Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Summary of Book: 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.

Christina Lauren has always been a hit or miss author for me. I’ve read books from her like My Favorite Half-Night Stand that easily made it into my Favorite of All Times books along with Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and then there are some books from her like Beautiful Bastard where I kind of felt like I waisted my time reading it.

Love and Other Words is one of those books where in the beginning, I heavily thought that I wouldn’t like it but by the last page, I was wishing there was more to read. On a personal preference, I don’t like reading books where they go back in time. It find all of the back-in-time shit to be boring and a waste until they get to the point of why there going back in time in the first place i.e. the drama that made the two separate. I thought that some, not all, but some of the back in time pieces in this book were not necessary. I would have felt the chemistry and understood the dynamic between Macy and Elliot without some of those memories.

If your someone who doesn’t like THEN and NOW reads, you might find most of the THEN parts to be a bit boring but the rest is completely worth it. Also, since I’m on the topic of things that I didn’t enjoy so much, I feel like Lauren depended too much on her Then parts and the NOW parts were way to short, and not filled with enough detail.

But even with all that being said, I read this book in one sitting and loved it. The chemistry between Elliot and Macy was palpable, I loved the side characters and I adored Elliot’s family. I thought the broken hearted parts were just that; filled with pain that I felt as a reader. And I thought the happy parts were so well written that I was able to feel that as well.

I think this is one of Lauren’s best works honestly. It was amazing and if you like a good friends-to-lovers, falling out only to come back together again, sort of a book, then you’ll like this one.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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