Review | Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other WordsLove and Other Words
Christina Lauren
Women’s Fiction/Romance
Gallery Books | April 10, 2018

About the Book: 

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.


There’s something so joyful in reading Christina Lauren romance’s. I’ve read their NA too, but I believe they truly found their niche in Women’s Fiction. Love and Other Words is my fourth read by the duo, and it is easily my favorite book by them so far. Everything about the story was exceptional, from the past to the present, I was hooked. I’m pretty sure everyone likes a great second chance romance, and this is one of the best I’ve read.

Elliot and Macy made my heart explode!

There was a brilliance in how Christina Lauren wrote Love and Other Words. The first chapter was Now, and the second chapter was Then, and they switched off and on throughout to the end of the book. Elliot and Macy’s second chance was told in tandem with how they’d originally fallen apart. Writing the story in this way, parceling it out, built up the anticipation inside me excruciatingly. I’m on the edge of my seat, hoping Elliot and Macy find each their way back to each other, and at the same time I’m watching their entire teenage worlds implode.

My poor heart couldn’t take it!

It was especially hard to read, but also really romantic, because Elliot came into their reunion with his heart bared. Oh man, did I love Elliot. If there were ever a hero written with Birdie specifically in mind, it would be Elliot. The dark hair, the hazel eyes, the youthful nerdiness growing into a tall broad sexiness. He’s on my list. You know, the one made up of fictional heroes my husband would give me a free pass with, if I could somehow bring them to life. That’s how hard I fell. His words melted me, just the same is they melted Macy.

So yeah, Love and Other Words made heart explode.
Then I floated away on a cloud of romance.

I’m so glad I own this, because I want this story to stay with me forever.

About Birdie

Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.

8 Responses

  1. Love and Other Words is easily my favorite CLo book I’ve read! (Roomies is my 2nd favorite lol) but this story just completely captured me and I loved everything about it! It made my heart so very happy~ I’m so glad you felt the same way! I want them to write more stories like THIS one!


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