mentioned, it made me weep by the end. it's been so long since i've read a good romance book that im just out here mourning my lack of an elliot.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Drey

    4.25 Stars! ... A timeless love telltale. I like to read romance stories because of these books. The one that you have no other choice but to say, "I have no other words. I just loved it!" Note: This is a friends to lovers, second chance romance. Love and Other Words is an inspiration. It didn't handle some major themes like most of the second chances I've read. But I so much loved it. I deeply felt every emotion the story wants to convey. This book has the power to move. Absolutely impactful. 4.25 Stars! ... A timeless love telltale. I like to read romance stories because of these books. The one that you have no other choice but to say, "I have no other words. I just loved it!" Note: This is a friends to lovers, second chance romance. Love and Other Words is an inspiration. It didn't handle some major themes like most of the second chances I've read. But I so much loved it. I deeply felt every emotion the story wants to convey. This book has the power to move. Absolutely impactful. The story was told in the past and present time. Macy and her dad moved in to their weekend house in Healdsburg, California. Macy's mom has just died and it's her father's way to somehow heal their broken hearts. In this place, she met Elliot. The nerdy, skinny boy next door. For almost 8 years, they made happy memories together, became bestfriends, and fell in love. “We were each other’s first love, first sex, first everything." Until one night. That turned the perfect world they've created upside down. — the past. Elliot finally met Macy after she disappeared 11 years ago. Elliot wanted a second chance. But, Macy was already engaged. Was it too late for Elliot to ask for another chance? For an explanation? For forgiveness? Was their love for each other not enough? — the present I liked the connection of the then and now. It made me love the story more. Its like reminiscing the memories of the past and hoping for something more memorable that they could build in the future. I loved the setting. In the closet, where they step-by-step understood and experienced, not only the countless books they've shared, but how real friendship and love works. They've established something huge that was long-lasting. "I love you so fucking much. I love you, and I lust you and want you. I love you as the person I want to be with forever." All right. This was an easy read, but I highly encouraged you to give this a chance. If you love a bookish and devoted hero like Elliot, this book was absolutely written for you. @alluring b I want to thank you for sharing this book with me. Now I know why this one is your ultimate fave book. Perfect choice! What's my favourite word? Re​cher​ché.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Teodora

    3.5/5 ⭐ Okay, that rating means that I am kind of pleased with the outcome of this book. Honesty time: I couldn't sleep last night so I decided to read this book until I fall asleep. Three hours later, I finished the book and forgot all about the fact that I was, in fact, supposed to sleep. I don't regret it though, I quite enjoyed my read! The general atmosphere of the book was really nice. I liked many aspects of it that I will highlight below for you. First of all, I liked how this was typical Ch 3.5/5 ⭐ Okay, that rating means that I am kind of pleased with the outcome of this book. Honesty time: I couldn't sleep last night so I decided to read this book until I fall asleep. Three hours later, I finished the book and forgot all about the fact that I was, in fact, supposed to sleep. I don't regret it though, I quite enjoyed my read! The general atmosphere of the book was really nice. I liked many aspects of it that I will highlight below for you. First of all, I liked how this was typical Christina Lauren and the characters were of mixed nationalities - here we have Macy who is half-Danish, half-Brazilian and Elliot who is of Greek origin. This multicultural, mixed-cultural aspect is something I always like about those stories. Second, there was this 'now and then' placement of the action. The chapters alternate between 'then' when the two first met - when they were children - and also, 'now' when they meet again, eleven years later. Even though this might sound a bit confusing, it's not. The sweetness of their falling in love the first is real and simple. And the good part - they got to fall in love a second time too! Of course, there were parts that annoyed me because of slight inaccuracies and some details that I wasn't 100% agreeing with because they were little mistakes and inconsistencies, but that wasn't something to bother me to no ends. Also, their abrupt breakup that led to their second falling in love was due to a misunderstanding (that I didn't quite buy) but anyway, some circumstances might be understood and forgiven as they are. Just move on. The third thing that I really loved about this book was those two characters' love for words. They both became friends through their love for books and words and knowledge, which shows how sweetly bookish love can be. I loved them both when they shared their books with each other, when they met up to read together, when they shared their favourite words with each other. There was something beautiful about falling in love through books. It was honestly such a sweet read, I am really glad I picked it up! (Book-styled)

  12. 4 out of 5

    alluringB

    "𝑳𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆." 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒅 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒊𝒕: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏. 1𝐬𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝, 10.12.2018 : 4.75🌟 𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝, 2019 : 4.75🌟 𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝, 2019 : 5+🌟 𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝, 2020 : 5+🌟 𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝, 2020 : 5 ⭐️ before i start with the review, i just want make something clear— i breathe, eat, sneeze, sleep, and shit for this book so i’m here to warn you that i will deadass come for you if i see any *hate* specifically on Elliot and Macey. hahaha i’m kidding! ⁿᵒᵗ ⚠︎︎ i strongly discourage any of you to pick this up IF "𝑳𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆." 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒐 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒅 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒊𝒕: 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏𝒇𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏. 1𝐬𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝, 10.12.2018 : 4.75🌟 𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝, 2019 : 4.75🌟 𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝, 2019 : 5+🌟 𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝, 2020 : 5+🌟 𝐑𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝, 2020 : 5 ⭐️ before i start with the review, i just want make something clear— i breathe, eat, sneeze, sleep, and shit for this book so i’m here to warn you that i will deadass come for you if i see any *hate* specifically on Elliot and Macey. hahaha i’m kidding! ⁿᵒᵗ ⚠︎︎ i strongly discourage any of you to pick this up IF you don’t fancy an easy simple sweet romance that includes second chance and friends to lovers tropes!! bc i will pretend to not see any ratings below 3 stars and continue with my day goodbYEE 😑 yes i staN haRD ********** on to the review~ Have you ever loved a book so freaking much with your whole entire heart that you sometimes hesitate to mention or recommend that book to anyone because the possible of them hating it somehow personally hurts or the thought of them loving it spurs jealousy deep inside of you? (yea petty af, i know. might even change my username to PettyB’tty) —that’s LaOW for me. 𝗦𝗨𝗠𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗬༄⁂ This warm love story begins with Macey’s (h) dad getting a summer house that is neighbored beside Elliot’s (H) and from there they both start to form a heartfelt friendship and a profound bond through books and words. Over the years of weekends spending inside a closet, their sacred haven, one day an irreversible tragedy causes Macey to disappear on Elliot and leave him and their relationship at lost for 11 years. Since then, fate leads them back to each other to restore their faith in love and Macey is finally forced to acknowledge the past and give closure to Elliot’s decade of agony. *The book is told in alternating time lines between then and now. ꧁ 𝗧𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛𝗧𝗦 ꧂ I’m just gonna give you guys my shitty summarized thoughts bc yall already know how i feel about this book and plus, i don’t want to give away too much so you guys can just enjoy the cute, emotional ride. Words can never explain how much i cherish the characters in this book and adore the relationship that Elliot and Macey have. The bond they've created together is so deep, genuine, innocent and all-consuming that i'm always in awe whenever i do a reread. At this point, no one can understand how desperate i am to have what they have✊🏻😞 ❥ Elliot was, is and will forever be my top-tier fictional husband. periodt. Attentive, considerate, emotionally mature and a hot word nerd? Fuck yes. "𝑾𝒉𝒚 𝒄𝒂𝒏’𝒕 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒃𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖?" "𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒃𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒐𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒔 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒊𝒔." me @ Elliot: "𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑 𝒎𝒆," 𝑰 𝒕𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒉𝒊𝒎. 𝑯𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒊𝒎𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒈𝒍𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒔, 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒔 𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒔𝒆𝒅. "𝑰 𝒅𝒐." 𝑰 𝒈𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒅. "𝑶𝒓 𝒃𝒆 𝒎𝒚 𝒔𝒍𝒂𝒗𝒆." "𝑰 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅." 𝑯𝒆 𝒄𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌, 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒆𝒍𝒃𝒐𝒘𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒔. "𝑰 𝒂𝒎." The devotion and adoration Elliot has for Macey is honestly so beautiful that it evokes jealousy and frustration inside me bc i realize now that there is zero to no chance for me to ever come across a man like Elliot Petropoulos on this earth. And that’s some sad shit, man ❥ Macey’s a sweetheart through and through. The deep loss she endured as a child breaks my heart and i’m so glad that Elliot is her Godsend. Not to forget the pain she went through after leaving Elliot 🥺 i’ll forever stan a chick like her with all that i have. "𝑰 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒈𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆. 𝑰 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒐𝒏." me @ Macey: ❥ The Petropoulos family is my dream family. They're so wholesome that my long abandoned heart aches. Don't come for them too bc I’m always ready to protecc and attacc for them (catch my hands, i dare you) *Look, read it or don’t read it, thats up to you. I’m just here to leave a review for the most perfectly soft and sweet book to ever exist in my petty life 🥺 ♥️* ———xxx———xxx——— ⚠️ SPOILERS ⚠️ *for real, don’t cross this section if you haven’t read this and are interested to pick this up someday bc this section will discuss the last 15% which involves the ‘reveal’ of the book. As you can see at the top of this review, i originally rated this 4.75 stars because like others, i was unsatisfied with how the book ended. it felt rushed and too convenient. I’ve seen some reviews saying that Macey shouldn’t have forgiven him but honestly, all i felt was that Elliot should’ve needed more time to digest the reason why she left him all those years ago. Bc technically, he is the initial reason to why Macy’s dad got into an accident in the first place and died. But at the same time, it’s not entirely his fault. I totally 💯% understand why Macey left him with a long-decade silence bc by the time she realized that he deserves a chance to explain himself and that the ‘cheating’ thing was small compared to the accident, she didn’t know how to reach out to him and was afraid to face the past that wounded her deeply. "I wasn’t thinking clearly—after—I wasn’t able to separate—you. And it." Ok now, did Elliot really cheat on her? I guess that depends on ones perspective of the situation. Personally, i don’t think so bc he was shitface drunk with disappointment that Macey didn’t give an assuring response to his proposal and didn’t say she loved him back. He already explained that he thought that Emma was her when he slept with Emma (sounds shitty, i know but if you reaLLY know Elliot and where his mind and heart is solely at, you’d believe him too bc he. would. never . my KING? cheating?! nu'uh, never! ' "I was so drunk, Mace. I remember touching your hair, talking to you, encouraging. And when I look back, I still see your face when she climbed on me." ....I remembered what Brandon started to say, something about how Elliot wouldn’t. ' EDIT❗️: A wonderful friend of mine here on GR, Julia have pointed out something really important on this 'cheating' matter and i feel like it's important for others to understand this and see the logic from this perspective because Elliot did not cheat. Instead, he was taken advantage of by Emma when he was vulnerable and not sober. Can you imagine if roles were reversed and it was Macey who was in his position? Do you think it'd be fair to say that she cheated on Elliot? Would you say she 'cheated' if she were so drunk and got approached by a guy who manipulated her into thinking that he's her boyfriend, then proceeded to take full advantage of her? Think about it. Just bc Eliot's a dude doesn't mean he's any less of a victim in this situation. Anyway~ On my 2nd reread, i read the book following its timeline chronologically; starting with all the ‘Then’ chapters first and then moved to the ‘Now’ chapters. Ergo the 5+ stars. Rereading it this way really helped me to understand why Christina Lauren wrote the ‘reveal’ scene and left the ending the way that they did. I was able to feel the 11 years of lost time and detachment when they bumped into each other at the cafe— The decade of silence suddenly became deafening, the buried disappointments and sadness immediately felt heavier. Only then was I able to understand more on how Elliot was able move on from the past without holding any grudges against Macey for the lost time and welcomed her back into his life with opened arms. It also helped me to separate the overload cuteness from the ‘Then’ chapters and the ‘Now’ chapters which are more focused on regrets and longing. So i'd highly recommend any of you to reread this following its timeline chronologically. ***************************** EDIT (24/12) since i’m too young, dumb and broke~ to treat myself on my birthday 🤠 i know one thing that can leave me beaming and heart swelling for the entire freaking day—rereading my ultimate fave book of ALL. TIME.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    One of my favourite reads this year. This book consumed me. I wasn't sure what to expect going into this. All I wanted was to read a story written by Christina Lauren. This is not your typical lighthearted novel that we are used to and this duo tends to write. It deals with loss and grief, first love and heartbreak and how much these things can break you down. It got too much to read at times and had to come up for air and slow down. It was written so well, with so much heart and the story flowed One of my favourite reads this year. This book consumed me. I wasn't sure what to expect going into this. All I wanted was to read a story written by Christina Lauren. This is not your typical lighthearted novel that we are used to and this duo tends to write. It deals with loss and grief, first love and heartbreak and how much these things can break you down. It got too much to read at times and had to come up for air and slow down. It was written so well, with so much heart and the story flowed beautifully. I'm at loss for words really. I don't know how I can describe the impact it has had on me. I know it will stay with me for a while and I hope Christina Lauren never stop writing. ------------------ Always in need of some Christina Lauren. He’s into books. She’s into books. They’re going to be into books together.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    I really really really really liked this one, slow burn and all! Although I will say there was a point where I felt like the love interest was forgiven WAY too easily for something that I personally would never have gotten over, but it was still really good. Christina Lauren are back to being autobuy authors for me!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

    *****4.5 STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Publisher} I give myself three more seconds to look at him, and it’s like another punch to the gut. He’s my person. He’s always been my person. My best friend, my confidant, probably the love of my life. And I’ve spent the last eleven years being angry and self-righteous. But at the end of the day, he tore a hole in us, and fate ripped it wide open. LOVE AND OTHER WORDS is by far, different from any of the previous books I have read by Christina Laure *****4.5 STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Publisher} I give myself three more seconds to look at him, and it’s like another punch to the gut. He’s my person. He’s always been my person. My best friend, my confidant, probably the love of my life. And I’ve spent the last eleven years being angry and self-righteous. But at the end of the day, he tore a hole in us, and fate ripped it wide open. LOVE AND OTHER WORDS is by far, different from any of the previous books I have read by Christina Lauren. I was expecting a funny and equally sexy romantic comedy but what I got was a slow building story of first love, lost love, deep sorrow, and ultimately a second chance at a once in a lifetime kind of love. I really didn’t know how to feel about this book. The first half, for me, was too slow. We get the entire story told in the Heroine’s, POV, and at times I wished that we could get inside the Hero’s head. The traveling from past to present helped to depict the depth of the feelings the main characters had for each other. Their shared connection through their mutual love of books made the story so painfully sweet. I’m not the biggest fan of the ”slow build”, but for authors I love, I will persevere and I’m so glad that I did because, by the time I got halfway through this one, I fell so hopelessly in love! This is a ”wait for it” type of story. It sneaks up on you slowly and then before you know it, you will have tears streaming down your cheeks and be overcome by overwhelming emotions!! Macy and Elliot met when they were around twelve. After Macy’s mother passed away, she and her father were beyond grief-stricken, but her mother left a journal of instructions for her father to follow in order to help him raise and care for their beloved daughter. Her mother asked that if it looked like life was getting Macy down, that her father needed to take her somewhere to get her mind off of her sorrows and bring back the light of happiness in her eyes. So Macy’s dad buys a summer home about an hour’s drive away from San Francisco, and it’s during her first walk through her bedroom that she meets a boy with dark curly hair and soulful hazel eyes hanging out in her walk-in closet, engrossed in a book. The two hit it off from day one and over the next several years they become the best of friends. Always waiting underneath the surface are feelings deeper than friendship and no matter how badly Macy wants to move to the next level past ”friends”, her fear of things going wrong and losing Elliot forever, keep the two from becoming more. Elliot wants to be more so desperately but is ever the patient friend because he too couldn’t imagine his life without Macy in it. Then something happens that tears them apart and eleven years go by before they come face to face again. Macy and Elliot are almost thirty and it would seem that in all the time they’ve spent apart, neither have really been living their lives. They’ve been merely existing. Macy is a pediatric surgeon in her first year of residency. She’s engaged to a forty-two-year-old single father who she has at best, lukewarm feelings for. You will feel like shaking her when you realize that she seems to be content with a relationship that she could live with or without just as easily. The minute she and Elliot run into each other it’s like she's waking up from an eleven-year coma. And it’s the same for Elliot too. I wanted them to go back to what they had but the wall made up of pain and incredible hurt still seems to exist between them. I was dying to find out what had happened all those years ago to cause such a terrible rift and still had such a hold on the two of them. When everything is revealed, my heart split wide open and I had tears streaming down my face. What an emotional rollercoaster that I never expected to ride while reading a Christina Lauren book!! These two can write gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, and emotionally gripping stories just as amazing as their romantic comedies! I am a fan for life! Here are my overall ratings: Hero: 5 Heroine: 4.5 Plot: 5 Angst: 4.5 Steam: 4 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5 LOVE AND OTHER WORDS releases on April 10th!! I HIGHLY recommend it! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GGrxkg iBooks: https://apple.co/2q465P1

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog

    5 stars! Review at Of Pens and Pages. Christina Lauren packed quite a punch with Love and Other Words. I was a complete mess when I finished it! My heart hurt, my eyes were red, and it took me a really long time to articulate my thoughts about everything I've read. I finished this in one sitting, and was just about wrecked when I read the last line. As I've said, this author duo sure knows how to pack a punch. Alternating between the past and present, Love and Other Words tells the story of Macy So 5 stars! Review at Of Pens and Pages. Christina Lauren packed quite a punch with Love and Other Words. I was a complete mess when I finished it! My heart hurt, my eyes were red, and it took me a really long time to articulate my thoughts about everything I've read. I finished this in one sitting, and was just about wrecked when I read the last line. As I've said, this author duo sure knows how to pack a punch. Alternating between the past and present, Love and Other Words tells the story of Macy Sorensen and Elliot Petropoulos, two people who have found solace in a closet, and a bond through their love of words and books. Friendship blooms, and as summers pass, so does love. But love doesn't always work the way they want, and in the end, their story ends in heartache. Eleven years later, now a pediatric resident, Macy thinks her life is where she wants it to be—a good job, a decent man, an uneventful life. But it all comes crashing down when she and Elliot cross paths once again. Elliot is not letting this chance slip through his fingers. Macy has always been in his heart; his feelings are just as strong, just as intense. He wants to know what happened, and he wants a second chance. Do you think about me?" I asked. Now that he'd raised it, the question gnawed at me. "Sometimes it feels like I think about you every minute," he whispered. This book will reel you in with the beauty of first love, the mystery of Macy and Elliot's fallout, and anticipation and hope for their second chance. Just when you're floating on air from reading Macy and Elliot's growing friendship and blooming love, you get punched in the gut and your heart is wrenched out of your body. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions in beautiful prose, let me tell you. It was so heartwarming to see Macy and Elliot grow up together and become closer each day. Their past was the sweetest, one where you can't control the smile on your face when you think about it. They're friends, but so much more. These two people understood each other, empathized with one another, and stood by each other when they were young. I was fully invested in them and wanted to know what happened to make Macy leave. Aside from Macy and Elliot's relationship, we see different dynamics in the story—Macy and her mother through her mother's letters, Macy and her father, Elliot and his family. Those relationships are what made Macy and Elliot who they are as people. Christina Lauren made wonderful characters, people I adore. Since the story was told in Macy's POV, we get an intimate view of her thoughts and feelings. I adore Macy and admire her for her strength and resilience. Getting inside her head was an emotional experience, but it was one I would never regret. In this story, while I loved Elliot, I loved Macy even more. This book is unlike any of Christina Lauren's works, but sometimes different does not mean it's a bad thing. This book is poignant and unforgettable, and will tug on one's heartstrings. Love and Other Words is a coming of age story of love and loss, forgiving and moving on, and of family, friends, and soulmates. It's a story of coming home. Tropes: Childhood Friends, Friends to Lovers, Neighbors, Second Chance POV: First Person, Female POV Standalone: Yes *ARC received in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    Limerence = The state of being infatuated with another person My question ——- what is it called when someone is infatuated with a book? I’m keeping this review short and sweet. Read this book. Don’t pass it by, grab it and read it. I hands down recommend this one. It’s 100% sweet, it owns you and holy crap did it control my time, I couldn’t read fast enough. My heart, it was left on the last page of this book. I am so completely and utterly in love with this book. It captured my heart and i Limerence = The state of being infatuated with another person My question ——- what is it called when someone is infatuated with a book? I’m keeping this review short and sweet. Read this book. Don’t pass it by, grab it and read it. I hands down recommend this one. It’s 100% sweet, it owns you and holy crap did it control my time, I couldn’t read fast enough. My heart, it was left on the last page of this book. I am so completely and utterly in love with this book. It captured my heart and it did not let it go. Simply beautiful. Absolutely captivating. And yes, I am in complete limerence. Elliot & Macy will always hold a special place for me. And dammit, give me more🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻. I want to see more of Elliot and Macy’s HEA

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    Yikes.... I guess I'm in the minority here with my opinion, but I did not enjoy this one. If you know me, you know I LOVE Christina Lauren, I consider them one of my favorite authors, but this book was just so meh. This is their first "women's fiction" novel, even though I don't know how this is different from a new adult romance. This story follows Macy and Elliot, who met when they were kids. The story alternates chapters between when they were kids and now, years later when they are both adult Yikes.... I guess I'm in the minority here with my opinion, but I did not enjoy this one. If you know me, you know I LOVE Christina Lauren, I consider them one of my favorite authors, but this book was just so meh. This is their first "women's fiction" novel, even though I don't know how this is different from a new adult romance. This story follows Macy and Elliot, who met when they were kids. The story alternates chapters between when they were kids and now, years later when they are both adults. Macy's Mom died when she was a kid, and her Dad got them a "getaway" house at the lake, and they moved in next door to Elliot's family. This house has a special closet that's like a mini-library and they spend most of their summers and weekends reading in there together. In the present chapters, Macy and Elliot haven't spoken in years and now Macy is a nurse and she is engaged to this guy who has a daughter that she's only known for six months. Macy runs into Elliot randomly again and she gets blasted with feelings for Elliot and questions whether she really wants to marry Sean. I think my main problem with this book is that I didn't like Macy or Elliot as characters. They were both impulsive and annoying, and irritating to read about. I liked their reading closet and how they both loved books, but that's literally the only thing I liked about this story. They spent most of their teenage years talking about kissing and sex and masturbating and 'omg who are you dating?' and 'do you have a girlfriend?' and 'omg why aren't we together???' and I just got annoyed really fast. And then don't even get me started on the adult Macy and Elliot. I know I wasn't going to like this book from the moment (view spoiler)[Elliot just decided to dump his girlfriend after talking to Macy again for only a few minutes! Like are you for real??? That's ridiculous. (hide spoiler)] Elliot in general just bothered me and I couldn't figure out exactly why. Their romance was so bland and forgettable. I still love Christina Lauren, and I'm still going to read everything they publish in the future, but this book was a major disappointment.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    This... is an emotional book. I'm still not sure what to do with myself. I feel like I've had my heart torn from my chest. It's been a long time since I've actually shed tears over a book, but this did it. I didn't expect it, either. I think that made it worse. In short, Elliot and Macy were childhood best friends. As they grew up, their slow burn head-over-heels love story was inevitable. Except, something happens (we aren't told what until the end) that breaks them apart, causing Macy to quite This... is an emotional book. I'm still not sure what to do with myself. I feel like I've had my heart torn from my chest. It's been a long time since I've actually shed tears over a book, but this did it. I didn't expect it, either. I think that made it worse. In short, Elliot and Macy were childhood best friends. As they grew up, their slow burn head-over-heels love story was inevitable. Except, something happens (we aren't told what until the end) that breaks them apart, causing Macy to quite literally RUN from Elliot and start a new life elsewhere. The book starts when Macy runs into Elliot ten years later. Elliot has no idea why she ran. In his eyes, Macy broke his heart, and dropped off the planet. As they slowly reconnect, the book splits between past and present, walking us through their original love story and the current one, leading up to the moment that broke them. I almost want to give a trigger warning because what happens really hit me hard - but it would be a major spoiler. If anyone is concerned, feel free to message me (I'm a bit slow with messages but I'll do my best to keep up.) I loved the book, and I fell hard for Macy and Elliot. The story is so sweet and emotional, and I'm still recovering. The only thing that struck me odd was the plot resembled a book called "Him" (I can't think of the author at the moment). Both follow best friends to lovers that got broken up, only to rekindle at a wedding years later after being torn apart by a 'mystery event'. I felt like I was reading the same book, although I'll admit, this one was better and much more emotional and the 'event' literally ripped my heart out. I'm not accusing the authors of copying though - I'm sure its a common storyline - but it just felt super close to me. Also, quick note: for all of you posting pictures of the characters in your review, please stop whitewashing the main character (Macy). My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Irina

    " Favorite word? he whispers. I don't even hesitate: You. " I always was a sucker for romance but latetly I couldn't find a story worth reading until i came upon this book. I absolutely loved it. The romance between the main characters was so cute, real and swoonworthy. I loved to see how their relationship developed trough out the years and the obstacles that they had to go through to be together in the end. If you love and epic love story this is the perfect book to read. " Favorite word? he whispers. I don't even hesitate: You. " I always was a sucker for romance but latetly I couldn't find a story worth reading until i came upon this book. I absolutely loved it. The romance between the main characters was so cute, real and swoonworthy. I loved to see how their relationship developed trough out the years and the obstacles that they had to go through to be together in the end. If you love and epic love story this is the perfect book to read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    The Kind of Love You Desperately Want to BELIEVE In. Best Friends. The Love of Each Other’s Lives. The moment Macy Sorensen runs into her first love Elliot, every moment of their relationship flashes before her eyes and all of those old feelings come rushing back. It doesn’t matter that she’s now engaged to be married. No one compares to Elliot. Even though it’s been eleven years, for Elliot, Macy has always been the one. The moment he lays eyes on her, everything changes and he knows that his The Kind of Love You Desperately Want to BELIEVE In. Best Friends. The Love of Each Other’s Lives. The moment Macy Sorensen runs into her first love Elliot, every moment of their relationship flashes before her eyes and all of those old feelings come rushing back. It doesn’t matter that she’s now engaged to be married. No one compares to Elliot. Even though it’s been eleven years, for Elliot, Macy has always been the one. The moment he lays eyes on her, everything changes and he knows that his life will never be the same. Told in alternating timelines of the past and the present, we see the friendship between Macy and Elliot blossom into everlasting love. A love neither could let go of, regardless of what tore them apart or where life took them thereafter. Devastating, Heartbreaking, Intense, Inspiring. “Love and Other Words” is a storybook romance filled with heartache, loss and love. While this book may only be fiction, it sure makes you wish dreams actually came true. This was a fantastic buddy read with Ms. Kaceey that we both loved! In addition, “Love and Other Words” by Christina Lauren made it onto my Goodreads Best-of-List for 2020 as my final favorite read of last year. Published on Goodreads on 1.2.2021. Review to be published on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Merphy Napier

    maybe 3.75? This was one of the best romances I've ever read. Friend's to lovers is my fav trope in this genre, and these characters were so sweet. Watching their story unfold in the "then" and "now" was so engaging that I couldn't put the book down. I want to reread this book soon because their stories are good. But. I didn't like the ending. It really left a sour taste in my mouth. There were parts that really connected with me and broke my heart (view spoiler)[ the car crash and watching her d maybe 3.75? This was one of the best romances I've ever read. Friend's to lovers is my fav trope in this genre, and these characters were so sweet. Watching their story unfold in the "then" and "now" was so engaging that I couldn't put the book down. I want to reread this book soon because their stories are good. But. I didn't like the ending. It really left a sour taste in my mouth. There were parts that really connected with me and broke my heart (view spoiler)[ the car crash and watching her dad die (hide spoiler)] . But there were other parts that just didn't fit to me. Here we go. (view spoiler)[ Here's the thing, Elliot and Macey were so cautious, so careful, so patient, and so so so in love. It was a tender love - one that they held in their hands like a baby bird. You're telling me that five mins into their relationship, Elliot is getting drunk and putting Macy in a very uncomfortable situation, then getting mad and getting so black out drunk that he sleeps with someone else (thinking it's her apparently but... idk seems fake)? Honestly, it felt like the authors wanted so badly to have a big blow up to justify the characters not seeing each other for so long, that they forced Macy and Elliot into these actions that didn't fit the characters. Nothing they did seemed to fit the characters (as individuals or as a couple) that had been built up for the entire book. I would have preferred if one of them had to move away and they lost touch somehow but always hung on to how perfect they fit together or something. We didn't need some massive blow out that included cheating. Idk, it felt forced and gimmicky. Still one of the best romances I've ever read. I'm just gonna try to forget the ending happened like that (hide spoiler)]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 stars It’s been about two weeks since I finished reading this book and I am still having trouble wrapping my mind about how I feel about it. First off I wanted to address the genre label it’s been given of “women’s fiction”. No. Just no. This was a romance through and through. Maybe those in charge want to market CL to a new audience and that’s fine, but I’ve had friends who’ve told me they love these authors but don’t want to read this book because it’s women’s fiction. Ladies, you have noth 4 stars It’s been about two weeks since I finished reading this book and I am still having trouble wrapping my mind about how I feel about it. First off I wanted to address the genre label it’s been given of “women’s fiction”. No. Just no. This was a romance through and through. Maybe those in charge want to market CL to a new audience and that’s fine, but I’ve had friends who’ve told me they love these authors but don’t want to read this book because it’s women’s fiction. Ladies, you have nothing to fear! Ignore the label and read on! From the moment I opened up this book, I was in love with it. This was a stay up until 4 am (yes, you read that right. FOUR FRIGGIN AM) and sob your guts out kind of book. It’s so beyond compelling, I couldn’t put the damn kindle down! Second chance romance is my trope, I’ll read anything with that label. Christina Lauren did a wonderful job with it, I fell in love with Macy and Elliott and felt the ups and downs of their relationship, from the past when they fell in love as teens to the present day when they reconnect. This was a 5 star read for me…… up until the very end. I cannot say exactly what happened as it gives away spoilers, and I do not give away spoilers. I will just say something happened that felt so completely out of character for one of the characters, and it really didn’t settle right. So much so that two weeks later I still have massive issues with it, even though it didn’t bother other people (and I would know, I have been PMing friends who read this like crazy). That being said, my issue with what happened did take away my overall enjoyment of the story and almost kind of marred what I had already read and loved and somewhat ruined it for me. But since this was a 4am-er and made me cry, I am settling with a four star rating. I do think many readers will not have the same issues I had with the book and will love it, so I encourage you if you’re curious to go ahead and read it. This is the angsty, emotional book from Christina Lauren that will break your heart into a million pieces. If that intrigues you even a little bit, I recommend you read this book. ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥

  24. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    UPDATE: second time around as good as the first time - the FEELS are REAL!!! ___________________________________ This story is about the past and the present. The past covers the teenage years of Macy and Elliot, and I don’t think I’ve read anything more beautiful than their story. It was absolutely tender, deeply emotional, and incredibly touching. It was beyond beautiful. A slow burn relationship between Macy and Elliot that started as friendship, and gradually became all consuming. They were eac UPDATE: second time around as good as the first time - the FEELS are REAL!!! ___________________________________ This story is about the past and the present. The past covers the teenage years of Macy and Elliot, and I don’t think I’ve read anything more beautiful than their story. It was absolutely tender, deeply emotional, and incredibly touching. It was beyond beautiful. A slow burn relationship between Macy and Elliot that started as friendship, and gradually became all consuming. They were each other’s EVERYTHING. It was easily comprehensible how much they meant to each other. Their feelings were palpable and undeniable with each word. The present describes a chance encounter and ultimately gives the couple a second chance. I mourned for what they lost, but also cheered with every new encounter. For me what made this book outstanding and an absolute MUST read, is Elliot’s absolute love for Macy. When he talked, I swooned. Even as a teenager, he was a dream, and I was enamored with him. And as an adult he was just – WOW!!! Macy and Elliot were a couple that belonged together. They understood each other better than anyone else. They were yin and yang, the other half, the missing piece. Soulmates. What I liked the most about this story, was the slow build up. The slow burn. There was this amazing relationship that developed in front of my eyes, and I felt like I was part of it. Macy and Elliot didn’t rush into anything. They knew what they meant to each other, and slowly built on that foundation, to become MORE. I WAS LITERALLY BLOWN AWAY BY THIS STORY. AND I COULDN’T BELIEVE WHAT I WAS READING, I WAS ALMOST VIBRATING DELIRIOUSLY IN ANTICIPATION. If you love a great love story. A story that is so much more. An epic tale about love, loss and forgiveness. A love that conquers all, by touching hearts and minds. In retrospect I didn’t really have a choice at all. By opening this book I turned my heart over into the talented hands of the authors, and I didn’t regret it one second. What an amazing book, worthy of all the stars!! ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from Gallery Books for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author. Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog. Find me on Bookstagram.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    4.5 This is definitely my favorite @christinalauren book I’ve ever read! I loved the plot, the alternate timelines and the romance! Oh so swoonworthy!!! ♥️ 💌 Would def recommend if your looking for something sweet, steamy & romantic!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 .

  26. 5 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    5 “I’ve Loved You My Whole Life” Stars! -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. Macy Sorensen is a 28 yr. old woman living in San Francisco. She works in pediatrics in critical care, and is engaged to a great guy. She lives a life she’s content with, but doesn’t ever fully invest her heart. Then a chance encounter with the guy who used to be her entire world makes her feel completely unraveled. Her per 5 “I’ve Loved You My Whole Life” Stars! -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. Macy Sorensen is a 28 yr. old woman living in San Francisco. She works in pediatrics in critical care, and is engaged to a great guy. She lives a life she’s content with, but doesn’t ever fully invest her heart. Then a chance encounter with the guy who used to be her entire world makes her feel completely unraveled. Her perfect little life she’s created is turned upside down. She hasn’t seen Elliot Petropoulos in 11 years since she abruptly pushed him out of her life. He was her first real friend, her first love, her first everything. Macy met Elliot when she was 13, and he was 14. She grew up in Berkeley, & after the death of her mother, her dad bought them a cabin they could vacation at. Elliot lived next door and they became very close. From the start things were always easy and effortless between them. Macy could always talk to Elliot about anything, & he was her safe place. He was her person, the one who understood her best. Elliot can’t believe he’s seeing Macy again. He’s never loved another woman, and hasn’t seen her since high school. After a decade apart he will do whatever it takes to reconnect with her. Macy soon realizes she never got over Elliot. There was a hole in her heart that had never healed that only he could fill. Seeing him again, she has to face that she’s still in love with him, and probably always will be. She’s spent the last 11 years angry & hurt. It’s time to face the past, and move forward. This was such a beautiful emotional story told between past & present about two soulmates that meet when they are both in 8th grade. They become each other’s home. I adored Elliot from the skinny nerd to the sexy man. His heart is absolutely breathtaking. This was the first women’s fiction novel from Christina Lauren, & it was fantastic. It had a completely different feel to it than the other books I’ve read by them. This is one of those books that touched my heart & I’ll think about for a while. Just loved it! -He’s grown into the kind of stranger I would dreamily admire. -He’s my person. He’s always been my person. My best friend, my confidant, probably the love of my life. -There’s an intensity between us that has always been there. -“I’ve never wanted anyone the way I want you.” -I want it all with you. *NOW AVAILABLE* http://a.co/a749Me7

  27. 5 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    4.5 stars This is a case of ”The right book in the right time.” I needed the fluff and sweetness of this book in my life more than anything. This was story about young love and how fragile it could be. A story about grief and heartbreak. A captivating second chance romance. A story about an innocent friendship that could turn into soulmates. He’s my person. He’s always been my person. My best friend, my confidant, probably the love of my life. This book was so simple and heartwarming. This is defini 4.5 stars This is a case of ”The right book in the right time.” I needed the fluff and sweetness of this book in my life more than anything. This was story about young love and how fragile it could be. A story about grief and heartbreak. A captivating second chance romance. A story about an innocent friendship that could turn into soulmates. He’s my person. He’s always been my person. My best friend, my confidant, probably the love of my life. This book was so simple and heartwarming. This is definitely not the typical lighthearted Christina Lauren book. It was such a sweet romance with an impactful story and delicate characters. Honestly, Elliot and Macy are so precious and they deserve to be happy and in love. I loved their friendship, their quirkiness, and their love for books. I loved seeing them in their little bubble. Surprisingly, the change in the timeline between then and now didn’t bother me that much. I loved seeing them in both times. I never got to fall out of love. I just had to move on. While reading their story, I was so freakin scared to reach the end. I was scared to know the reason why two people who were insanely in love would break up and never talk again for eleven years. And I know that this might sound harsh, but after knowing, I think that she has every reason to stop talking to him. I have to say that I had an issue with the reason why those characters broke up in the past tho. It seemed so out of character and it was forgiven so easily, kinda. But The whole book was so sweet, so I chose to ignore that. This book was so simple, yet so beautiful. Song recommendation: September song by JP Cooper Photograph by Ed Sheeran We don’t talk anymore by Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez Everything has changed by Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    3.75 Stars A wonderful story all except what broke this couple up in the past. It definitely seemed so very out of character and just didn't work for me. So wished it never was put in the story and anything else could have occurred. The story without is a 5 star read for sure! 3.75 Stars A wonderful story all except what broke this couple up in the past. It definitely seemed so very out of character and just didn't work for me. So wished it never was put in the story and anything else could have occurred. The story without is a 5 star read for sure!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    4 STARS Other people have a falling-out. What we had felt like a rupture. I don't typically read women's fiction, unless of course it's penned by the talented duo that is Christina Lauren. Then I don't even think twice about jumping into the story. Though truth be told, while the story encompasses friendship, life and loss, the romantic element is very much at the heart of everything. So even though it wasn't the steamy romance that I'm used to from theses authors, the emotional connec 4 STARS Other people have a falling-out. What we had felt like a rupture. I don't typically read women's fiction, unless of course it's penned by the talented duo that is Christina Lauren. Then I don't even think twice about jumping into the story. Though truth be told, while the story encompasses friendship, life and loss, the romantic element is very much at the heart of everything. So even though it wasn't the steamy romance that I'm used to from theses authors, the emotional connection that I developed to these characters and their story was more than enough to make up for it. Macy Sorensen is a woman that seemingly has her life together with a loving finance and a budding medical career. But then everything comes to a screeching halt when she bumps into the one man that she never forgot or gotten over; Elliot Petropoulos. The boy that was once her everything, her confidant, her best friend, her escape, is now a man. And while it's clear there's a reason for their ultimate rift, the reader is left to wander what could possibly happen to tear apart such a strong bond. The story is told in alternate parts past and present, truly engrossing the readers into the connection that these two develop and share from the time they're just children. You get to experience them becoming friends, to developing feelings, and ultimately falling for one another. Christina Lauren did such a phenomenal job with the development of these characters and their sweet and budding love. You don't feel like you're just reading it, you truly feel engrossed in their experience. It's beautiful, emotional, and so incredibly real. It's a coming of age sort of feel with the addition of true adult feelings in the aftermath. It was, for lack of a better word, beautiful. Elliot clearly never got over Macy, and Macy clearly never got over whatever it was that made her turn away from him. Years apart did nothing to heal the wounds or dim the love they had for each other. The story is brimming with emotion and overrunning with the rawness of their love for each other and pain of their past. It was magnificent and almost painful to read at times. It had me riveted to the pages, eager for just one more morsel to truly understand what could possibly go wrong to tear them apart. This had all the makings of an epic 5 star read for me, until the big reveal happens. Man did I struggle with my feelings about it. And while I can understand how something like that could happen in the circumstances they had, it still felt like a betrayal to everything I had learned about these characters. I'd be lying if I said a part of me didn't absolutely hate it. Because I did. I hated it and it ripped my heart apart at the same time. But after sitting on my rating and review for over a week, I decided that I can't discount everything else this book made me feel, including the ultimate reveal of the truth. I may have hated it, but it also made me feel. It made me feel right along with the characters, and even though a part of me can't help but still feel like it was in part unnecessarily OTT, I get it. I truly do. Love and Other Words was a beautifully crafted coming of age story and second chance romance. It was emotional and all encompassing. It made you feel everything. So much of it. And it left a bit of a gaping hole in your heart at the end, even while mending bits and pieces of it. I hated it and I loved it, and I still can't stop thinking about it. ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review Find me on:

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    Love and Other Words is about second chances and speaking your truth. Macy and Elliot met as teenage neighbors and shared a love of books. In the present day timeline, they run into each other in a coffee shop after not seeing or speaking to one another for eleven years, following a fateful night that altered everything. So much has changed in their lives but has anything changed with them? I flew through this story, caught up in the whirlwind of Macy and Elliot’s relationship. I loved their love Love and Other Words is about second chances and speaking your truth. Macy and Elliot met as teenage neighbors and shared a love of books. In the present day timeline, they run into each other in a coffee shop after not seeing or speaking to one another for eleven years, following a fateful night that altered everything. So much has changed in their lives but has anything changed with them? I flew through this story, caught up in the whirlwind of Macy and Elliot’s relationship. I loved their love of reading, and felt their emotions toward one another were genuine, though I grew impatient at points when they seemed to endlessly hold back. Some parts felt a little YA-ish, which made sense given the timeline of the story, but it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment. The book has strong themes of love, loss, and friendship. Love and Other Words was my first Christina Lauren book. I know this duo has received great acclaim from many readers, yet, I just haven’t felt drawn to many of their other stories. This one, however, was worth the wait!

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