Monday, April 16, 2018

My Thoughts: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren (Audiobook)
Love and Other Words
by Christina Lauren
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Publication Date: April 10th 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781501190537
Genre: Adult Contemporary | Romance
Source: Edelweiss

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Love, loss, friendship, and the betrayals of the past all collide in this first fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You / Hating You).

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. (Goodreads)

While I’ve not yet read ALL of the books out my Christina Lauren, I have read and enjoyed quite a few of their books so far, and I’m always interested in finding something new by these ladies. It’s been too long since I read their last book, Roomies, so I couldn’t wait to get started on Love and Other Words. This book was so good you guys! I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read it!

I really enjoyed the storyline for this book. It was super cute, though at some parts a little heartbreaking at times as well. I love that the story is told alternately through the past and present, and the coming-of-age parts of the story were really relatable. (We’ve all been there, right?!) I think storylines like the one for this book are some of my most favorites, and because of that, I completely devoured this book in very little time. *grin*

I loved almost all of the characters in this story. Macy was extremely relatable to me, and I love her love for books. I also love the relationship she had with her father. It was so sweet. I also though Elliot was super sweet as well, and he also has a pretty awesome family. I loved watching the relationship grow between them over the course of the book, both in the past and in the present, and I totally didn’t want their story to end!

Though I had a review copy of this book, I optioned to read along with the audiobook, and that was seriously the best decision ever. I’ve listened to a few books narrated by Erin Mallon so far, and I really enjoy having her read these stories to me. I’m looking forward to listening to more audiobooks read by her soon!

Overall; Christina Lauren definitely has another hit on their hands with Love and Other Words, and this one is definitely one of my faves by them so far. I still need to read a few of their other newest books, Dating You/Hating You and Autoboyography are on the top of my list, and reading Love and Other Words has made me super excited to get started on those as soon as possible. I can’t wait! If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, or just a fan of Christina Lauren in general, do check out Love and Other Words! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.

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