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.
Review: Love and Other Words was my first Christina Lauren novel, and I definitely want to read more of her books! I enjoyed her writing style- it was clear and entertaining, while still packing in an emotional punch.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I love Elliot and Macy’s story, and I felt like their relationship progressed in a relatable and authentic way. The adult version of the characters felt a little less realistic, but it didn’t really effect my enjoyment of the book. When I read a book like this, I really just want it to make me feel things, and as I was ugly crying at the end, I’d call Love and Other Words a success!
Wine Pairing: Love and Other Words calls for something youthful, but not too sweet. I’d go with a rosé from Provence in Southern France. Bright and not too fruity, with a lovely salinity to balance it all, this rosé will help to balance the emotion from the novel.