Love and Other Words

Love and Other WordsLove and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on April 10th 2018
Pages: 432
ISBN: 1501190539
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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. I started this book and tore through this one. 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

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