Release Day + Review: LOVE AND OTHER WORDS by Christina Lauren

Title: Love and Other Words 
Author: Christina Lauren 
Release Day: April 10th, 2018 
Genre: Women's Fiction 

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.

I don't know how these ladies do it but every time they sit down to write a book, they write a masterpiece. They've never written a book that I haven't fallen head over heels in love with. When going into this book I wasn't sure what to expect. The women's fiction was kind of throwing me off but I knew if these ladies wrote it...I was reading it. 

But don't let the genre throw you off. Because this book is beautiful. I never even read the synopsis of this book until after I finished it. I was lost to this story from the first page. Christina Lauren just grabs you and holds onto you until the very end. 

Love and Other Words follows the life of Macy. The story is told from the present day and from her past. I normally am not a big fan of the past because I always want to know what's happening in the present but with this one I loved the past and present equally. I loved reading her story as a kid and I loved reading her story as an adult. Frankly I would have read a thousand pages of her story. 

Macy was an absolute joy to read. I laughed with her, I cried with him, and I truly felt like I was apart of her life. Macy lost her best friend when she was a kid. It's been eleven years since she saw him...Elliott. He was her everything. The last thing Macy ever expected was for him to be back in her life but he is and she's more confused than ever, since she's engaged to another man. 

I devoured this book, like it was my last meal. I couldn't read fast enough and I couldn't read slow enough. It's one of those books that you will always remember reading and will definitely want to read again. 

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. 

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