Friday, April 27, 2018

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Title: Love and Other Words
Author: Christina Lauren
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Main Characters: Macy and Elliot
Release Date: April 2018
Publisher: Gallery
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Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
This book has my's a book about two people passionate about words, who became best friends when they were teenagers and then that developed into more over the years. The book jumps back and forth between then...when the two were the absolute best friends and promised to be nothing less and now...when they haven't seen one another for ten years because something happened. The reader has no idea what happened to break them apart throughout the majority of the it's all heartbreaking. They were so good together. What could have happened to them?

And so, the reader keeps frantically turning the page with a deeper and deeper sinking feeling in your gut because you know it's going to be bad...and it so was. So heartbreaking. So devastating. So many emotions flowing all over the page as I sobbed when it all got revealed. 

So, needless to say, this book was fabulous. It's being touted as women's fiction. As someone who really doesn't enjoy WF, I'm really not happy with this classification, although I can see how it's put there. But to my romance lovers heart, this truly feels like a romance, so that's how I'm classifying it. 

So, yes, I loved this book, and definitely recommend it. Note: I listened to the majority of the book via audiobook, and it's extremely well done. But listening to a book (even at 1.5 speed) takes longer than actually reading it, so by the time I got to the last 15% of the book, I couldn't resist picking up my paperback so I could get my answers faster. BUT the audio is a GREAT alternative if you like audio. The narrator does a fabulous job with it. 

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