Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 420
Release Date: April 10, 2018

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 picked up Love and Other Words because I saw so many people say that Every Summer After by Carley Fortune is similar to it and I loved Every Summer After. I can’t help but agree that Every Summer After is very similar to Love and Other Words. They’re similar, but not. But that’s not a discussion I’m going to get into here.

I’m a big fan of friends-to-lovers, so Love and Other Words was perfect for me. Told in alternating timelines, readers watch as Macy and Elliot slowly fall in love and their lives separate from each other for a decade.

Love and Other Words is emotional and all consuming. The chemistry between Macy and Elliot is palpable as they grow to love each other. Even their fumbling scenes are rife with tension as they get lost in each other and the fear of what it means for their futures.

Spoiler thought… Highlight below

Are we going to gloss over the fact that Eliot was essentially raped? He was so drunk he didn’t know who he was having sex with. 

The one criticism I have of the novel relates to the spoiler above. Elliot’s explanation for not doing everything in his power to find Macy after radio silence wasn’t enough for me, especially considering the things he said on the phone to her. 

Overall, Love and Other Words is a friends-to-lovers emotional rollercoaster that had me crying, laughing, and swooning. If you enjoyed Every Summer After by Carley Fortune, you’ll definitely like Love and Other Words.


Have you read Love and Other Words? What did you think?

2 thoughts on “Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren

  1. This was my first CLo book but I read it ages ago though I remember loving it. The part you highlighted about Eliot is an issue that I’ve seen people bring up more than once before but its been so long I actually remember little of what happens in the book. I think I might have to re-read it! Great review!

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